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New Hampshire AFP's Mentoring Activities Entice Students, Residents to Choose Family ...

May 31, 2013 - Until last year, when she spent a month practicing obstetrics in a rural clinic in Uganda, Mary Moreno, M.D., a family medicine resident at the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord, N.H., never fully understood the breadth and scope of family medicine. By...

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Idaho AFP Champions Rural, Underserved Opportunities Program

Apr 29, 2013 - A program's longevity often is an indication of its success. Such is the case with the 24-four-year run of the Idaho Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP), which represents a successful collaboration between the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and the ...

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Connecticut AFP Members Focus on Humanitarian Outreach

Mar 29, 2013 - Family physician Craig Czarsty, M.D., of Oakville, Conn., embarked on his first medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2005. From then on, he was hooked. A past president of the Connecticut AFP (CAFP), Czarsty continued to go on annual mission trips until the foundation then ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130329connchapterspot.html

Iowa AFP Pushes State Into Enacting Primary Care Student Loan Repayment Program

Feb 27, 2013 - The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) has earned a reputation as a savvy political player within the halls of the Iowa legislature during the past few years. In 2011 alone, the IAFP and its legislative allies succeeded in halting a Medicare physician payment cut and stopping ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130227iowachapterspot.html

Arizona AFP Turns CME on its Head to Save Annual Meeting

Jan 30, 2013 - In 2009, the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AZAFP) faced a tough decision. According to (then) President-elect Jeffrey Wolfrey, M.D., of Phoenix, the chapter's annual meeting, with its focus on CME for family physicians, was in a fiscal crisis. We'd had this (member) meeting for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130130arizonachapspot.html

New Jersey FPs Transforming, Transcending 'Distressed Environment'

Dec 31, 2012 - As the AAFP constituent chapter that coined the phrase distressed practice environment, the New Jersey AFP (NJAFP) knows a thing or two about what it will take to build and maintain a healthy network of primary care and family medicine practices capable of caring for the state's nearly ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20121231newjerseyafp.html

Virginia Academy Helps Craft State Legislation Clarifying Physician, NP Roles

Nov 30, 2012 - The interests of family physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs) used to collide regularly in the Virginia General Assembly, largely because the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP) and their legislative allies had for a few years been advocating legislation that would grant ...

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North Carolina AFP Casts Wide Net for Medical Students

Oct 31, 2012 - Charles Rhodes, M.D., of Cabarrus Family Medicine in Mount Pleasant, N.C., has been practicing medicine for some 30 years. He describes family medicine as a specialty of relationships between a physician and his patients. Family medicine chooses you; it's just something that fits your ...

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Ohio Department of Health, OAFP Collaborate to Launch Innovative PCMH Program

Oct 1, 2012 - With the help of the Ohio AFP (OAF), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recently turned a valve that will release a river of future primary care physicians flowing into the Buckeye state to provide higher quality health care. The Ohio HB 198 PCMH Education Pilot Project was two years ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20121001ohiochapter.html

Rural Family Physicians in North Dakota Reach Out to Educate Students About Family ...

Aug 31, 2012 - At a time when many largely rural states are desperate to train and then retain family physicians, North Dakota has emerged as a major source of newly minted FPs, earning a reputation for both training and retaining a high percentage of family physicians. As a rural state, much of North...

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Vermont AFP Tackles Big Tasks With Committed Chapter Core

Jul 31, 2012 - America's smallest states -- especially those with large swaths of rural landscape -- face special challenges when it comes to providing access to health care services for their populations. Ditto for membership organizations such as the Vermont AFP, which relies on a small pool of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120731vermontchapter.html

New York State AFP Works All Avenues to Mold Legislation, Traditions

Jun 29, 2012 - The New York State AFP (NYSAFP) couldn't stop the state's Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) from becoming law, so members of the NYSAFP Board of Directors opened a dialogue to temper the bill -- and succeeded. In brief, the legislation creates an online database...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120629nysafp-advocacy.html

Alabama FPs Help Make Patient Care Networks Function

May 30, 2012 - Family physicians often are depicted as the bedrock of the nation's health care system, the leaders of patient-centered health care teams who deliver high-quality care at a lower cost. That description readily applies to the efforts of Alabama family physicians and members of the ...

