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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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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140930nmafp-chapspot.html

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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https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20140129tennchapter.html

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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