Committees

All members are encouraged to serve on a committee. The leadership provided by committees is key to our organizations' success—no experience is needed, only a desire of MAFP members to serve colleagues and patients by making a difference on issues impacting family medicine. 

Most committees meet virtually in-person and/or virtually three to four times per year. Additional work/feedback may be required/requested between meetings.

Two-year committee appointments, with terms beginning in August, are made by the MAFP President and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan President.

Committee members:

  • Participate in all scheduled meetings and arrive on time
  • Request excused absences from the Chair if unable to attend, and passes along any information to
  • transmit to the committee
  • Becomes familiar with the Committee’s charges
  • Reviews agenda and materials in advance of each meeting as posted on the portal
  • Actively participates in deliberations, makes motions, and votes
  • Discloses any conflicts of interest and recuses self from discussion and/or votes, as
  • appropriate
  • Responds to staff and chair requests in a timely manner

To be considered for an appointment, applications are due by March 1.

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2021-2022 MAFP Committees

Advocacy Committee

Helps shape healthcare policy through interactions with government, the public, business, other professional organizations and the healthcare industry

  • Develops guiding principles on what issues MAFP supports
  • Creates a policy platform that is disseminated to identified stakeholders
  • Ascertains opportunities to provide input and serves as a reliable resource to legislators, state agencies, media, and other targeted markets on legislative matters impacting family medicine
  • Seeks to minimize federal, state and local government and regulatory agencies’ involvement in how family physicians practice medicine
  • Identifies collaborative opportunities with other entities, as appropriate (e.g., develop a list of potential partners)
  • Creates meaningful relationships with other entities that further MAFP’s mission/policy platform
  • Keeps MAFP members apprised in a timely, understandable manner about legislative and regulatory matters at the federal and state levels that potentially impact them and/or their patients
  • Identifies opportunities and mechanisms for advocacy engagement among MAFP members
  • Provides input and support for Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day
  • Develops a list of members who are key contacts and who are charged with maintaining regular interaction with their elected officials, as necessary, and may on occasion be called to testify before a legislative committee
  • Recognizes individuals who exhibit outstanding public leadership via the “Friend of Family Medicine Award” or other platforms

Chair: Beena Nagappala, MD, MPH (Troy)
Vice Chair: Jessica Heselschwerdt, MD (Okemos)
Ex-officio: Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP (South Lyon)
Staff Liaison: Matt Black, MAFP Director of Government Relations
Members-at-Large:

  • Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland)
  • Sarah Becker (student, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine)
  • Chris Bush, MD, FAAFP (Riverview)
  • Raven Batshon, MD (resident, University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency)
  • Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP (Kalamazoo)
  • David Eisinger, MD, MPA (Detroit)
  • Aisha Harris, MD (Grand Blanc)
  • Erin Hendriks, MD (Royal Oak)
  • Anne Kittendorf, MD (Dexter)
  • Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan)
  • Arti Madhavan, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Franklin)
  • Christine Medaugh, MD (Plymouth)
  • Adriana Raus, MD (Okemos)
  • Pamela Rockwell, DO, FAAFP (Ann Arbor)
  • Christine Sheeler, MD (Detroit)
  • Kristi VanDerKolk, MD (Kalamazoo)
  • Jerry Walden, MD (Ann Arbor)
  • Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MMEd, FAAFP (Sterling Heights)

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Member Engagement Committee

Pprovides insights, guidance, and expertise to staff in the development and implementation of MAFP’s multi-year member engagement and recruitment agenda,and works to recruit, engage, and retain members in the community of family medicine in Michigan, while offering viable membership services.

  • Keepis abreast of current issues that affect membership recruitment and retention
  • Evaluates current membership dues and recommend changes, if any, to the MAFP Board
  • Formulates strategies and tactics to identify and create leaders within the Academy and plans to engage participation in Academy programs and events
  • Proposes discussion topics to engage / retain members that are relevant to the practice of family medicine and patients in Michigan
  • Reviews MAFP’s current portfolio of member programs and services
  • Provides thought leadership in the development of a multi-year member engagement agenda
  • Offers insight on how certain matters and issues impact family medicine membership
  • Shares ideas on strategies and tactics that could be utilized to engage and recruit family physicians
  • Utilizes specialized talent and skills in support of accomplishing Member Engagement Committee goals
  • Participates in various engagement and recruiting activities

Chair: Fatin Sahhar, MD, FAAFP (Detroit)
Vice Chair: Susan Stevens, DO, FAAFP (Livonia)
Ex-officio: Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP (South Lyon)
Staff Liaison: Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications & Member Services
Members-at-Large:

  • Olivia Bolen, MD (Saginaw)
  • Eli Eisman, DO, PhD (resident, Henry Ford Hospital Family Medicine Residency)
  • Brandon Karmo, DO (Wyandotte)

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Practice Management Committee

Provides advisory support for Academy efforts around family medicine practice management issues, including but not limited to practice transformation; practice ownership, administration and staffing, as well as payment and reimbursement matters incorporating new models of care and including working with third-party payers.

