The work of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS) is constant, diverse, and significant.
CHPS regularly processes referrals from the following AAFP entities: the Board of Directors, the Congress of Delegates, the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.
CHPS members are often chosen to serve as AAFP representatives on national panels and programs external to AAFP that guide the development of health policies that define standards of care in practice. These national-level efforts have far-reaching implications as the clinical evidence helps define both quality performance metrics for practices and payment for evidence-based care.
CHPS is often tasked with developing or updating position statements in response to media inquiries and current events, thus supporting AAFP’s Board of Directors and representing the membership as it addresses the nation’s most pressing health concerns. CHPS also supports longitudinal campaigns that are the joint products of AAFP’s collaboration with partner organizations, such as the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative.
CHPS provides oversight of several member interest groups (MIGs) listed below. The MIGs can bring forward recommendations for consideration by CHPS. As of this date, the groups include:
Commission Service Overview
Members serve a two-year term with an option for one two-year extension. Members of the CHPS meet twice each year, January or February in-person along with other commissions in Kansas City, and June virtually.
CHPS has two subcommittees, each chaired by an appointed commission member. Each commission member typically serves on one subcommittee and may also participate in AAFP cross-commission work groups, member interest groups, and in advisory roles.
The Commission on Finance and Insurance establishes reimbursement policies for commission members. Members are reimbursed:
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You can access the Commission Resource Manual for more information here.