ACLF Session Descriptions

Wednesday, April 24  

Chapter Forums
2 - 4 p.m.

This year’s chapter forums are designed to provide chapters the opportunity to share best practices and challenges and take peer learning to a new level.

Navigating Change: A Chapter Leader’s Role in Advancing Health Equity
2 - 3 p.m.

The AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity has developed resources and tools for members and chapters to engage locally on issues of diversity and inclusion, social determinants of health, and health equity since 2017. These topics can be challenging, and often the hardest part is learning how and where to get started. Hear from a facilitated panel of three chapters as they share experiences in establishing collective impact in their state. 

Danielle D. Jones, MPH, Center for Diversity and Health Equity Manager
Vince Keenan, CAE, Executive Vice President, and Sachin Dixit, MD, President, Illinois Chapter
Stan Anderson, MD, President and Wayne Ford, MD, Ohio Chapter
Jami Burbidge, MAM, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Minnesota Chapter

Let’s Get in Formation, Physician Advocacy in Action
3 - 4 p.m.

The 2017 Social Determinants of Health Survey found that while 75% of members indicate that participating in advocacy on behalf of their patients is important, less than 25% have ever written an elected official or provided testimony at a hearing. The Physician Advocate, the fourth module of The EveryONE Project Social Determinants of Health Toolkit, was developed to bridge that gap, activating physicians into advocacy. Hear from a panel of members who contributed to the development of the resource, and take away tips for activating your membership to engage with locally elected officials in your state. 

Danielle D. Jones, MPH, Center for Diversity and Health Equity Manager
Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, MD
Marie Elizabeth Ramas, MD

ACLF and NCCL Meet and Greet (Terrace)
6 - 7 p.m.

Get a jumpstart on your conference experience during this casual networking event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 25

Leadership Tune-Up – Your Role as a Board Member and Leader
9 - 11:15 a.m.

In this session, we will discuss what effective board leadership looks like, how to engage in strategic discussions at the board table, and ways to assure a healthy and helpful partnership between board members, with your Chapter Executive and other chapter staff. Key to the presentation will be how to engage in “strategic foresight” – a key function of contemporary board leadership. You will leave the session with a leadership “tune-up” and be even more prepared to take on the challenges and opportunities that your board service presents to you.

Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP, Association of State & Territorial Health Officials

CME Credit 101
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

New to the CME world and wondering how to offer CME credit for your chapter's programs (and the rules to follow to ensure compliance)? Or, perhaps you need a refresher on the various types of CME credit and requirements for family physicians. This session will not only cover the basics of obtaining CME credit but will also provide the opportunity to engage and learn from other chapters on planning and preparing CME activities.

Leslie Christy, AAFP Credit System
Morgan Hosler, AAFP Credit System

Chapter Presidents/Presidents-Elect Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

An opportunity for chapter leaders to discuss chapter activities, share challenges, and explore solutions.


Chapter Staff Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This luncheon is a chance for chapter staff to share information and discuss chapter issues with the AAFP Chapter Relations team.


General Luncheon (Exhibit Hall B)
12 - 1 p.m.

Colleagues from ACLF and NCCL gather for lunch.


Family Medicine Certification: What’s New, What’s True, and What’s Ahead?
1 - 2:15 p.m.

During this session, Dr. Baxley will share updates in the family medicine certification portfolio, including the new longitudinal assessment pilot and the self-directed performance improvement activity option. Additional updates will include ABFM's emphasis on support and engagement of Diplomates and outreach to family physicians and partner organizations. Specifics of the current FMC process will be reviewed to help chapter executives best help their members, both individually and through potential new offerings to Diplomates who are their members. Other aspects of ABFM's work, including research, new tools and programs, and impact of licensure and certification actions will also be addressed.

Elizabeth G. (Libby) Baxley, MD, Executive Vice President, American Board of Family Medicine

Effective Resolution Writing (Terrace)
1 - 3 p.m.

Join your NCCL colleagues and learn to write an effective resolution and serve as a resource for the constituency resolution writing.

Advocacy in Action—State and Federal Legislative Priorities
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Advocates do not have to be leaders, but good leaders should be strong advocates. Learn how the changing landscape affects you and your members through an examination of the priority issues and advocacy campaigns the AAFP tackles in Washington.

