February 28, 2014 03:59 pm — 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.Full Story »
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.
Recent Chapter Spotlight Stories
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.
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.
11/30/2013 — Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting that the answer is yes.
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More Chapter Spotlight News
- 10/31/2013 — Montana AFP Nurtures Rural Residency Program
- 09/25/2013 — Maine Program Helps FPs Serve Mental Health Needs
- 08/30/2013 — Maryland FPs Lead Health Care Efforts, Innovations
- 07/30/2013 — Communication Efforts Pay Off in Show-Me State
- 06/28/2013 — Florida AFP Diabetes Program Uses Registry, Team Approach to Enhance Care
- 05/31/2013 — New Hampshire AFP Encourages Interest in Family Medicine
- 04/29/2013 — Idaho Program Lures Many to Rural Medicine
- 03/29/2013 — Connecticut AFP Members Focus on Humanitarian Outreach
- 02/27/2013 — Iowa AFP Works to Ensure Continued Supply of Primary Care Docs
- 01/30/2013 — Evidence-based CME Saves Arizona Chapter's Annual Meeting
- 12/31/2012 — NJAFP Transforming State's Practice Environment