FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 5, 2019
American Academy of Family Physicians
WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Stephanie E. Quinn today joined the AAFP as director of the Division of Government Relations. As director, Quinn will provide strategic and operational oversight of the AAFP’s federal and state advocacy activities aimed at advancing the AAFP’s legislative priorities.
“Stephanie brings nearly 15 years of federal and state health-related advocacy experience to the AAFP. Her expertise in working with government programs, federal regulatory requirements, payment reform and coalition building will strengthen the voice of family medicine as we work to ensure patient access to high-quality and cost-effective health care,” said Shawn Martin, senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy.
Quinn comes to the AAFP from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Baltimore, where she served as vice president for federal government affairs. There she led the organization’s efforts to educate members of Congress, staff and federal agencies on health care legislation and regulations affecting drug pricing, insurance market reforms and Medicare. She also has served as assistant director for congressional relations for the American Society for Radiation Oncology and deputy director for government affairs for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
She is a member of the board of directors for Alluma, an organization founded to design policy and technology to improve access to public benefit services for low-income communities. Quinn is also on the advisory committee of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project, which supports youth boxing clubs, teen suicide prevention programs and local organizations that offer amateur athletics and/or after-school programs for at-risk youth.
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 133,500 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.