Bob Hall, JD, MPA, AAFP
Shelby King, MPA, AAFP

Chapter Staff with the AAFP EVP
4-5:15 p.m.

Discuss current issues during an informal session with AAFP Executive Vice President/CEO Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP.


Strengthening Our Voice and Protecting Our Interests in Today's Political Climate
4:30–5:45 p.m.

Join the conversation about “the new science” of data-based advocacy and the importance of engagement in federal and state policy. Learn how the most effective advocates represent the interests of their stakeholders in today’s highly partisan political environment.

Michael Gottlieb, JD, Ballast Research

Think on Your Feet Public Speaking
4:30–5:45 p.m.

Ever feel like your presentations need a little more ‘oomph’? Have you ever been flustered by the unexpected when your PowerPoint presentation goes kablooey? Learn how to tackle your speaking stressors and adapt in the moment. Whether you’re presenting to your board, speaking to colleagues, or attending networking events, Julie Ostrow will teach you the art of thinking on your feet, how to apply the rules of improv, and some tips for adding a bit of humor to your presentations. Join the fun and learn the skills and tools to manage the unexpected in a professional, confident, and helpful manner.

Julie Ostrow, Find the Funny Enterprises

Evolving as a Family Physician
4:30–5:45 p.m.

We expect to grow and change as we age but are often surprised when we find ourselves in discontent in our careers. This session will explore how we can enjoy the ride as we evolve as family physicians.

Shani Muhammad, MD, FAAFP, Health Integrated

Changing Neighborhoods/Improving Lives – Turning Passion Into Advocacy
4:30–5:45 p.m.

Interested in learning how you can improve your patients’ communities as a way to improve their health? A panel of family physician leaders shares how they turned passion for an issue into advocacy.

Richard Bruno, MD, MPH, Baltimore Medical System
Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, FAAFP, Banner/University of Arizona College of Medicine
Manisha Sharma, MD, Community Health Group
Moderator: Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CareMore Health

Welcome Reception (Atlanta/New York)
5:45–8 p.m.

Join your colleagues for networking and entertainment in the ballroom. This casual reception includes a DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Enjoy yourself and get energized for the amazing programming to follow in the days ahead.

Friday, April 27

Town Hall Meeting (Exhibit Hall B)
7:15 - 8 a.m.

The AAFP’s senior leadership address current issues of critical importance.

CMS Town Hall (Exhibit Hall B)
8–8:45 a.m.

On January 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented several changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program that will impact family physicians and their practices. Additionally, CMS has proposed major revisions to the Physician Fee Schedule starting in 2020 that would significantly alter the methodology by which family physicians are compensated for care provided to their Medicare patients. The AAFP is pleased to once again host CMS Region VII Chief Medical Officer Patricia Meier, MD for this important town hall discussion.

Patricia A. Meier, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region VII

AI/Machine Learning & The Future of the EHR
9 - 10 a.m.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) are infiltrating all aspects of our lives, and in the future, will fundamentally change what it means to be a family physician. This session will discuss the potential perils and promises and what the specialty can do to ensure physician burden is reduced, the quadruple aim is achieved, and family physicians are augmented with AI/ML not disrupted.

Steven Waldren, MD, MS, AAFP      

Accelerating Your Non-Dues Revenue Strategy
9 - 10 a.m.

Associations are increasingly becoming as dependent on non-dues revenues as they are on membership dues forcing organizations to bridge the revenue gap in creative ways. Hear how associations have upped their game in the services they offer from expanding their current educational program fees to strategic sponsorships and new affinity programs. Learn how to navigate roadblocks and get ideas on how you can take your non-dues revenue to the next level.

Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CAE, Rigsbee Enterprise, Inc.

Website Redesign and Management: Straight Talk and Things to Know Before Starting Your Next Project
9 - 10 a.m.

Join us for an interactive “ask the vendor” session to get straight talk, best practices, and things to know or avoid before taking on your next website redesign project (or if you’re in the middle of one). This session will give an overview of the redesign process and insight into key areas to make sure you get the advice you need, including how to develop a project timeline, manage expectations for the site, effectively work with a vendor, and plan for ongoing management and optimization.

