AAFP Foundation to Receive Heart to Heart International Award

Monday, May 4, 2015

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 ext. 5223

Leawood, Kan. — Thanks to its longstanding support for the underserved and victims of natural disasters, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation(www.aafpfoundation.org) will receive Heart to Heart International’s 2015 Heart for Humanity award. The AAFP Foundation and HHI are longtime partners in the joint Physicians With Heart program, and the Foundation’s current Family Medicine Cares International program in Haiti.

The AAFP Foundation will be honored Saturday, May 9, at the Compassion Gala, a dinner and auction event to benefit HHI aid services and medical supply distribution. The event will be held at the Gallery Event Space in downtown Kansas City.

“Through the years, the AAFP Foundation has helped HHI make a substantial and positive impact in the health of families around the world,” said Jim Mitchum, HHI chief executive officer. “More recently by providing patient care, medical training and volunteer work in Haiti, the AAFP Foundation has worked with us to expand access to healthcare for so many. The AAFP Foundation has shown they truly have a heart for humanity.”

The AAFP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians, advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. The AAFP Foundation has worked side-by-side with HHI for more than 20 years in humanitarian initiatives, providing patient care, medical education and training, service to children and support for disaster relief.

Currently, the AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Cares International(www.aafpfoundation.org), brings volunteers and resources to improve the lives and health of the people of Haiti. Through this program, the AAFP Foundation sends an annual delegation to Haiti. Although the Delegation makes the trip to Haiti once per year, family physicians work with the AAFP Foundation year-round to volunteer in Heart to Heart’s community clinics. The program also provides ongoing faculty development to the Haitian Family Medicine residency program faculty in Cap Haitien and Saint Marc.

The Heart for Humanity Award is presented to a group, organization or company that exemplifies compassion for the underserved and victims of disaster by supporting HHI through monetary, volunteer and gift-in-kind support. Since its founding in 1992, HHI has delivered medical aid and supplies worth more than $1.2 billion to more than 150 countries, including the United States.

For information about the Compassion Gala, May 9, visit hearttoheart.org/compassion-gala(www.hearttoheart.org)

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited 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(5 page PDF) 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).