Fighting for Family Medicine
Fighting For Family Medicine

Congress has begun a busy work season, and so has the Academy, writes Shawn Martin in his latest In the Trenches Blog post. The AAFP's senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy says the Academy's strong engagement with key congressional committees on several family medicine priorities will gain even more traction when members add their voices to the effort.

The Academy this month called on Senate leaders to pass the Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874)( The legislation would help ensure “a culturally competent, diverse and prepared health and biomedical workforce" and lead to improved care and health equity for all Americans, said a letter signed by the AAFP and 69 other medical and academic organizations.

August's congressional recess provides Academy members a prime opportunity to build relationships with their legislators on their home turf and to champion family medicine one-on-one. Prepare to make a strong advocacy connection by viewing the Family Medicine Action Network's recent strategy webinar.

Help Fight for Family Medicine

Family medicine is a worthy fight. Lend your voice to the issues most important to you as a family physician with the AAFP’s Speak Out tool, and access toolkits to help you affect change in your area.

Get involved in advocacy with the AAFP Grassroots Toolkit >>
Unite with your fellow family physicians in the Family Medicine Action Network >>
Reach out to Congress using our Speak Out tool >>

Advocacy By Topic

Stay informed on both state and federal issues using our topic-focused repository. Learn how the AAFP is advancing family medicine via letters and statements on the issues facing family physicians.

Support the Cause


Get involved in the FamMedPAC to help elect candidates who will impact the ongoing fight for family medicine.

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Start with State Advocacy

It all starts with the states: use state-level advocacy tools in both state and federal advocacy efforts. Learn where your state stands related to emerging issues using our interactive map, and get access to toolkits and resources related to state advocacy.  Get involved >>

Track Ongoing Efforts

Keep up with federal and state legislation as developments occur. Learn about the AAFP’s principles of health care reform.

In The Trenches

Read the In the Trenches blog, where AAFP Senior Vice President Shawn Martin weighs in on the importance of advocacy and practice enhancement efforts. More >>