Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas The 2011 National Primary Care Week was established by the American Medical Student Association and Primary Care Progress to highlight the importance of primary care and to bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations; and

Whereas Studies have shown that health care systems with a foundation of strong primary care offer the most coordinated, cost-effective and high quality health care; and

Whereas Massachusetts’ health care reform has placed a significant focus on the need for a robust system of primary care; and

Whereas there is a critical need to train, recruit, retain and sustain primary care clinicians as an essential part of the Massachusetts workforce;  

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the week of October 3rd-7th,  2011 to be,

National Primary Care Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fifteenth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth      

William Francis Galvin        
Secretary of the Commonwealth 
    

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts