Ted Epperly, a nationally regarded family physician and leader in creating models of integrated, accessible and cost-effective health care, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine.
Titled “The Role of Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Health and Health Care of our Communities,” Epperly’s address is Tuesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. in lecture hall 1222 of the Education Building located at 4610 X Street in Sacramento. A reception precedes the lecture at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, with reservations requested via Eventbrite.
Epperly and some of his colleagues recently outlined a blueprint for academic health center collaborations with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in training family physicians. If implemented widely, the approach could increase access to quality care and reduce health care costs in addition to expanding primary care training opportunities in the U.S.
“Ted was my first mentor in academic family medicine when I was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and just out of residency training,” said Anthony Jerant, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis Health. “He leads by example, skillfully balancing the roles of clinician, scholar and advocate. It was from him I learned that family medicine physicians are in the best position to expand access to care.”
Family medicine accounts for more than 190 million patient office visits annually in the U.S., 67 million more than any other specialty, according to Jerant. Family physicians also provide the majority of care for America’s underserved and rural populations, often in FQHCs.
“We are thrilled that Ted is coming to Sacramento to share with us his road map for linking primary care workforce development with expanded and improved care of the underserved, which has tremendous relevance and potential in the current health care climate,” Jerant added.
After retiring as a U.S. Army colonel in 2001, Epperly settled in Boise, Idaho, where he is currently president and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. He also is a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His first book, published in 2012, is titled Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What We Must do to Heal It.
Among Epperly’s many key leadership roles was serving as 2008-2009 president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents approximately 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide.
Epperly is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Family Medicine and has published more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He has given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally and testified before Congress on the topic of health system transformation. He has been named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.
The blueprint — “A New Community Health Center/Academic Medicine Partnership for Medicaid Cost Control, Powered by the Mega Teaching Health Center” — is published online in the journal Academic Medicine.
About the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine
George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting lectureship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in health care. Information about the lectureship is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine are at health.ucdavis.edu.