June 2023  |  Issue No. 15

Q&A with Dr. Carol Garvey 
Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award Recipient

Former Montgomery County Health Officer and Primary Care Coalition Board Member Emeritus Carol Garvey, M.D., M.P.H., will be awarded the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award on June 26 as part of the Montgomery Serves Awards Ceremony in Bethesda. The award was established 25 years ago by then County Executive Doug Duncan.

How did you get interested in Public Health?

It happened one evening during my first clinical rotation as a third-year medical student. I was called to the ER to do an admission history on a 36-year-old man admitted for a fever of 106 degrees and pneumonia in both lungs. Because he was uninsured and did not have a doctor, the admission decision was made by a first-year resident. This resident had seen him earlier in the evening, obviously terribly ill, and declared that bilateral or “double” pneumonia was not interesting enough for the man to be admitted to a teaching hospital. He had the patient loaded into an ambulance and taken to Harlem Hospital, where the admitting doctor sent him back to our hospital because Harlem’s beds were full. I was utterly horrified and angry about our resident's cruel and dangerous decision. At that moment, I decided to focus my medical career on equal access to care.

PCC Introduces CoAct Model with Series Addressing Barriers to Health for People with IDD

How often do you attend an event with lots of exciting ideas, only to realize a month later that you haven’t acted on any of them?

We love any exchange of ideas, but we’ve decided that in the future, our focus as conveners is finding avenues for application. We call it CoAct, and the inaugural series kicked off Thursday, June 22nd.

This CoAct summer will consider barriers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in achieving healthy lives and what we can do as a community to address them.

Session one brought diverse perspectives to the table for focused discussion and powerful collaborative solution building. Session two will incubate those initial ideas in exploring best practices and innovative solutions from other communities. The third and final session will share co-generated solutions for shared local action. 

Rosemary Botchway Retires June 30 and Leaves a Legacy of Health and Wellbeing

The Primary Care Coalition’s Vice President for Health Equity Initiatives, Rosemary Botchway, retires at the end of this month after more than 20 years of service to the community. She oversees PCC's Client Services, Provider Relations, and Coverage and Connection divisions and is responsible for the Montgomery Cares and Care for Kids contracts. During her tenure, she has seen the nonprofit grow. She has also been part of the organization’s shift toward building partnerships and strengthening systems that improve the health of vulnerable populations in the region.

PCC Seeks Nominees for Mary C. Jackson Award

If you know someone who deserves recognition for their work on behalf of the people in Montgomery County who need accessible, professional, and compassionate human services, please nominate them for the Primary Care Coalition’s Mary C. Jackson “Good Works, Done Well” Award.

The award is named in honor of the former PCC deputy director who devoted her professional life to developing programs to help underprivileged and underserved children and families. The award is presented each year to the PCC employee or volunteer who demonstrates the most compassion and care and has a proven track record of collaboration.

Nominations for the 2022-2023 award year must be submitted before 9 a.m. on July 20 using the online form. This year’s award will be presented at PCC’s 30th Anniversary culmination event on November 15, 2023.

June 22-August 11, Nate the Great, a musical mystery for ages 5-11 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD (just south of the NIH Campus). A boy who loves detective work solves two mysteries involving a cat, a dog, two friends, and a painting. Book now so you don’t miss the singing and dancing version of the popular book series.

June 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Peter and the Wolf with The Puppet Co. Enjoy a free outdoor bilingual production of Peter and the Wolf in English and Russian. The two-person marionette performance will feature classic music. Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets for viewing. Falls Road Local Park, 12600 Falls Rd. Potomac, MD 20854.

June 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Adaptive (seated) Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan, every Tuesday, join the Independence Now and Disability Partnerships Zoom event that includes a seated adaptation of the simplified Tai Ji Quan 24 form set standardized by the Chinese Martial Arts Association. It is a form of moving meditation that will leave you calm, relaxed, and de-stressed. Register here.

June 29, 9:00 a.m., Washington Post Live: The effects of social and racial inequality on healthcareDuring the last two decades, the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in more than 1.6 million premature deaths compared to the White population. Join Washington Post Live for conversations with assistant secretary for health Rachel L. Levine and top experts about the medical toll of racial inequality and ways to address disparities in health care.

July 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Examining The History, Consequences, and Effects of Race-Based Clinical Algorithms on Health Equity: A WorkshopThis one-day virtual workshop will convene a diverse set of experts to discuss the premise, history, and development of race-based clinical algorithms and their contribution to health inequities. Speakers will explore underlying assumptions of racial differences in physiology and when identifying race and ethnicity as social constructs are legitimate considerations for improving health equity.


PCC Job Opportunities

Senior Director, Health Care Access (Full-Time)

Behavioral Health Care Manager (Full-Time)

Dental Assistant (Full-Time)

Grants Writer/Sr. Development Coordinator (Full-Time)


Support Health for 30 More Years!

Imagine a strong, vibrant community that supports all people in living healthy lives. We’re working toward that vision, and we need your help to get there. Our 30th Anniversary fundraising campaign lays the foundation for our next 30 years of work to make health happen—helping patients, supporting providers, and building systems.

We have two matching opportunities for gifts made on or before June 30th, which makes this the most impactful time to support the cause:

  • We're just $1,400 away from a $5,000 match goal from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. It’s an all-or-nothing match, and your gift to help us reach that $5,000 goal can make a huge difference.
  • DonateStock also matches the value of stock donations up to $500 per donor and $5,000 per nonprofit organization through June 30th (or until the entire matching fund pot has been donated). So, if you give stock, up to $500 of your gift can be matched. 

Ready for action? Here’s how to participate:

  • Click this link to donate stock via DonateStock. This is the highest impact method since it qualifies for both matching opportunities.
  • Click this link to donate online by credit/debit card.
  • Mail your donation to the Primary Care Coalition, Attn: Donations, 8757 Georgia Avenue, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Thank you!


Primary Care Coalition
8757 Georgia Ave 10th Floor | Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
301-628-3405 | info@primarycarecoalition.org

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