MAFP Advocacy & Leadership Development Program [SOLD OUT]

December 2, 2016
Karoub Associates, Governor's Room | 121 W. Allegan, Downtown Lansing, MI

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)—which represents more than 4,200 Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students statewide—invites you to apply to attend the inaugural 2016 MAFP Advocacy and Leadership Development Program. The program provides a valuable opportunity for Family Physicians, residents and/or medical students to be trained on the essential skills that shape effective advocacy. This one-day immersion program will change the way you think about advocacy and help shape you into an advocacy leader in your clinic, organization, and community. The program includes training on leadership development, media relations, lobbying, grassroots advocacy, political fundraising and more!


Applicants must agree to attend the entire program plus take part in related follow-up activities. Upon completion of the program, participants will be required to complete and submit an Advocacy Action Plan to be implemented in 2017. The Action Plan should entail planning a grassroots activity (e.g. a breakfast at a clinic where lawmakers can interact with Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and students). All costs related to follow-up events will be covered by MAFP. Submission of the participant's Advocacy Action Plan will automatically enroll the participant in a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship to attend the 2017 American Academy of Family Physicians' Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington, DC, May 22-23, 2017.


We are accepting applications through Friday, October 28, 2016. There is no cost to attend. Additional funding assistance, including a travel stipend, may be available to eligible individuals.

As part of your participation in the program, you will be given the opportunity to learn more about and/or contribute to the Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FMPAC), the exclusive PAC for Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students across the state. To learn more about the Family Medicine PAC and how it is working on your behalf or to contribute, click here.


This Live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


The event will take place at Karoub Associates located at 121 West Allegan Street in Downtown Lansing. For driving directions click here. For a map of convenient parking locations downtown, click here.

Who Should Apply?

All MAFP members, including practicing Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents, and medical students are invited to apply. Selection preference will be given to those individuals who have not been previously engaged with MAFP committees or other Academy leadership initiatives.

How to Apply

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016, 5 p.m. ET


If you have any questions about the 2016 MAFP Advocacy & Leadership Development Program, please contact MAFP Director of Government Affairs, Christin Nohner, at [email protected] or 517.664.9082.

Registration Information

Contact Information

Christin Nohner, Director of Government Affairs
[email protected]


8:45 a.m.                      
Check-In Opens (Karoub Associates’ Governor’s Room)

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.       
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tina Tanner, MD | MAFP Past President and 2016-2017 Advocacy Committee Chair
Debra McGuire | Chief Executive Officer, MAFP

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.    
Opening Session
"Media Relations: Delivering an Effective Message for Family Medicine"
Speaker: Sara Wurfel | Vice President for Public Affairs, Truscott Rossman

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  
"Navigating the Budget and Legislative Process"
Speakers: John Roberts | State Budget Director & Bryanna McGarry | Policy Analyst, Senate Minority Policy Office

11:00 - 11:10 a.m. | Refreshment Break

11:10 – 11:55 a.m.       
"MAFP: Options for Accomplishing Political Goals" [PACs and Fundraising]
Speaker: Eric Doster, JD | Doster Law Offices, PLLC

11:55 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.       
"Fundamentals of Leadership"
Speaker: Allison McClintick | Behavior & Relationship Dynamics Specialist 

12:40 – 1:25 p.m.
Lunch/Keynote Address: "The Role of Michigan Family Physicians in Improving Access to Care"
Speaker: Melanie Brim | President and CEO, Michigan Health Council

1:25 – 2:10 p.m.
"Lobbying 101: Be an Effective Advocate for your Specialty"
Speaker: Tabitha Zimny | Lobbyist, Karoub Associates

2:10 – 2:55 p.m.              
"Grassroots Advocacy: Rally the Troops for Family Medicine!"
Speaker: Anne Kittendorf, MD, FAAFP | Assistant Professor, University of Michigan; Member, MAFP Advocacy Committee & Family Medicine Political Action Committee Board of Directors

2:55 - 3:05 p.m. | Refreshment Break

3:05 – 3:50 p.m.             
Hands On Workshop: Developing Advocacy Action Plans

3:50 – 4:00 p.m.               
Concluding Remarks

*Schedule may be subject to change.