American Academy of Family Physicians Urges People to See Their Family Doctor and #StayWellSoon

Social Media Campaign Reaches Millions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contact:
Stephanie Wilken
Public Relations Strategist, AAFP
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221
swilken@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Today, the American Academy of Family Physicians reached millions of people to help spread the word about the importance of prevention and wellness and how a family doctor can help “save millions.”

The AAFP enlisted more than a thousand people to share a “Stay Well Soon” postcard on their social media channels and let people know how important family physicians are in helping people get healthy and stay healthy.

In conjunction with the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit today -- where family physicians storm Capitol Hill armed with information on important health-related legislative issues -- the AAFP has declared May 23 a National Day of Action to promote the importance of family physicians to the country’s health care system.

“It's important for patients, payers and policymakers to know that we care for everyone -- regardless of age and gender -- and we treat the whole patient, not just a disease or a single organ system. It's about counseling, prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of chronic conditions. We're not just here for coughs and colds,” said Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, board chair, American Academy of Family Physicians.

“And while we didn't specify whether the ‘savings’ was millions of dollars or millions of lives -- the answer is likely both,” she continued.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

To learn more about the AAFP and family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. Follow us on Twitter,(twitter.com) and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).