Advocacy and Leadership Development Program Strengthens Family Medicine Champions

Dec. 13, 2022 - Fourteen members selected from a competitive application process participated in MAFP’s 2022 Advocacy and Leadership Development Program held on Dec. 9 at MAFP Headquarters in Okemos.

  • Hoda Atef, MD, McLaren-Flint Family Medicine Residency (Flint)
  • Temmy Brotherson, MD, Sparrow Family Medicine Residency (Lansing)
  • Andre Halabu, MD, McLaren-Oakland Family Medicine Residency (Royal Oak)
  • Christopher Hopper, MD (Wayne)
  • Carla Hunter, MD, FAAFP (Detroit)
  • Peter Huynh, MD, McLaren-Bay Family Medicine Residency (Bay City)
  • Jaclyn “Summer” Liston-Crandall, MD (Marshall)
  • Arti Madhavan, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Farmington Hills)
  • Katie Mirzaee, MD, MyMichigan-Midland Family Medicine Residency (Midland)
  • Janani Naidu, DO, Ascension Providence Family Medicine Residency (Southfield)
  • Quentin Simmons, MD, MPH, Ascension Providence Family Medicine Residency (Southfield)
  • Anoop Sinha, MD, Ascension Providence Family Medicine Residency (Southfield)
  • Sarah Toates, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (Madison Heights)
  • Kristi VanDerKolk, MD, FAAFP (Kalamazoo)

The day-long program, held every other year, is designed to enhance members’ leadership and advocacy skills as well as media and government relations.

This year's agenda kicked off with an in-depth leadership course highlighting how leadership strategies have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees then learned the ins and outs of working with the media to amplify family medicine advocacy efforts. This was followed by an advocacy presentation featuring MAFP Advocacy Committee Chair Jessica Heselschwerdt, MD, who shared insights on how to be an effective advocate as a family physician. The day ended with a legislative and budget overview and a session led by Michigan Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., who shared a legislator’s perspective of advocacy leadership.

“It is exciting to continue to have strong interest and support from MAFP members in family medicine advocacy efforts, and for MAFP to engage and educate members on the behind-the-scenes advocacy work that is needed to advance the specialty as well as protect the practice environment and patient-physician relationship,” said MAFP Director of Government Relations Matt Black.