Courtney, Health Advisor Receive First Ever Congressional Champion of Family Medicine Award
(Washington, DC) — Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Legislative Assistant Maria Costigan, were recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) during their legislative conference on Tuesday and presented with the first annual Congressional Champion of Family Medicine Award. The Congressional Champion of Family Medicine Award is intended to recognize members of Congress and congressional staff who have demonstrated exceptional leadership on advancing public policy that promotes the value of family medicine and primary care to individuals, families, and the healthcare system. Courtney serves as he co-chair of the Congressional Primary Care Caucus along with Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC). Costigan serves as a healthcare policy specialist in Courtney’s Washington, D.C. office and assists with his work on the Primary Care Caucus.
“I am honored to be recognized as one of the inaugural recipients of this award presented by the American Academy of Family Physicians,” said Courtney. “Primary care and family medicine are the front lines of medical care in this country. The goal of the Primary Care Caucus is to improve outcomes for children and families through the triple aim of increased access, improved quality, and decreased cost. More importantly, I am proud to share this honor with a member of my staff, Maria Costigan, who been an incredible asset in advancing the caucus and working for high-quality health care for all Americans. Thank you to the American Academy of Family Physicians for this prestigious honor.”
“Many thanks to the American Academy of Family Physicians for this kind honor, and especially to all of the primary care providers who do incredibly challenging work as the bedrock of our healthcare system,” said Costigan. “I am very fortunate to work in Congressman Courtney’s office and with the Primary Care Caucus on improving access to high quality preventive and primary care.
Michael L. Munger, M.D., president of the AAFP, said, “During their time in Congress, Reps. Courtney and Rouzer, along with staffers Costigan and Cooke, have been relentless advocates for educating their colleagues about the value of primary care across the country. They understand that real improvements to America’s health care system can come only by working across the aisle and supporting proven programs that strengthen the nation’s primary care infrastructure.”
According to AAFP, the awards honor members of Congress and congressional staff for their work as champions for primary care, including:
- Raising awareness of the value of primary care in America;
- Supporting policies and programs that help enhance primary care and the nation’s primary care infrastructure; and
- Working toward bipartisan solutions to improve primary care.
The Primary Care Caucus is a bipartisan coalition of more than 60 members of the House of Representatives dedicated to advancing public policy that supports and promotes primary care providers as the foundation of the health care system, exploring innovative approaches to developing and maintaining a team-centered primary care workforce, and promoting patient care that is continuous, connected, equitable, and accommodating of the social determinants of health.