Ray van Hilst

Beyond Strategic Planning
9 - 10 a.m. 

We are all familiar with the importance of healthy ecosystems in nature, but what are the essential elements of a healthy association ecosystem? You will learn how to identify and strengthen eight essential elements in your association. You’ll also receive an implementation toolkit that includes an organizational diagnostic that will enable you to evaluate and build these elements in your association.

Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE

Ride the Membership ROI Wave to Sustainable Recruitment and Retention
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Membership is everybody’s business–staff, volunteer leaders, and members at large. Learn how to be a member-ROI-centric organization for sustained growth. Information will be shared on the elements of successful member retention, and how features of membership deliver value. The session will also discuss how to determine products and services that need to be discontinued, how to turn members into member recruitment evangelists, and how to use ROI to convince non-members that membership is a good business, career, and financial decision.

Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CAE, Rigsbee Enterprise, Inc.

Leveraging Strengths for Better Teamwork, Productivity, and Performance
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Association professionals wear many hats. Those who are most successful are able to identify and apply their unique talents to their work with colleagues, members and volunteer leaders. StrengthsFinder and Strengths-based methods have been used by thousands of organizations to heighten individual and team engagement, communication, understanding and productivity. Discover how these and other cost-effective resources can help you and your team. Walk away understanding 34 different individual areas of strength and how to leverage your top five.
Christina Rowe, The Collaborative LLC

Master the Art of Listening
10:15–11:15 a.m.

Learn how to use improvisation skills to connect, communicate, collaborate, and truly listen—a key leadership skill for navigating relationships. Improv skills allow us to be in the present moment, to practice reflective listening (also known as “Yes, and…”), while encouraging others to do the same. Participants will learn valuable skills that can help them improve their rapport and relationships with association members and their co-workers.
Julie Ostrow, Find the Funny Enterprises

Social Media Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Avoid Overload and Keep Your Sanity!
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Digital marketing guru, Corey Perlman, will share his favorite sites, apps, and plug-ins for content creation, management, and syndication. You’ll walk away with a new set of tools that help you become more efficient and effective with your chapter’s social media strategy.

Corey Perlman

LUNCH, AWARDS, and PLENARY: Harnessing Headwinds of Change
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Exhibit Hall B)

In her presentation, Nicole holds audiences spellbound–drawing upon her extraordinary career to offer lessons on leadership and overcoming adversity–with breathtaking video from the cockpit of her jet as the Thunderbirds execute precision turns, rolls, and loops at 400 mph and just 300 feet off the ground, In flying, headwinds slow you down. At their worst, they cause you to change your plans and impact the effectiveness of weapons in combat. Headwinds demand that pilots be resilient and resourceful, literally on the fly. Nicole will inspire audiences to think differently about the headwinds of change they face–organizationally and personally.
Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, RET.)
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow and Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit

Health Care Reform 2020 and Beyond
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

In a recent Gallop poll, health care ranked as the second-most important issue to Americans–slightly behind the economy and slightly ahead of education. The emphasis on health care reform will only grow stronger as we approach the 2020 presidential election. This session is designed to provide an “academic” overview of the strengths and weaknesses of our current system, an overview of the major reform proposals under development, and a comparison of the U.S. system as compared to other countries. For those interested in the future of our health care system, this is a must-attend session.

Moderator: Purva Rawal, PhD, CapView Strategies

Michael Fine, MD
Nicole Fisher, MPP

Managing Virtual Teams and Leading in a Flexible Work Environment
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Organizations are increasingly structuring staff and leadership teams that must collaborate virtually. Leaders must be able to support these teams by adapting leadership styles to ensure they engage and motivate team members. Explore how to engage virtual team members by applying best practices, effective leadership skills, and the appropriate technology. Insights will be shared on the advantages and challenges of leading in a virtual environment and the characteristics of high performing virtual teams. Learn best practices and tips, including the top 5 leadership behaviors required for high performing virtual teams.

Giselle Kovary, M.A., n-gen People Performance Inc.

