News & Announcements
Following the Michigan House Health Policy Committee’s April 25th hearing on the state’s measles outbreak, the Parent Information Network (PIN), of which MAFP is a proud member, raised concerns over the growing but preventable outbreak by issuing the following statement: “The measles can be prevented and our children protected with a simple vaccination. We are grateful that state health officials are taking this dangerous outbreak seriously and thank lawmakers for their work notifying the public about the dangers of infection and the importance of prevention.” As of April 17, 43 measles cases have been confirmed in Southeast Michigan.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 2 pm, local agencies in communities across Michigan and the U.S., in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Matt Black, a 2018 graduate of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan, returned to the program’s headquarters in Ann Arbor on April 12, this time as a teacher rather than a learner. Among the 2019 fellows is Anne Kittendorf, MD, FAAFP (Dexter). She chose to pursue the fellowship to deepen her understanding of health policy—it's history, how it's currently impacting our health and medical practices, and how we can envision and effectively promote changes that the health system and health in our communities need.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that, as of April 17, the number of confirmed measles cases now stands at 43. The outbreak, which began with the first confirmed case on March 13, includes cases in Oakland County, Wayne County, and the City of Detroit. Possible exposure locations now include Kent and Ingham counties. MDHHS continues to work closely with county health departments to identify additional possible exposure locations.
A delegation of Michigan Family Physicians and Academy staff are heading to Kansas City, MO, to represent MAFP at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum, April 25-27. Hosted annually by American Academy of Family Physicians, NCCL is the premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies of the Academy. The concurrent ACLF provides an opportunity to build and refine leadership skills, discover solutions for chapter challenges, strengthen relationships with other chapter leaders and staff, and share best practices with peers.
Family Medicine Leadership in Action
April 15-19 was a busy week at MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan! It kicked off Monday evening, April 15, with the FMFM Student & Resident Education Committee’s last meeting of the 2018-2019 service year, followed by meetings of the MAFP Advocacy Committee and MAFP Board of Directors on April 17. Topics of discussion and action items focused on the Health Can't Wait prior authorization reform initiative
Focused on Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan’s mission to advance the specialty through, in part, increasing resident and student interest in Family Medicine, MAFP staff regularly visit residency programs and Family Medicine Interest Groups at medical schools across the state to talk about the rewards a career in Family Medicine bring and how the Academy supports residents and students in their journey to becoming Family Physicians.
As drugstores like CVS and Walgreens continue to expand their healthcare services, offering much more than prescriptions, this week the Detroit Free Press explored the question: Are pharmacies replacing the family doctor and dentist? Grand Blanc Family Physician and MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN says she pleads with patients at least once a day to come straight to her. In a follow-up to the article, WJR 760 new talk radio host Guy Gordon talked with Dr. Marshall about her concerns with patients relying on drugstore pharmacies as their source for primary and chronic care.
MAFP's Board of Directors is excited to announce Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE as the organization’s chief executive officer. She will also serve as Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan's exeuctive vice president and as a member of the Family Medicine Political Action Committee. Ms. Ketola comes to MAFP from the Lansing-based Michigan Oral Health Coalition, where she has served as executive director for the past 10 years. Her first day at MAFP Headquarters will be May 6.
As of April 2, the total number of confirmed measles cases in Michigan stands at 34--the highest number in the state since 1991. Nationwide, the CDC reports that already this year, 387 cases—more than in all of 2018—have been confirmed in 15 states. Unvaccinated residents, or those who are unsure of their vaccination status, are encouraged to get the measles vaccine, which is the best protection against this highly contagious yet preventable disease.