News & Announcements
When AAFP’s 2022 Congress of Delegates convenes in Washington, DC, Sept. 19-21, in attendance will be MAFP’s four delegates: Drs. Loretta Leja, Tina Tanner, Mary Marshall, and Mark Hamed. They will testify and vote in support of or opposition to resolutions put forth by state chapters, including one submitted by MAFP.
When the SEMAFP Board met for its quarterly meeting in July, officers were elected and discussions took place/decisions were made regarding, among other things, the 2022 Patsalis Vanguard Award applications and upcoming member events, incuding the all-member and family event coming up on Sept. 17, at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Bell Isle. Registration is due by Sept. 2.
As rates of childhood immunizations continue to fall across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) today urged families to catch up on routine childhood vaccinations before the school year begins. Over the last two years, Michigan’s rate of childhood immunizations has continued to fall, with a six percent decrease in toddler immunizations, for exampale. This leaves 32% of Michigan toddlers at risk for a preventable disease that could result in serious illness, hospitalization, permanent disability, or even death.
Congratulations to Mohammed Aamir Saiyed, MD—a second-year resident at Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency in Saginaw—whose Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI) project on designing and implementing the CMU Family Medicine Residency Sports Medicine Track was selected as a 2021-2022 Best Leadership Project Award winner.
Prior to Congress adjourning for the August in-district work period, there was movement on several key pieces of legislation for which AAFP has been advocating--bills that call for streamlining prior authorization processes in Medicare Advantage plans and extending telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency.
From serving as a delegate in representation of one’s state chapter of AAFP to running for a national position, the conference opens doors for elevating one’s leadership skills, building one’s CV, expanding one’s network, and advancing one’s career. At this year’s National Conference, residents and students from Michigan excelled at representing MAFP, the resident and student voice, and our great state. Below is a snapshot of the tremendous work of these MAFP members.
Thank you to the 79 volunteers who are beginning or continuing their terms of service during the 2022-2023 program year. Volunteerism is the backbone of our Academy, Foundation, and Family Medicine PAC.
Due to a sharp increase in monkeypox virus (MPV) cases over the past few weeks, the White House has declared the virus a public health emergency in the United States. This declaration allows the federal government to now elevate its response in addressing the outbreak, namely by expanding the number of testing sites and accelerating the distribution of vaccines and treatments.
Thank you to the 79 volunteers who are beginning/continuing their terms of service on the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Board, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Board, Family Medicine Political Action Committee Board, and/or one of seven committees.
In the morning hours of July 1, the Michigan Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget bill, which was then sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in time to meet the finalization deadline recently established by statute. Several MAFP priorities are included in the budget that are aimed at increasing the primary care physician and behavioral healthcare professional shortages.