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Highlights from TAFP’s 2022 Interim Session
Words and video by Samantha White
The councils and committees of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians met in Austin April 8-9 and deliberated many … more
By Samantha White
A new report on the disastrous health impacts of climate change was recently released by the Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility. The organization’s report, “Texas Climate 2040: How Climate Change Impacts the Health of Texans,” examines the various consequences of the climate crisis and the public health problems they create.
“Climate change is the greatest public health threat of our time,” said Dr. Lisa Doggett, a family physician and president of Texas PSR. “Urgent global action is needed to reduce its impact and mitigate its effects. We need a massive shift to renewable energy to protect the health and future of Texas families and communities.”more
By Christopher Crow, MD, MBA, President of Catalyst Health network and Tom Banning, CEO of Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Following the devastation of World War II, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild a heavily damaged Europe. Our war against this novel coronavirus is far from over, but it is already wreaking havoc on the nation’s primary care workforce. Our frontline health care providers are putting themselves at risk every day without proper personal protective equipment while community-based primary care clinics are facing economic disaster.
We need a Marshall Plan for our primary care and public health infrastructure.more
As more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, family physicians should focus on preparation and prevention. Patients will likely have questions and concerns, and you may experience an increase in patients with respiratory symptoms. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your practice for the possibility that the virus will spread. TAFP will share resources as this situation evolves.
The Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 resource page for health professionals includes criteria to guide testing for persons under investigation, a health care professional preparedness checklist, and information about personal protective equipment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a site to house information about the virus as it is discovered.more
Member of the Month: Cynthia C. Brinson, MD
Austin family physician blazes her own path in medicine, public health
By Kate Alfano
Cynthia C. Brinson, MD, is a family physician … more
Family medicine in the 85th Texas Legislature
By Jonathan Nelson and Perdita Henry
Coming in to the 85th Texas Legislature, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Speaker Joe … more
Member of the Month: Darnel Dabu, MD, MPH
Lubbock physician helps build a healthier West Texas
Darnel Viray Dabu, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has been the medical director of Community … more
Member of the Month: James Mobley, MD, MPH
Retired Army doc contributes to public health of Texas
After receiving his ROTC commission from Texas A&M, James Mobley, MD, MPH, was … more
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Telemedicine: A disruptive revolutionPatients value access and convenience above all else and … more
Sports-related concussion in the young athlete: Who plays? Who sits?
By Walter L. Calmbach, MD, MPH Department of Family and Community Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mark … more