Crain’s Detroit Business Reporter Recognized for Increasing Awareness of the Value of Family Medicine

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 2019 Friend of Family Medicine Award to Jay Greene on Feb. 26.
This annual award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to improving the health and safety of Michigan’s citizens.
Greene is a senior reporter at Crain’s Detroit Business, covering, among other sectors, healthcare and insurance.
“Mr. Greene is truly a friend of Family Medicine, increasing awareness of the specialty’s unique dedication to whole-person, patient-centered care for individuals of all ages. We commend him for his accurate reporting that puts the spotlight on the need for increased access to primary care and how state policies and legislation impact lives every day,” said MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN. 
The Friend of Family Medicine Award was presented before more than 100 Family Medicine advocates who were in Lansing on February 26 to discuss with their legislators how reducing administrative burden, investing in the primary care workforce, reforming the payment and healthcare delivery system, and preserving public health and safety is in the best interest of patients and communities across the state.
“I am honored to receive this award because of my long-standing relationships with Family Medicine doctors as story sources and also as personal physicians,” Greene said. “I first started covering family doctors in the early 1980s when I was a daily newspaper reporter at the Bradenton Herald in my home state of Florida. I have found them to be extremely helpful, sincere and quite knowledgeable.”
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 family physicians’ key role in the healthcare system.
“Family physicians are on the frontlines, not only in caring for their patients but also in advocating for their patients,” said Dr. Marshall.
To publicly recognize the contributions of family physicians, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed February 24-March 2, 2019, Family Medicine Week in Michigan.