Advocacy Resources

AAFP Importance of Family Medicine in Michigan Fact Sheet
Presents data on family physicians in the U.S. and Michigan, the physician shortage in Michigan, and family medicine's contributions to the state economy.

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts: Michigan
Michigan-specific data on disparities, health costs, health coverage, healthcare reform, and more.

Robert Graham Center
Synthesis of evidence that brings family medicine and primary care perspectives to health policy deliberations.

Primary Care Collaborative: Primary Care Investment
Presents data for advocating for greater investment in primary care. Despite evidance that primary care is associated with lower costs, higher patient satisfaction, fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and lower mortality, investment in primary care at the state and federal level is insufficient.

Advocacy & Health Policy Residency Curriculum Development Toolkit
This toolkit, developed at McLaren Flint Family Medicine Residency in Flint, MI, is intended to serve as a guide that can be replicated and modified by other residency programs to empower family medicine residents to advocate on behalf of the patients they serve, in both in a clinical and social context.

Citizens Guide to State Legislature
Non-partisan reference tool, prepared by the Michigan Legislature and updated for each legislative cycle, is designed to educate the general public on participating in the state government decision-making process.

Congress 101
This AAFP video will help you get acquainted with the legislative process and the most influential committees and subcommittees in health policy.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Free Online Advocacy Course
A one-hour online course that provides skills and practical strategies for advocating and promoting the value of family medicine. This course will help residents achieve level four of the Advocacy subscompetency per the revised Milestones, effective July 1, 2020.

Glossary of Terms
Commonly used advocacy- and legislative-related terms.

Congress, Committees & Federal Agencies >>

U.S. Congress

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means’ Subcommittee on Health

U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Primary Care Caucus
Bipartisan, bicameral caucus dedicated to advancing public policy that establishes, promotes, and preserves a well-trained, high-quality primary care workforce and delivery system as the foundation of our nation's healthcare system.

Congressional Bill Tracker
While there are many bills introduced in Congress every session, there are only a handful that directly impact family medicine. See which bills have the potential to impact you and where your Members of Congress stand on the issues.

Federal Register
The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
A federal agency that, under the authority of Congress, creates regulations to help government carry out public policy.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees many federal healthcare programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, state and federal health insurance marketplaces, and those that involve health information technology.

State Legislative Bill Tracker

Michigan Legislature

House Health Policy Committee

Senate Health Policy & Human Services Committee

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
A principal department of the State of Michigan that provides public assistance, child and family welfare services, and oversees health policy and management.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – Administrative Rules
Oversees the administrative rulemaking process for each department in the State of Michigan, including the Department of Health and Human Services.


Have questions? Contact MAFP's Director of Government Relations, Matt Black, at [email protected] or 517.664.9082.