FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 10, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Julie K. Wood, M.D., FAAFP, vice president for health of the public and interprofessional activities. Wood joins the AAFP staff after a lengthy period of member service with the organization, including serving on its Board of Directors.
In her new role, Wood has oversight responsibilities for the public health, scientific and research activities of the AAFP as well as the AAFP’s relationships with other medical organizations in the United States and abroad. Through these relationships, Wood facilitates the continued development of family medicine and coordinates AAFP international activities.
Wood oversees AAFP efforts to involve family physicians in targeted public health activities, including tobacco, obesity, exercise and immunization. AAFP science staff develops clinical policies and supports, conducts and disseminates practice-based primary care research with the aim of improving health and health care for patients, their families and communities.
“The AAFP is committed to improving the health of the United States, and Dr. Wood embodies that commitment,” said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., FAAFP, executive vice president and CEO of the AAFP. “Throughout her career as a practicing physician, Dr. Wood has been a passionate advocate for the health of her community. She brought that passion to the AAFP as a member leader, and I know that she will approach her new role with the same energy and dedication.”
Under Wood’s direction, the AAFP helps lead family physicians in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management as outlined in the AAFP’s mission and strategic plan.
She leads the AAFP in its efforts to explore collaborative opportunities in additional areas related to the health of the public, such as health disparities, patient education, social determinants of health and medical genomics.
As vice president, Wood also helps direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities in addition to participating actively in the work of the AAFP Board of Directors. She is based at the AAFP’s headquarters office in Leawood, Kan.
Wood has been a practicing family physician for nearly 20 years, starting out as a solo rural family physician in her hometown of Macon, Mo. She has a breadth of experience in family medicine, serving a diverse range of patient populations.
Before joining the AAFP staff, Wood served as associate director of Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City, Mo. She also served as the medical director of Goppert-Trinity Family Care, a 55-provider outpatient clinic. Wood served as the physician lead for the clinic’s involvement in a multi-center, patient-centered medical home pilot project, which led to the clinic being among the first in Kansas City to achieve NCQA recognition as a level-3 PCMH. She is enthusiastic to promote the PCMH model through her work with the AAFP.
A member of the AAFP since 1988, Wood has served on numerous committees and commissions, including the Commission on Public Health and Science, the Commission on Health Care Services, the Commission on Membership and Member Services and the Committee for Special Constituencies. She most recently served as chair of the Commission on Public Health and Science.
Wood earned her undergraduate degree and her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She then completed her residency at Via Christi-St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kan. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 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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January 10, 2013