Family Physicians Support Science

Monday, April 17, 2017

Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce its support for the March for Science. Today, we join more than 170 partner organizations who’ve pledged to support the critical ongoing need for scientific evidence, education and investment. On April 22, supporters will march in Washington D.C., and at 425 satellite marches across the world to bring awareness to this important matter.

Our mission is to improve the health of patients, families and communities. We can’t do this without science. Science is nonpartisan, and it has no political agenda. From evidence-based decision-making to the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, science is vital to public health and ensuring a healthy future for all. Family physicians will defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Meigs, contact Stephanie A. Wilken, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221, or

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