FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 14, 2012
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is excited to announce the 2012 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners. These awards recognize family medicine residency programs for identifying and developing solutions to overcome barriers to childhood and adult immunizations. Awards and scholarships to attend the AAFP’s 2012 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students were presented to 13 residency programs:
The 2012 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners were chosen for their ability to find creative, team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. The 2012 recipients were chosen for one of the following award categories:
“We are proud to recognize these 13 programs which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases,” said Craig M. Doane, AAFP vice president for Publications and Strategic Partnerships. “These programs share our vision of improving health for everyone and we hope they will serve as examples of best practices for others who look to increase immunization rates in their communities.”For more information about this year’s winning programs and their approaches to improving immunization rates, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org). Also, to view or download the five-part Comprehensive Immunization Curriculum for Family Medicine Programs please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org) and click on the link to Immunization Resources.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in five of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 192 million office visits each year — nearly 66 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
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June 14, 2012