American Academy of Family Physicians Urges People to See Their Family Doctor and #StayWellSoon

Social Media Campaign Reaches Millions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contact:
Stephanie Wilken
Public Relations Strategist, AAFP
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221
swilken@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Today, the American Academy of Family Physicians reached millions of people to help spread the word about the importance of prevention and wellness and how a family doctor can help “save millions.”

The AAFP enlisted more than a thousand people to share a “Stay Well Soon” postcard on their social media channels and let people know how important family physicians are in helping people get healthy and stay healthy.

In conjunction with the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit today -- where family physicians storm Capitol Hill armed with information on important health-related legislative issues -- the AAFP has declared May 23 a National Day of Action to promote the importance of family physicians to the country’s health care system.

“It's important for patients, payers and policymakers to know that we care for everyone -- regardless of age and gender -- and we treat the whole patient, not just a disease or a single organ system. It's about counseling, prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of chronic conditions. We're not just here for coughs and colds,” said Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, board chair, American Academy of Family Physicians.

“And while we didn't specify whether the ‘savings’ was millions of dollars or millions of lives -- the answer is likely both,” she continued.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 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 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).