MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN and Advocacy Chair Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP took active roles when they attended AAFP’s State Legislative Conference in Fort Lauderdale, October 25-27, sharing and gathering advocacy best practices with colleagues from chapters across the United States.
During a round-table discussion, Dr. Dregansky highlighted some of the successes MAFP has helped to achieve through its collaborative work with state partners. Among those is MiDocs, a new initiative authorized by 2017 state legislation for increasing the number of residency slots in Michigan.
Dr. Dregansky also referenced MAFP’s work in opposition to naturopathic licensure, which Dr. Marshall spoke in depth about as a panelist during the Chapter Focus: Scope of Practice session. She provided background information on Senate Bill 826, which seeks to license naturopathic providers as physicians in Michigan, and shared how the MAFP advocacy team has been diligent in educating legislators about the public health and safety risks this would create. Many chapters shared similar issues with scope of practice legislation being introduced.
Dr. Dregansky and Dr. Marshall were joined at the conference by MAFP’s Chief Executive Officer, Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE; Legislative Liaison, Matt Black; and Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP. Dr. Tanner, a member of the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy, served as moderator of a session on administrative simplification.