  • Keeps abreast of current issues regarding practice workflow
  • Provides information to physicians to help educate them on issues involving changes to the way they practice
  • Formulates strategies and tactics to identify emerging issues as well as combatting current issues, including recommending action when it may be warranted
  • Proposes solutions, as needed, to address matters affecting the practice of family medicine and patients in Michigan
  • Providers leadership in the development of an agenda to support family physician practices
  • Offers insight on how certain legislative and/or regulatory matters and issues impact family medicine
  • Shares ideas on strategies and tactics that could be utilized to achieve desired outcomes
  • Assists in creating different methods to help family physicians reduce burnout, administrative burdens, and barriers in recruitment while working to increase practice profitability

Chair: Tim Tobolic, MD (Byron Center)
Vice Chair: Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland)
Ex-officio: Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP (South Lyon)
Staff Liaison: Matt Black, MAFP Director of Government Relations
Members-at-Large:

  • Ben Beduhn, MD (resident, University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency)
  • Robert Jackson, MD, MMM, FAAFP (Allen Park)
  • Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan)
  • Christine Medaugh, MD (Plymouth)
  • Jamila Taylor, MD (Detroit)
  • Samrita Varde, MD (West Bloomfield)
  • David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP (East Lansing)
  • Bashar Yalldo, MD (Howell)

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Resolution Review Committee

Reviews resolutions submitted by members for clarity, formatting, and editing prior to the MAFP Annual Meeting. Prior review allows for more time to be spent during the meeting on discussing the merits of resolutions before members cast their votes.

  • Robert Jackson, MD, MMM, FAAFP (Allen Park)
  • Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan)
  • Mary Marshall, MD, RN, FAAFP (Grand Blanc)
  • Beena Nagappala, MD, MPH (Troy)
  • Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP (South Lyon)
  • Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP (Montague)
  • Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MMEd, FAAFP (Sterling Heights)
  • Staff Liaison: Matt Black, MAFP Director of Government Relations

2021-2022 Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Committees

Professional Development Committee

Plans and oversees all CME programming, including the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo along with other CME initiatives, including CME aspects of the American Board of Family Medicine's Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) program.

Chair: Leanne Swiderski, MD (St. Clair Shores)
Vice Chair: Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Ann Arbor)
Ex-officio: Mary Marshall, MD, RN, FAAFP (Grand Blanc)
Staff Liaison: Denna Bunting, MAFP Meeting Planner
Members-at-Large:

  • Rachel Klamo, DO (Oakland Twp.)
  • Adjoa Kusi-Appiah (student, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)
  • Sahoko Little, MD (Ann Arbor)
  • Madeleine McMall, DO (Wyandotte)
  • Nicholas Moore, MD, FAAFP (Novi)
  • Holli Neiman-Hart, MD, FAAFP (Battle Creek)
  • Jaclyn Randel, MD (Wolverine Lake)
  • Fermin Rankin, MD, MBA, MS (resident, Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency)
  • Zhiling Trowbridge, MD (Grand Rapids)
  • David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP (East Lansing)
  • Jinping Xu, MD, FAAFP (Detroit)

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Student/Resident Education Committee

Brings residency program directors and faculty, family medicine residents, medical school faculty and students together to advance family medicine education in Michigan. 

Chair: Julie Blaszczak, MD (Ann Arbor)
Vice Chair: Nikolaus Fulbright, MD (Southfield)
Ex-officio: Mary Marshall, MD, RN, FAAFP
MAFP Staff Liaison: Dana Lawrence, MAFP Director of Communications & Member Services
Members-at-Large:

  • Olivia Bolen, MD (Saginaw)
  • Himanshi Chopra, MD (resident, McLaren Oakland Family Medicine Residency)
  • Sheala Jafry, MD, FAAFP (Troy)
  • Elizabeth Jones, MD (Ann Arbor)
  • Mahima Karki (student, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)
  • Tyler Ledy, MD (resident, Metro Health Family Medicine Residency)
  • David Lick, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP (Sterling Heights)
  • Scott Ross, MD, FAAFP (Midland)
  • James Parkkonen, MD (resident, Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency)
  • Rohan Venida, DO (resident, Beaumont Health-Farmington Hills Family Medicine Residency)
  • Pierre Morris, MD (Rochester)
  • Jenese Reynolds-Gibbs, MD, FAAFP (St. Clair Shores)
  • Fatin Sahhar, MD, FAAFP (Detroit)
  • Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MMEd, FAAFP (Sterling Heights)

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