Chief Medical Director Honored for Combating State’s Opioid Crisis

On behalf of family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2018 Friend of Family Medicine Award to David Neff, DO, on February 20, 2018.

This annual award recognizes a public official for his/her outstanding contributions to improving the health and safety of Michigan residents.

Dr. Neff, board certified in family medicine, has been involved with large-scale planning programs to address opioid addiction and other population health-related issues, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, since 2000. He currently holds the position of chief medical director in Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medical Affairs, Medical Services Administration.

“Finding a solution to this public health crisis requires a multi-pronged, health system-driven approach involving medical, behavioral health, education, legislative, and legal sectors, as well as pharmaceutical companies and insurers,” said Loretta Leja, MD, President of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

“Michigan’s family medicine community applauds Dr. Neff’s work in developing a statewide, comprehensive strategy to address the opioid epidemic, which includes working with healthcare professionals and the organizations that represent them. He has been a tireless advocate in ensuring that, as the state pursues initiatives to combat the crisis, the voice of the physician and the patient is not lost in the dialogue.”

The Friend of Family Medicine Award was presented before more than 100 Family Medicine advocates who were in Lansing on February 20 to discuss legislative and policy issues impacting healthcare in Michigan.

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians collectively represent more than 5,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students dedicated to providing comprehensive care for Michigan residents across the lifespan. Each year, the two organizations host Family Medicine Advocacy Day to increase awareness among legislators about the key role that Family Physicians play in the healthcare system.

To publicly recognize the contributions of Family Physicians, Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed February 18-24, 2018, as Family Medicine Week in Michigan. Visit www.mafp.com/cme-events/michigan-family-medicine-week to view the proclamation.   

Photo (L-R): MAFP CEO Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE; David Neff, DO; MAFP Advocacy Committee Chairman Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP; MAFP Vice President Keerthy Krishnamani, MD