Family Medicine for America's Health
The AAFP, along with seven other national leadership organizations within the family medicine specialty (the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, American Board of Family Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Association of Departments of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, North American Primary Care Research Group, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine) have examined the challenges and opportunities facing family medicine, and defined a path forward in the rapidly changing health care landscape.
From the Future of Family Medicine project, to the Future of Family Medicine 2.0 project, to now Family Medicine for America’s Health(FMAHealth.org), these organizations are committed to continually transforming family medicine to meet the needs of patients.
The initiatives build on one another. In the Future of Family Medicine Project, extensive national research helped identify and define a new model of practice, now known as the Patient-Centered Medical Home. In the Future of Family Medicine 2.0 Project, two key plans were developed – a communications platform based on research and creative testing, that aligns with stakeholders’ expectations, perceptions, and emotional attachments, along with a plan to communicate the value and benefits of family medicine, and an action-oriented strategic plan with a five-year timeline, addressing the issues most critical to family medicine and providing a role for the eight family medicine organizations.
Today, Family Medicine for America’s Health is uniting the family medicine specialty to further the evolution of the PCMH, advance the use of technology, ensure a strong primary care workforce, and shift to comprehensive primary care payment.
Please join us! For updates and information on this exciting initiative, visit Family Medicine for America's Health(FMAHealth.org).
Health is Primary(www.healthisprimary.org) is a communications campaign that aims to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans. Resources from the campaign are available for member use.