Dr. Michael Fine Presents Grand Rounds on March 10th

New York, NY (March 7, 2017) —Michael Fine, MD, will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s February Grand Rounds. His presentation, entitled “Health Care Economics 101,” will enlighten learners on what portion of US health care spending is for primary care and how the US spending on medical services impacts public health outcomes.

Dr. Michael Fine is Senior Clinical and Population Health Officer at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, and the Chief Health Strategist for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island.  Fine guides a partnership between the City and Blackstone to create the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station, the United States’ first attempt to build a population based primary care and public health collaboration that serves the entire population of a place.  Dr. Fine has thirty-five years of experience in public health, correctional health, health care for the homeless, primary care practice, community organizing, health policy, population-based primary care, and health care systems design. Before commencing his new role in the City of Central Falls, Dr. Fine served in the Cabinet of Governor Lincoln Chafee as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health from February of 2011 until March of 2015, overseeing a broad range of public health programs and services and overseeing 450 public health professionals and managing a budget of $110 million a year.

Dr. Fine practiced family medicine for 16 years in urban Pawtucket, Rhode Island and rural Scituate, Rhode Island. He is the former Physician Operating Officer of Hillside Avenue Family and Community Medicine, the largest family practice in Rhode Island, and the former Physician-in-Chief of the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals’ Departments of Family and Community Medicine. He was co-chair of the Allied Advocacy Group for Integrated Primary Care. He convened and facilitated the Primary Care Leadership Council, a statewide organization that represented 75 percent of Rhode Island’s primary care physicians and practices.  Dr. Fine founded the Scituate Health Alliance, a community-based, population-focused non-profit organization, which made Scituate the first community in the United States to provide primary medical and dental care to all town residents. Dr. Fine is a past President of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians and was an Open Society Institute/George Soros Fellow in Medicine as a Profession from 2000 to 2002.  He has served on a number of legislative committees for the Rhode Island General Assembly, has chaired the Primary Care Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Department of Health, and sat on both the Urban Family Medicine Task Force of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Advisory Council to the National Health Services Corps.  Dr. Fine is the coauthor, with James W. Peters, of The Nature of Health, a study of healthcare services, human rights, society, technology and industry.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, videoconferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency in Kingston, NY.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, March 10th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue), 2nd Floor. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30am.

Grand Rounds are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month, September-June.