The Regional Primary Care Coalition represents a cross-jurisdictional effort to improve the health of people living in the National Capital Region*. The District of Columbia and surrounding counties in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia share not only borders and proximity to the federal government but transportation systems, highways, waterways, parks and recreational facilities and one of the most racially and ethnically diverse populations in the country. Although residents may call Virginia, Maryland or the District home, the borders are porous. People travel across the region daily for work, worship, recreation, shopping, entertainment and social activities.
The region also shares relative wealth, prosperity and opportunity compared with much of the country. These advantages are not uniformly enjoyed by everyone or reflected in health and quality of life. There are significant disparities in income, educational and employment opportunity, and access to quality health care and housing in communities in each jurisdiction. These underlying conditions have contributed to poor health indicators in some communities, including a 10-year difference in life expectancy depending where in the region one lives. The Regional Primary Care Coalition offers a regional perspective on health and health disparities. We support strategies to address health disparities and promote activities that advance health equity within the National Capital Region.
Median Income: $69,235–$123,966
Rate of Uninsured: 4.6–20.7%
Infant Mortality: 2.8–7.3
Life Expectancy: 75.40–82.42 years (male);
80.38–85.11 years (female)
*includes the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia (Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Fairfax City and Falls Church City are independent jurisdictions included in these Northern Virginia County health districts).
The Regional Primary Care Coalition (RPCC) is an active collaboration and learning community of local philanthropies and non-profit primary health care coalitions in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland. Concerned with improving the health status of underserved communities and vulnerable populations, RPCC is committed to achieving health equity by eliminating health disparities related to race, ethnicity and socio-economic inequity. RPCC builds regional partnerships, facilitates information exchange and promotes promising practices and successful local approaches to improving population health and health services. RPCC leverages resources and lessons learned for the benefit of the region.
The mission of the Regional Primary Care Coalition is to catalyze regional collaboration to improve access to health services, quality of healthcare, and address the underlying determinants of health with the goal of achieving health equity throughout the National Capital region.
RPCC envisions a future in which the health of people living in the greater Washington metropolitan region is among the best in the nation and where all of the region’s residents have the means and opportunity to enjoy healthy lives and unrestricted access to the highest quality health services. Across the region, governments, businesses, nonprofit groups, communities and individuals are working together to create safe and stable communities, address the social and economic factors affecting health, and establish health priorities and services that address the needs of all residents. Health equity exists and there are no longer health disparities related to race, ethnicity and socio-economic status.
We do our work by sharing information, undertaking collaborative projects, and using our collective knowledge about health care and population health to inform policies and practices throughout our region.
Strategy 1: Learn and Inform
Improve health care services by sharing knowledge, promising practices, and innovations among the region’s health care providers, policy makers, funders, and community advocates.
Strategy 2: Do
Leverage knowledge and resources to speed the development, adaptation and replication of effective approaches to improving health and well-being by undertaking collaborative projects across the region.
Strategy 3: Advocate
Improve the health status of vulnerable communities; advance health equity; facilitate innovation in the design, financing, and delivery of comprehensive health care; and increase the availability and sustainability of integrated systems of community-based care by advocating for the development and adoption of policies and practices that further these goals.