The primary care that family physicians provide is the foundation of a strong health care system.
The whole of American medicine benefits from the vital, complex work of FPs -- the individual relationships with patients, the comprehensive approach to health care and the positive impact on entire communities when preventive medicine supersedes fragmented intervention.
To make sure family physicians can focus on those crucial efforts, the AAFP is constantly working to steer legislators, regulators and private payers toward decisions that reduce physicians' burdens and improve the health care landscape.
Starting June 5, the AAFP is bringing the Fighting for Family Medicine newsletter to your inbox every two weeks to tell you about this work. It is also the new email home for the In the Trenches blog from Shawn Martin, the AAFP's senior vice president of advocacy, practice advancement and policy.
In each issue you'll find updates on how the Academy is advancing policy positions and pushing legislative priorities. Beyond providing information, the newsletter is designed to help family physicians everywhere be effective advocates with resources such as the Academy's Grassroots Toolkit, Family Medicine Action Network, and Speak Out tool.
In addition to launching the Fighting for Family Medicine newsletter, the AAFP has redesigned its advocacy web hub to help members stay up to date on the latest work. The hub spotlights the Academy's highest priorities. It's also where members can search for every AAFP advocacy effort by topic and find state advocacy tools that make it easier for family physicians to work on important local issues at the chapter level.
The Fighting for Family Medicine newsletter will be sent every other Tuesday to student, resident and active members.