MAFP Recognized for Leadership in State Government Advocacy

(L-R) AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy Chairman Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, DO; MAFP President Loretta Leja, MD; MAFP Advocacy Committee Chairman Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP; MAFP Director of Government Affairs Christin Nohner, MPP; MAFP Advocacy Committee Vice Chair Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP; and MAFP Chief Executive Officer Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE.

MAFP leadership convened in Dallas, Texas, November 2-4, with Family Physicians and chapter staff from across the country at the 2017 AAFP State Legislative Conference to share advocacy best practices and get the latest updates on current state and federal policy issues impacting Family Medicine and the delivery of care.

Representing your state Academy were MAFP President Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan), Advocacy Committee Chairman Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP (Montague), Advocacy Vice Chairman Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP (Kalamazoo), Chief Executive Officer Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, and Director of Government Affairs Christin Nohner, MPP.

This year's conference was particularly special for MAFP, as its extensive work on advanced practice registered nurse scope of practice legislation garnered AAFP's 2017 Leadership in State Government Advocacy Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding chapter contributions to further Family Medicine through legislative accomplishments or initiatives, or the support of public policy efforts. Dr. Tanner and Ms. Nohner accepted the award on behalf of MAFP.

"MAFP was honored to accept the AAFP advocacy award for our work on APRN scope of practice legislation. This award shows that developing positive relationships with our legislators enables us to influence the direction of healthcare legislation in Michigan. Now, more than ever, we need every member of MAFP to get actively involved in advocacy efforts by developing relationships with the legislators who represent them in Downtown Lansing, and educating the legislators on the complexity of the healthcare system and the issues we are facing. On behalf of the MAFP Advocacy Comittee, we look forward to seeing everyone at Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day hosted by MAFP and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians on February 20!" said Dr. Tanner.

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