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September 22, 2017

In This Issue...

  1. Academy News
  2. Government Relations
  3. News You Can Use
  4. Members in the News

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Academy News


Celebrating 70 years of IAFP at the annual meeting

Click here for more information and block off the afternoon of October 5 in your calendar. Online registration ends Sept. 27.  All you need is one afternoon! Everything is packed into 5 hours, from 1-6 p.m.!



Stay until Friday and complete a KSA with your IAFP friends! Topics are Heart Failure and Well Child Visits Learn more and register.  



Primary Care Network Innovators Meeting
October 5 at 8:30am - NorthShore Skokie Hospita. Learn more here

Cosponsored by the Primary Care Innovations Network, IAFP and Family Medicine Midwest.  Click here to register


October 6-8 at the Hilton O'Hare Rosemont.  Register today!

Evolution of the #FMRevolution

IAFP's Women in Leadership will host a pre-conference and an all star panel including three Illlnois members are among the Sunday plenary presenters

Check out the four FREE non-CME meal events for a topic that speaks to you.  View the full schedule here

Online Registration ends September 27! 

  • $350 full conference for physicians and residents
  • $175 for one-day only registration 

FREE CME Webinars in September and beyond

Preparing Family Physicians to Address Health Effects of Climate Change: Vector-Borne Diseases, Public Health Implications from Floods, and Mental Health

September 27, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Presented by: Samuel Dorevitch, MD and Elena Grossman, MPH with the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Project, University of Illinois at Chicago , Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Register Here

Link to the IAFP Webinars page to see what's on the schedule for the rest of 2017

Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected]

Federal Update

Graham-Cassidy Bill to be voted on in Senate next week

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are vocally opposed to the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Should the bill pass the Senate, we will ask IAFP members to urgently and strongly contact their U.S. Reps in both parties to vote no. We'll provide the Speak Out Action Alert when it's ready.

Link to the joint letter sent by AAFP and 5 other organizations on Monday. 


SPEAK OUT to fund Teaching Health Centers and CHIP
Your support is needed! The Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 HR 3394/ S 1754 would reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program for three years, allow for the expansion of new programs within existing centers and the creation of entirely new teaching health centers while emphasizing the importance of establishing sustainable funding. Illinois Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Bobby Rush, Peter Roskam and Brad Schneider  are co-sponsors. If we do not take action, this important program will expire on September 30, 2017! Tell your legislators to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center GME program by sending this pre-written letter from AAFP Speak Out. 

News You Can Use

AAFP and MedScape Collaboration is now live! Featuring our own Kristina Dakis, MD

The AAFP and Medscape collaboration will focus on the many issues-personal, professional, business, regulatory-that affect the practice environment and well-being of family physicians. Information and resources will be developed and provided on a co-branded web page on the Medscape website to assist today's family physician in meeting the quadruple aim: improving population health, increasing patient satisfaction, reducing costs, and improving physician satisfaction.  Click here to see it and check out Kristina's story. 

New Resource on our Physician Burnout page
We've added a new infographic from the Advisory board to the burnout resources on Take a look!

Learn more about the AAFP's new initiative: The EveryONE Project

The AAFP and its Center for Diversity and Health Equity are prepared to take a leadership role in addressing diversity and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families, and communities. The EveryONE Project was created with those goals of confronting health disparities in mind. Watch the video for more details about this exciting new initiative. 

As The EveryONE Project gains momentum in the coming months, look out for:

  • A detailed toolkit to support local health equity efforts
  • Expanded conversation on this topic at AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in 2018
  • Key collaborations, announcements, and events that highlight our commitment to good health for all

Renew your DEA registration
As a prescriber of controlled substances, you must secure a renewal from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) every three years timed to the date of your initial DEA registration. Federal law prohibits prescribing controlled substances under an expired registration.

Starting this year, the DEA is no longer sending a second paper notification for renewals, only an electronic reminder will be sent to the email address associated with your DEA registration. Make sure you complete a timely renewal. Maintaining your DEA registration is in addition to securing your controlled substance license in Illinois or any other state(s) where you hold a license.  Learn more 

Members in the News

If you have a news item to share, email it to Ginnie Flynn at [email protected].

Evelyn Figueroa, MD will be honored by the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) with their Medicine Award at their annual gala on October 13. Figueroa, a past winner of the IAFP's Family Medicine Teacher of the Year award is being honored for developing innovative programs to help learners expand their understanding of caring for vulnerable populations.

IAFP Second Vice President Monica Fudala, MD is featured in the Sept. 14 Make it Better Newsletter (North Shore community publication) looking at four bad health habits to break and four good ones to take up instead.

Her NorthShore HealthSystem colleague, IAFP board member Lauren Oshman, MD is also featured in another Make it Better article on seven tips for building a good relationship with your doctor.

IAFP's Op-ed on saving the Teaching Health Center Program appeared in two more publications last week, the Freeport Journal Standard on September 10 and the Cicero Lawndale News on September 14.

Meanwhile, IAFP member Kevin Most, DO used his regular Monday appearance on the "Steve Cochran Show on WGN Radio" to talk about the Teaching Health Center funding bill on Monday September 11.

SIU Center for Family Medicine received great coverage in the State Journal Register and WAND-TV for their grant from Disney which was used to provide fresh produce free to patients on site in the clinics. They also got a "thumbs up" from the SJR editorial board today.

IAFP board member Santina Wheat, MD is featured in a "Heroes in the Community" radio ad, highlighting the good work of Erie Family Health Center, which began airing September 18 on WJMK-FM - 104.3 K-hits in Chicago.

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