Contents tagged with advocacy
Capitol Update: Watch latest report on TAFP’s priorities in the 83rd Texas Legislature
In this edition of TAFP’s video newscast, Capitol Report, catch up on the … more
Advocating for family medicine under the pink dome
By Anastasia Benson, D.O.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in to the TAFP office. Being a recipient of the TAFP … more
Capitol Update: Watch TAFP’s Capitol Report
Lawmakers filed more than 2,300 bills last week before the first major deadline in the 83rd Texas Legislature. After the … more
Capitol Update: TAFP Board of Directors unanimously supports Medicaid expansion
At last weekend’s Interim Session, TAFP’s Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs … more
Improving the Primary Care Workforce in Texas
Primary care is the key to better health outcomes and lower health care spending, but many Texans don’t have a primary care physician to care … more
TAFP Year In Review
By Samantha White
TAFP worked hard in 2012 to continue serving our members all across the state. The year included high attendance at Academy events, a … more
Use TAFP resources to educate lawmakers on issues important to family medicine
TAFP serves as your voice in the Texas Legislature and we have a team of advocates with strong relationships throughout the Capitol community and in state agencies working on your behalf. We continue to make strides for the specialty, but we can’t do it without your help. TAFP members can make a difference and we invite you to get involved in the fight for family medicine.
The 83rd Texas Legislature convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and getting involved is possible no matter how much time you’re able to commit. Whether taking five minutes to read one of TAFP’s Advocacy Action Item e-mails and send a message to your representative, or a few minutes to donate to TAFPPAC online, or dedicating a day to see patients at the Capitol, your involvement matters. Here are a few opportunities to consider.more
Recommendations for strengthening primary care in the 83rd Texas Legislature
In preparation for the 83rd Texas Legislature convening in January 2013, the Texas Academy of Family … more
An excerpt from the 2012 incoming presidential address
By Troy Fiesinger, M.D.
TAFP President, 2012-2013
Whether we practice in Houston or Henderson, Wichita Falls or Weimar, El Paso or Del Rio, Alpine or Austin; we are all Texas family physicians. We bring different perspectives to the Academy based on where we live and where we’re from. I know what it’s like to work in a large integrated health care system, run a community health center, and teach our future family physicians, but I don’t know how to run your practice. I want to hear from each of you about how we can strengthen family medicine and take care of our patients.
Our health care system is in the midst of a painful rebirth. The insurers, the government, and the hospitals are pulling us in different directions. We stand with our patients at the middle of this storm of abbreviations and acronyms: ACA, ACO, PCMH, EHR, and the Medicaid 1115 waiver.more
Revisiting barriers to building the primary care workforce, 20 years later
By Kate Alfano
For 20 years, health care stakeholders have urged academic institutions to change how … more