News & Announcements
Oct. 19-22, a delegation of MAFP members traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual American Academy of Family Physicians’ Congress of Delegates. The Michigan Chapter was particularly active this year, offering four resolutions before the AAFP Congress.
MAFP President Dr. Tina L. Tanner (Montague) testified in front of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee Sept. 9, speaking out in opposition to Senate Bill 2 as written.
Dr. Pamela Rockwell (pictured at the podium) represented MAFP and Family Physicians when she spoke at a press conference Sept. 10. Alongside other physicians and nurses, Dr. Rockwell spoke after First Lady Susan Snyder introduced the topic.
Several opportunities exist for Family Physicians to have a voice on issues that impact our members across Michigan. Many of them are open to all members, and we welcome any and all nominations or suggestions for these prominent opportunities!
Since its inception in 2009, the MAFP Annual Meeting (formerly the Annual Meeting of Members or 'AMOM') has served as the platform for Family Physicians in the state to reflect on successes from the past year and identify the challenges that lie ahead. At the Annual Meeting, members assemble to examine proposed changes to MAFP policy and governance, elect new leadership, and debate issues that impact members.
Academy Staff and Board members were pleased to welcome more than 100 Family Physicians from across the state to Lansing this past week, to take part in the 2015 Michigan Family Medicine Conference. Special guests included AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, Michigan legislators from across the state, and guests from Indiana and Ohio.
Academy Position on E-Cigarettes
The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is concerned about the increased use of e-cigarettes, especially among youth. Read the official statement and see articles coming from media attention for the Academy position.
If you follow MAFP advocacy efforts you are likely aware of the advancing primary care loan repayment legislation MAFP has been championing for nearly two years. We are thrilled to share the bills, SB 648 and 649 passed the legislature in May and have been signed by the Governor!
Congratulations to MAFP Board Member Loretta M. Leja, MD, of Cheboygan, who was recently presented with the most prestigious award of the Michigan State Medical Society. The Plessner Award recognizes Dr. Leja as a physician who "best exemplifies the practice and ethics of a rural country physician, and for her service to her patients, her community, and the medical profession.”