Using Strengths to Solve Challenges

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Roadblocks pop-up in our careers, on our teams, and in our interactions with members from time to time. In this high-energy session, learn how to tap into your strengths and the strengths of others, to create a mastermind way to approach these points of friction from a point of strength making the removal of these roadblocks much easier! 

Social Media eBoot Camp
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Take a hands-on, tactical deep-dive into the latest digital marketing best practices. In this session, learn the new rules of company Facebook pages, how to use video and images to rise above your competition, how to master content creation, and leave with a specific to-do list you can immediately implement.

Corey Perlman

Different Generations - Different Approaches to Work™: Leading and Engaging a Multigenerational Workforce
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

It is important for every leader to be able to tap into the values and expectations of each generation to increase levels of engagement and productivity. This session overviews the different generations and how the generational identities translate into behaviors in the workplace, as it relates to loyalty, authority, and work styles. Explore how generational identities impact an organization’s ability to produce results, focusing on tactics and techniques for how to increase engagement and levels of performance. Leave the session with leadership tips and actions to engage a multigenerational workforce or team.

Giselle Kovary, M.A., n-gen People Performance Inc.

America Needs More Family Doctors: How Chapters Can Help Get to 25x2030
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

The AAFP envisions a future in which one out of every four medical students (25%) that graduate from a U.S. medical school enters a family medicine residency. Explore new ideas and new approaches to the stagnant issue of an insufficient primary care workforce embedded in a broken health care system in this interactive session. Help shape the future of the 25x2030 Student Choice Collaborative and learn what you can do to start the movement in your own state. 

Ashley Bentley, MBA, CAE, AAFP
Jay Fetter, MSA, AAFP
Chandler Stisher, AAFP Board of Directors Student Member
Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH, AAFP Board of Directors Resident Member

Leading Outside the Exam Room – Caring for Patients Beyond the Prescription Pad
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Our patients’ lives extend beyond of the exam room. Hear from a panel of family physician leaders whose careers have led them to work to improve patient lives both inside and outside of the exam room.
Moderator: Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CareMore Health

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD, FAAFP, Bacani/McKenney Clinic
Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Joseph Nichols, MD, MPH, MITRE Corp

Reflective Leadership
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Effective leadership requires the leader to be reflective and present. This workshop will provide a model utilizing mindfulness, knowledge, action and reflection to accomplish extraordinary results as a leader and in one’s life.

Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP, Mayo Clinic - Florida

From Insight to Action: New Ways to Think, Lead, and Achieve
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. 

Take a fresh look at leadership. Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE will lead an interactive session based on the best-selling book, From Insight to Action: Six New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve. The session will explore emerging leadership competencies that are essential for creating and sustaining success. Learn how to implement these competencies through case studies, real-world stories, and research-validated theory. Challenge your thinking, enhance your leadership skills, and learn how to lead your organization to success in a rapidly changing environment.

Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE

FMPC Chapter Representatives Meeting
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium (FMPC) hosts its semi-annual meeting at the AAFP Leadership Conference. The FMPC provides grants to chapter-level programs, facilitates sharing of best practices, and seeks to connect chapters with larger scale initiatives designed to meet mutual philanthropic goals. All chapters are encouraged to send a representative.     

Saturday, April 28

Chapter Presidents/Presidents-Elect Breakfast    
7 - 8:00 a.m.   

Limited to Chapter Presidents and Presidents-Elect

Network with the AAFP and chapter leaders and discuss current issues.  

John Cullen, MD, FAAFP, AAFP President
Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, AAFP President-Elect 

State Roundtables
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

During this session a representative from each state is invited to share their chapter’s state advocacy priorities for 2019. This is a time to connect and learn from other chapters’ progress made and challenges ahead when advocating for family medicine at the state level.

Data and Research Driving the Value Proposition of Family Medicine
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Learn about current and ongoing research on primary care costs and payment, workforce and scope of practice, measurement of population health and small area social determinants of health, and the "4C's" of comprehensive services–patient-centered continuity of care, accessible first-contact in care, and coordination of care in achieving the "Quadruple Aim.” New efforts in analysis and visualization of policy and practice relevant data, including social deprivation and inequality, chronic conditions, access to care, and related "community vital signs" will also be discussed.

Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Robert Graham Center – Senior Scholar
Mark Carrozza, HealthLandscape