Health is Primary Stop in Detroit Draws Largest City Tour Crowd Yet!


After over one year spent planning and preparing for the Health is Primary Detroit City Tour, it finally took place on October 21. Before a packed ballroom of 200+ #PrimaryCare and #FamilyMedicine advocates at the beautiful Westin Book Cadillac in the heart of Detroit, President and Board Chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen Stream, said, "Michigan’s innovative community of primary care and Family Physicians is driving improved health outcomes and changing the way we deliver care. The primary care success stories we are seeing in this state are emblematic of the critical role primary care plays in transforming America’s health system to increase access to quality, affordable and compassionate care.”

CHASS Behind-the-Scenes Tour

One of those success stories is Community Health & Social Services (CHASS) Center, a community health pillar serving southwest Detroit. Following the October 21st morning Health is Primary panel discussions, MAFP coordinated a behind-the-scenes tour of the Federally Qualified Health Center. CHASS CEO Ricardo Guzman; Chief Medical Officer Felix Valbuena, MD, FAAFP; and Family Physician Richard Bryce, DO highlighted how CHASS is increasing access to comprehensive care, improving health, and impacting social determinants of health.

Health is Primary—Family Medicine in Michigan Mural Unveiling

Another one-of-a-kind highlight of the Health is Primary Detroit City Tour was the unveiling of an 8-foot by 4-foot mural that beautifully captures the breadth and depth of Family Medicine, and the compassionate care that Family Physicians provide their patients throughout the lifespan. A special thank you to up-and-coming artist Tess Tobolic for all of the time she put into painting such a beautiful piece of artwork that now hangs at the MAFP Headquarters in Okemos, Michigan.

If you weren't able to join the Health is Primary Detroit City Tour, watch for Family Medicine for America's Health to post a video soon. You can also read MAFP's tweets and Facebook posts to get a snapshot of the day's happenings. Plus, the Winter 2015-2016 issue of MAFP's Michigan Family Physician magazine will feature a photo montage of the Health is Primary Detroit City Tour. Watch your inbox for the e-Pub and your mailbox for your copy of the magazine, both to be delivered in December.

Do You Have a Primary Care Success Story to Share?

Although the long-awaited and successful October 21st Health is Primary Detroit City Tour is behind us, MAFP is continuing to collect and share stories of "where and how" primary care works in communities across our state. Do you have a story to tell? Email best practices, case studies, and innovations in primary care to Dana Lawrence, MAFP Director of Communications, at, and help us continue to shine the light on Michigan's "best and brightest" to inspire thought, conversation, and progress in Michigan and across the country.