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USAFP Is Connection Point for Military FPs Worldwide

Apr 25, 2012 - On March 22, during its annual meeting in Las Vegas, the Uniformed Services AFP (USAFP) installed its new president via the Internet phone service known as Skype. The Las Vegas ballroom was packed with USAFP chapter members and their families who exploded in applause and rose to their ...

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Kansas AFP Seeks Out Resources to Help Members Transform Practices

Mar 30, 2012 - Even as evidence mounts that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model improves delivery of care and can result in higher morale and job satisfaction rates among physicians and staff members, the prospect of actually making the PCMH transformation can be financially daunting for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120330kansaschapter.html

Family Medicine Message Resonates With Rural Oregon During Student Bike Tour

Feb 29, 2012 - Although the Oregon AFP has always stressed the importance of supporting and strengthening the state's rural primary care workforce, that message frequently has been lost in a state that is dominated by large urban areas, such as Portland, Salem, Eugene and Medford. However, the Oregon ...

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Feb 1, 2012 - This is the topic page for AAFP News' Chapter Spotlight series, which launched in December 2010.

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Alaska AFP Provides 'Gathering Place' for Far-flung Physicians

Jan 31, 2012 - It's fair to say that family physicians who practice in Alaska have a healthy respect for weather conditions that can isolate towns and even cities in the dead of winter. I'm looking out my kitchen window, and the snow comes up to the base of the window, says John Cullen, M.D., ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120131alaskaafp.html

Texas AFP Overcomes Attempts to Legislate Independent Practice for Nurses

Dec 28, 2011 - A mostly rural state, Texas is experiencing a shortage of family physicians and other primary care physicians. In response, both local and national organizations representing advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNS, have tried to obtain rights for these nurses to practice ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111228texasspotlight.html

Kentucky FPs Join Fight to Make Pseudoephedrine Prescription-only

Nov 30, 2011 - Sixteen state legislatures considered bills this year that would have made pseudoephedrine -- the key ingredient in methamphetamine -- a prescription drug. But, despite the escalating number of meth lab incidence nationwide and an estimated $23 billion a year spent on issues related to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111130kentuckyafp.html

Indiana AFP Values Opportunity to Serve, Mingle With State Legislators

Oct 26, 2011 - Why would a busy family physician put in a 14-hour day to serve as physician of the day for the Indiana Statehouse? Ask Indiana AFP Board Chair Jason Marker, M.D., of Wyatt, who volunteers for his chapter's Physician of the Day program several times every year. On those legislature duty...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111026indianachapter.html

Pennsylvania AFP Assists Primary Care Residencies, Practices With PCMH, EHR Initiatives

Sep 30, 2011 - During a recent noontime conference with his residents, family physician Timothy Heilmann, M.D., asked them, Who here thinks they're doing a good job managing a diabetic patient? All of the residents' hands shot up. But Heilmann, associate director of the family medicine residency at ...

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Illinois AFP Focused on Helping Small Practices Meet Challenges of Health Care Reform

Aug 31, 2011 - As family physicians everywhere struggle to adjust to a revamped health care system, the Illinois AFP has concluded that health care reform offers an opportunity to work with its members to meet and even exceed expectations of the new system. The chapter recently rolled out a four-part ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110831illinoischapter.html

California AFP Teams Up With State's Family Medicine Residents to Spotlight Specialty

Jul 27, 2011 - It started out as a simple idea to hold a social get-together for residents at two different residency programs, but before they were done, Alisha Dyer, D.O., Charlene Hauser, M.D., M.P.H., and Randi Sokol, M.D., M.P.H., had created a bona fide workforce pipeline program operated in ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110727californiaafp.html

