American Academy of Family Physicians to Establish Political Action Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Today the American Academy of Family Physicians voted to establish a federal political action committee (PAC), which will become operational in June 2005. The Congress of Delegates, the AAFP's governing body, approved the PAC at its annual meeting.

"Establishing a PAC is the next logical step to enhance the AAFP's growing advocacy efforts," said Michael O. Fleming, MD, president of the AAFP and a practicing family physician in Shreveport, La. "A PAC will help deliver the AAFP's message by raising our profile with key federal legislators responsible for health care policy decisions."

All funds donated to the PAC by members will be used for contributions and other activities related to the support of political candidates, as determined by the PAC board. No PAC funds are to be spent on political advertising. The AAFP will provide annual operational costs.

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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).