Texas Family Physician - Vol. 72 No. 2, Q2 2021

CONTENTS

Building something bigger in the Big Bend
Soft-spoken, humble, and earnestly kind, Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, of Alpine has a vision as big as the Big Bend sky for improving the health and the health care delivery system of Texans in one of the most unforgiving landscapes in the West. Meet the 2020-2021 Texas Family Physician of the Year.

Mental health in the time of COVID
The director of behavioral medicine at JPS Hospital Family Medicine Residency provides tips and strategies to help you care for your patients’ mental health.

Beat the heat and the anxiety
Summer has come with its secret schedule of 100-plus-degree days and vacations to arrange, and yet the pressure cooker of COVID still weighs on the minds of those in health care. Our friends at Anticipate Joy are back with more coping tips to keep cool and calm.

President’s letter
Keeping up the fight for family medicine

AAFP news
New report charts future for primary care

Member news
Local chapter awards grants | Briggs wins TMA award | Members receive state, national appointments

In the trenches
AAFP takes on prior authorization

Foundation
2020 TAFP Foundation Annual Report

Perspective
A scribe’s story