Georgia AFP Provides Funds, Support to Launch 'PCMH University'

Jun 30, 2011 - If the Georgia AFP has its way, the state soon will be known for more than its abundance of juicy peaches. By the end of 2012, chapter leaders envision Georgia as a state ripe with family physicians who can, with full confidence, call their practices bona fide patient-centered medical ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110630georgiachapter.html

Magnolia State Grows Its Own Rural Primary Care Physicians

May 25, 2011 - Patrick Brent Smith, M.D., is a third-year family medicine resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, or UMMC, in Jackson. He was also one of the first scholars in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. As such, he'll soon return to his Mississippi Delta ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110525mississippichapter.html

Family Physician Efforts Put Rhode Island on Front Line of PCMH Implementation

Apr 30, 2011 - The Rhode Island AFP has emerged as part of a growing medical home movement in Rhode Island. Family physician practices, public and private payers, and government officials have all come together in an ongoing effort to revamp the delivery and provision of health care services in the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110430rhodeislandchapter.html

Community-focused Colorado Health Care System Touted as National Model

Mar 30, 2011 - During the past couple of years, a highly integrated, community-focused health care system unique to Grand Junction, Colo., has been held up as a model to the rest of the country by sources ranging from medical journals to mainstream media, and from public policy think tanks to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110330coloradochapter.html

Geography Challenges Hawaii AFP's Ability to Grow Family Medicine

Feb 28, 2011 - The legendary surfer's paradise known as the Banzai Pipeline is located on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. However, a very different kind of pipeline is the topic of the day -- every day -- at the Hawaii AFP. Hawaii desperately needs to expand its primary care pipeline ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110228hawaiichapter.html

Arkansas FPs, Other Physicians Rally to Help Injured Colleague

Jan 31, 2011 - Family physician Trent Pierce, M.D., has worked for almost three decades in his solo practice in West Memphis, Ark. So when a bomb exploded outside his car almost two years ago and injured him critically, his physician colleagues swiftly rallied to help in any way they could. Heeding a ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110131arkansas-pierce.html

Louisiana AFP Members, PCMH Critical to Health Care Revitalization in New Orleans

Dec 22, 2010 - The health care system in New Orleans used to serve as a prime example of a top-heavy system that delivered low-quality care at a high price. For generations, the city's health care and safety net infrastructure relied on a highly centralized public hospital system that made access to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20101222louisianacotm.html

Minnesota Chapter, FMIGs Help Students Explore Family Medicine

Nov 30, 2014 - It's not easy to grab the attention of medical students, but a program created by the family medicine interest group (FMIG) at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. -- and supported by the Minnesota AFP -- is helping busy students connect with family physicians in a time-efficient ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20141130minnesotaafp.html

Strength of Oklahoma AFP Rooted in Student Programming

Oct 31, 2014 - Each September, first-year students at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City are invited to a welcome luncheon organized by the school's Family and Community Medicine Interest Group. The welcome lunch and subsequent monthly luncheons help dispel common myths ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20141031okla-afp.html

Project ECHO Trains, Empowers New Mexico FPs to Provide Subspecialty Care

Sep 30, 2014 - Thanks to an innovative program that links subspecialists with primary care professionals, a growing number of New Mexico patients are receiving subspecialty care directly from their family physicians.

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Utah AFP Fights for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Aug 31, 2014 - Given active promotion of e-cigarettes in Utah combined with growing use of the products among teenagers, the Utah AFP is aggressively lobbying to ensure e-cigarettes are regulated by the state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140831utahafp.html

Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Chapters Face Unique Challenges

Jul 31, 2014 - Despite facing unique challenges with often limited resources, some of the AAFP's smaller chapters find creative ways to spread family medicine's message of the importance of prevention and patient self-management.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140731guam-pr-vichapters.html

