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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Contact:
    Stephanie Wilken
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    800-274-2237, Ext. 6053
    swilken@aafp.org


    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 AAFP represents 136,700 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.