Chapter Spotlight

Although AAFP News regularly covers developments that affect family physicians on the national level, many of those developments originate in the various AAFP constituent chapters. The Chapter Spotlight series is designed as an opportunity to look at chapters, their members and the innovative ideas being promulgated at the chapter level. Many chapters, their members and their communities struggle with the same problems, and this series allows these stories to be told so other AAFP members can learn from their lessons.

Delaware AFP Wholeheartedly Supports State's Million Hearts Initiative

Public Awareness, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Are Top Goals

March 31, 2014 04:45 pm — Just as it is in the rest of the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Delaware, according the latest CDC mortality statistics. But in 2012, when current Delaware AFP (DAFP) President Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., was chair of the chapter's community outreach committee, the group noted that although the DAFP had been active across the state in immunizations and tobacco cessation, it was not involved in fighting cardiovascular disease.

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Michigan AFP Joins Grassroots Efforts to Expand Medicaid

Legislative Efforts Pay Off for Medical Coalition

02/28/2014 — If you asked one Michigan family physician how she spent her summer vacation last year, she would tell you she worked diligently toward expanding Medicaid for state residents. Tina Tanner, M.D., president-elect of the Michigan AFP (MAFP), cut her vacation short to give testimony on the issue before the Michigan Senate. She was enjoying time off with family when she took time out to travel to Lansing to testify. For more than a year, the MAFP and other state medical associations had been pushing for expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.

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01/29/2014 — Those who haven't visited the website of the Tennessee AFP recently might notice the addition of the Facebook icon now prominently displayed on the site's home page along with a request to "Like us on Facebook." The focus on social media is part of the chapter's efforts to enhance communication with its members and, in particular, to engage with medical students and family medicine residents.

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12/31/2013 — The winter of 1989 was tough on West Virginia legislators who had gathered at the state capital in Charleston for their regular session. Flu, flu-like symptoms, colds and coughs permeated the capital, recalled Thomas Stevens, health consultant and government advocacy director for the West Virginia AFP.

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