For Massachusetts AFP, Advocacy Takes Center Stage

May 31, 2014 - The Massachusetts AFP takes advocacy seriously, committing significant amounts of time and resources to ensuring family medicine’s voice is heard by federal and state lawmakers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140531massafpchapspot.html

South Dakota AFP Focuses Resources on Student Pipeline Programs

Apr 30, 2014 - The South Dakota AFP works closely with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls -- the state's only medical school -- to support several programs aimed at ensuring a robust physician workforce pipeline.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140430southdakafp.html

Delaware AFP Wholeheartedly Supports State's Million Hearts Initiative

Mar 31, 2014 - Just as it is in the rest of the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Delaware, according the latest CDC mortality statistics. But in 2012, when current Delaware AFP (DAFP) President Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., was chair of the chapter's community outreach ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140331delawareafp.html

Wisconsin AFP Leads Cross-disciplinary Effort to Bolster State's Primary Care Workforce

Jun 30, 2014 - Before 2012, the Wisconsin AFP had focused on helping members transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes and then on payment reform. That focus shifted in 2012, when the chapter convened a diverse group of stakeholders to tackle the state's primary care workforce ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140630wafp-chapspot.html

Michigan AFP Joins Grassroots Efforts to Expand Medicaid

Feb 28, 2014 - If you asked one Michigan family physician how she spent her summer vacation last year, she would tell you she worked diligently toward expanding Medicaid for state residents. Tina Tanner, M.D., president-elect of the Michigan AFP (MAFP), cut her vacation short to give testimony on the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140228michiganchapter.html

Tennessee AFP Taps Into Student, Resident Energy; Explores Social Media

Jan 29, 2014 - Those who haven't visited the website of the Tennessee AFP recently might notice the addition of the Facebook icon now prominently displayed on the site's home page along with a request to Like us on Facebook. The focus on social media is part of the chapter's efforts to enhance ...

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West Virginia AFP's Doc for a Day Program Benefits Lawmakers, Physicians Alike

Dec 31, 2013 - The winter of 1989 was tough on West Virginia legislators who had gathered at the state capital in Charleston for their regular session. Flu, flu-like symptoms, colds and coughs permeated the capital, recalled Thomas Stevens, health consultant and government advocacy director for the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20131231westva-chapter.html

Nebraska FPs Betting on Success With Their Own ACO

Nov 30, 2013 - Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting that the answer is yes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20131130nebchapspot.html

Montana AFP Helps Launch, Nurture New Residency to Alleviate FP Shortage

Oct 31, 2013 - What do family physicians do when the 1 million plus citizens of their state -- celebrated for its wide open spaces -- are starved for the kind of comprehensive health care that only family physicians can provide? In Montana, a group of energetic and like-minded health care ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20131031montanachapter.html

Program That Puts FPs in Touch With Psychiatrists Helps Patients in Maine

Sep 25, 2013 - Many largely rural states have difficulty ensuring mental health services are available for all their citizens, leaving family physicians in these states to step in to fill the mental health care gap created by the lack of small-town mental health professionals. Maine is one of those ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130925maineafp.html

Maryland Family Physicians Lead Health Care Efforts, Innovations

Aug 30, 2013 - Family physicians in Maryland practice and work in various settings and capacities, using their skills and expertise to deliver and improve health care for thousands of patients throughout the state. This diversity is one of the Maryland AFP's (MDAFP's) greatest attributes, enabling ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130830marylandchapspot0.html

Communication Efforts Pay Off in Show-Me State

Jul 30, 2013 - When it comes to cultivating and nurturing its family physician members, the Missouri AFP holds the magic key -- communication -- a term defined by Merriam-Webster as an act of transmitting a verbal or written message. The chapter uses multiple resources and methods to keep its members ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130730missouriafp.html

Florida AFP Foundation's Diabetes Program Uses Registry, Team Approach to Enhance Care

Jun 28, 2013 - According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States -- 8.3 percent of the population -- have diabetes, with the overall cost of diagnosed disease estimated at $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130628floridaafp.html

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