American Academy of Family Physicians to Establish Political Action Committee

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Today the American Academy of Family Physicians voted to establish a federal political action committee (PAC), which will become operational in June 2005. The Congress of Delegates, the AAFP's governing body, approved the PAC at its annual meeting.

"Establishing a PAC is the next logical step to enhance the AAFP's growing advocacy efforts," said Michael O. Fleming, MD, president of the AAFP and a practicing family physician in Shreveport, La. "A PAC will help deliver the AAFP's message by raising our profile with key federal legislators responsible for health care policy decisions."

All funds donated to the PAC by members will be used for contributions and other activities related to the support of political candidates, as determined by the PAC board. No PAC funds are to be spent on political advertising. The AAFP will provide annual operational costs.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 129,000 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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