News & Announcements
MidWinter Family Medicine Update Recap
Thank you to all attendees, speakers and exhibitors who helped make the 2015 MidWinter Family Medicine Update a success.
Raising the Profile of Family Medicine in Michigan
This week, February 22-28, has officially been declared Family Medicine Week by the House of Representatives–with 32 cosponsors, House Resolution 18 was adopted, and reads, "We support a robust, primary-care based health care system and recognize the key role Family Physicians play in making Michigan healthy." Read the full resolution here.
To kick the week off, nearly 100 Family Physicians, residents and students...
Despite Cuts, Governor's Budget Proposal Has Bright Spots for Primary Care
This week, Governor Snyder released budget recommendations for Fiscal Years (FY) 2016 and 2017. While some of the recommendations raised concerns within the health care community—most notably, an 8.9 percent cut to Graduate Medical Education funding for the current year—there were bright spots for primary care providers.
MAFP President-elect Visits White House
We the People, an initiative launched as a way for Americans to petition their government about issues that matter to them, hosted the ‘WTPMeetUp’ at the White House October 23, 2014, to celebrate the third anniversary of the movement. Dr. Kim Yu (Frankenmuth), Family Physician and MAFP president-elect, was selected as one of 14 affiliates to attend the event. While there, she was able to speak about the importance of the Health is Primary campaign and advocated for Family Medicine.
Three New Faces at MAFP
MAFP is thrilled to announce three new faces have joined the team this winter, creating new opportunities and possibilities for staff to help achieve the mission.
Committee Announces 2015 Advocacy Priorities
One group working behind-the-scenes is the Advocacy Committee, which meets approximately four times per year to discuss the legislative and policy priorities of Family Physicians across the state.
Newly-Elected House Members Attend MAFP Board Meeting
January 21, the MAFP Board of Directors welcomed special guests Rep. John Bizon, MD (R-Battle Creek) and Rep. Ed Canfield, DO (R-Sebewaing) to the first Board meeting of 2015.
Governor Snyder Takes Action on E-Cigarette, Food Safety and Concealed Pistol License Legislation
While the Michigan legislature officially opened the 2015-16 session this week, some residual work from the 2013-14 session remained. Here is a quick update on those and other legislative issues that MAFP staff have been tracking.
MAFP Board Chair Congratulates Governor on Veto of E-Cigarette Legislation
In an op-ed, MAFP Board Chair Dr. Fred Van Alstine congratulates Governor Snyder on his veto of e-cigarette legislation.
Honoring Our Members: 2015 Call for Academy Award Nominations
The MAFP Nominating Committee is excited to announce the call for the 2015 Academy Awards (due Feb. 20). Awards to honor the most outstanding educator, resident, and Family Physicians are now open for nominations, and will be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo (see upcoming events).