NAPCRG Bylaws and Board-Approved Policies and Positions
Please find a copy of the NAPCRG Bylaws here.
Updated with May 9, 2022, Board Actions
Request to the ACGME Board to reconsider its decision to reduce this protected faculty time for education and scholarship
NAPCRG Statement on Health Equity and Reproductive Healthcare
NAPCRG stands for health equity. As researchers in primary care, we oppose the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that strikes down longstanding protections afforded by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Our work is hollow if the basic rights of women are discarded.
A fundamental tenet of our statement on diversity and equity is that “we recognize current and historical inequities in research, including inequities in populations and among researchers themselves, that have resulted in disparities in health and well-being…” The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision takes us back to those historical inequities that denigrate women’s interests, those impacted by the social determinants of health (poverty) and minority populations, in particular, who bear the impact of this decision on their health more than others.
Allowing each U.S. state to pass their own laws regarding access to reproductive health care, including abortion services and contraception, exacerbates inequities in the health care system. Those inequities do not follow state boundaries, and they disproportionately affect those women who are in underrepresented groups and underserved areas, where maternal care is already at risk or inadequate. Decreased availability of care and increased travel and associated expenses will make seeking health care challenging for many and prohibitive for some.
This decision undermines the patient-physician relationship and criminalizes the evidence-based medical care that our primary care research work represents. We will continue to support colleagues, patients, communities, and organizations whose work advances evidence-based care, the health of patients, the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship and the protection of choice in the United States.
NAPCRG Statement on Promoting Diversity
"We recognize current and historical inequities in research, including inequities in populations and among researchers themselves, that have resulted in disparities in health and well-being. We strive to create a research environment that amplifies the diverse voices of people and communities across all aspects of research, and particularly for those populations and Indigenous peoples who have been -- or continue to be underrepresented. We seek to promote the participation of a diverse membership in NAPCRG leadership, meetings and programs, research, employment and in all its other endeavors. We strive to include all, inclusive of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, disability, ancestry or national origin; and to promote non-violent, rational idea exchange. We commit ourselves to promote primary care research scholarship nationally and internationally.”
Founded in 1972, the NAPCRG represents 1,000 researchers whose work informs primary care and improves health and health care for patients, families and communities. NAPCRG supports and nurtures clinicians, scientists, students and patients around the world as they pursue primary care research. NAPCRG is an interdisciplinary association committed to nurturing primary care researchers working in partnership with individuals, families, and communities.