Weitzman Institute Primary Care Award Recipients Announced at Symposium

Weitzman Institute Primary Care Awards

The inaugural Weitzman Institute Primary Care Awards recipients were announced at the 2022 Weitzman Virtual Symposium on Wednesday, May 4. These awards recognize teams and organizations that have been innovative leaders in primary care practice, applied research, training and education, and policy.

The recipients are:

  • Primary Care Practice Impact Award: NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the largest public health care system in the United States, for their 3-2-1…IMPACT! Program. The 3-2-1…IMPACT! Program currently serves all families receiving primary care at three women’s health and pediatric clinics, integrating three disciplines across a continuum of care in Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Health. It will be expanded to become the standard of care across the entire NYC H+H system.
  • Innovative Research in Primary Care Award: Mary’s Center, a Washington, D.C., based Federally Qualified Health Center, for their Social Change Model. The Social Change Model is designed to address the underlying causes of health disparities, including issues around employment, housing, food access, education, and other social determinants of health.
  • Primary Care Policy Impact Award: National Black Nurses Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization representing approximately 200,000 African American nurses, for their work influencing and impacting health policy in primary care at the local and national levels. Their health policy work includes combating the targeting and marketing of tobacco and vaping products to children and youth.
  • Health Professions Education and Training Award: Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, a community health center serving the health care needs of the Waianae Coast on the west side of Oahu in Hawaii, for their Na Lei Kukui Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Na Lei Kukui provides rigorous medical training combined with interprofessional care and knowledge of Native Hawaiian culture.


“The work exhibited by the inaugural Weitzman Institute Primary Care Award recipients reflects the commitment to excellence, innovation, equity, and inclusion that is a hallmark of the Weitzman Institute,” says April Joy Damian, Ph.D., MSc, CHPM, PMP, Vice President and Director of the Weitzman Institute. “The Weitzman Institute is honored to recognize these distinguished institutions and we were thrilled to celebrate these innovative programs at our Symposium.”

The 2022 Weitzman Virtual Symposium featured a distinguished roster of the nation’s top thought leaders, researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs leading efforts in Weitzman’s key priority areas: Social Determinants of Health, Health Systems Optimization and Transformation, and Workforce Development. More than 1,000 people from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and more than a dozen international participants attended the virtual event.

For more information about the winning initiatives, watch videos from the recipients:

NYC Health and Hospitals

Mary’s Center

National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center