AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

June 07, 2017 12:00 pm News Staff

The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) to promote its myhealthfinder tool,(familydoctor.org) which patients can find on the Academy's familydoctor.org website and use to learn which preventive services are recommended for them.

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Myhealthfinder is an interactive, personalized online tool that provides printable information about preventive services based on a patient's age, sex and pregnancy status in either English or Spanish.

The myhealthfinder recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, who work in conjunction with organizations that include the AAFP; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

In a recent letter to the AAFP,(515 KB PDF) Donald Wright, M.D., M.P.H., acting assistant secretary for health and director of the ODPHP, said the department is pleased to partner with the Academy to encourage patients to get the recommended clinical preventive services they need to stay healthy.

"As a family physician and AAFP member, I am proud of the leadership the AAFP provides in promoting clinical preventive services, which save millions of lives that might otherwise be lost to undetected cardiovascular diseases, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases and conditions," Wright said.

Limited health literacy is one of the barriers to obtaining these life-saving services, he added.

"Patients don't get preventive services, in part, because they don't understand them," said Wright. "Family physicians are key to helping patients understand what they need to do to stay healthy, but with limited time during appointments, we need innovative patient education solutions." This need was the driving force behind the creation of myhealthfinder.

And just as the AAFP incorporated the myhealthfinder tool on familydoctor.org, it can be added to any website(healthfinder.gov) through content syndication and widgets.

Also of note, Wright said CVS Health(www.cvs.com) uses myhealthfinder to educate its Minute Clinic customers on recommended preventive services, and in a recent comparison study, the company found Minute Clinic customers who used myhealthfinder were more likely to receive certain preventive services than those who didn't access the online tool.

Wright concluded by encouraging all AAFP members to use myhealthfinder with patients as a quick and easy way to help them learn about the preventive services they need each year.

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