American Academy of Family Physicians Hires Heather E. Palmer As AAFP Foundation Director and AAFP Vice President, Development

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stephanie Wilken
American Academy of Family Physicians
800-274-2237, Ext. 6053

LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Heather E. Palmer has joined the AAFP as AAFP Foundation Executive Director and AAFP Vice President, Development.

As a member of the senior management team, Palmer provides oversight of the organization’s development and grantmaking efforts, including strategic partnerships, grants and the AAFP Foundation’s humanitarian, educational and scientific philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all people.

“Heather brings more than 20 years of individual and corporate development experience to the AAFP and its foundation and has demonstrated leadership in building strong, collaborative relationships," said Douglas E. Henley, MD, chief executive officer of the AAFP. “She will further the mission of both the AAFP Foundation and the AAFP.”

Before coming to the AAFP, Palmer served as director of development and corporate relations at the American Podiatric Medical Association. Prior to that, she was director of corporate philanthropy and partnerships at the Inova Health System Foundation.

Palmer is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. She holds a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degrees in nonprofit management from The American University, Washington DC and a master’s degree in business from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 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.

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