People in the News -- March

March 31, 2010 02:35 pm News Staff

Former AAFP President Jim King, M.D., of Selmer, Tenn., has taken over as the new board chair of FamMedPAC, the AAFP's political action committee. The FamMedPAC board and the AAFP's Board of Directors both approved King's selection as the new FamMedPAC board chair.

King replaces AAFP Past President Michael Fleming, M.D., of Shreveport, La., who stepped down as FamMedPAC board chair late last year.

As the new board chair of FamMedPAC, King will focus on increasing AAFP member involvement in the political action committee and working to strengthen the organization's Chapter Champion program. The goal is to generate contributions from at least 10 percent of the membership of each state chapter.

AAFP member Judith Monroe, M.D., of Indianapolis, has been named deputy director of the CDC and director of the agency's new Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

Monroe, who had served the past five years as Indiana's state health commissioner, is past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She will manage three divisions of the CDC as well as provide strategic direction and oversight for the investment of CDC resources and assets in state, local, territorial, and tribal public health agencies, according to a March 1 news release( from the Indiana governor's office. Monroe also will focus on expanding capacity at local public health agencies, increasing collaboration and communication between the CDC and local public health agencies, and serving as principal CDC liaison to other federal agencies and organizations concerning state, territorial and local public health agencies and tribal governments.

Gregory Larkin, M.D., of Indianapolis, has been named to succeed Monroe as Indiana's state health commissioner. Larkin, an Academy member, was a family physician before spending 22 years with pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co.