These political giving programs are a vital part of this plan. The purpose is to highlight a WAFP member who is actively involved with the WIFamMedPAC or the Legislative Involvement Fund (LIF). Contributing ensures that both patients and the practice of Family Medicine are protected at the state level.
Wisconsin and the nation face a significant and growing primary care physician shortage. This is due to underproduction, financial pressure and outdated payment and care delivery models. We have recommendations to remedy this problem.
Our mission is to promote excellence in health care and to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through the advancement of the art and science of Family Medicine, the specialty of Family Medicine and the professional growth of Family Physicians.
WAFP 2023 Strategic Plan - Areas of Focus
Approved by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Board on 1/21/2023
Promote "Healthy Physician - Healthy Practice - Healthy Patients" for All Members
Goal 1: Help members with practice issues
Help patients better understand insurance plans
Better business training at medical school and in residency
WAFP to develop residency program presentation on the business of medicine
Strategies/Look at ways to retain clinic staff
Help members and patients understand judicious use of care
Model and support ways to incorporate DEI principles in practice
Promote patient wellbeing
Goal 2: Promote practice transformation
Promote more research and communication with members on DPC
Support members in managing admin burden
Explain the value of family medicine – show the downstream savings in future healthcare expenses
Promote practice styles that are inviting and inclusive to all the people of Wisconsin
Goal 3: Help members with wellbeing and burnout issues.
Focus on reducing administrative burden
Help trainees leverage their worth in contracts, negotiations, etc.
Address expectations in “part-time” desires
Work to make the preference match the practice
Physician preference is to work 40 hours a week. In practice, most actually work 55-60 hours a week
Keep coverage for virtual visits
Goal 4: Actively assist members with CME, MoC and MoL.
Offer sessions on DEI
Promote Family Medicine Advocacy
Goal 1: Develop and promote family physicians as health policy leaders and partners.
Continue to be the voice of reason for organized medicine.
Increase engagement in the advocacy process at all levels of membership (students, residents, practicing physicians)
Increase PAC contributions
Increase members giving testimony and serving as key contacts
Advocate for Primary Care Investment legislation and educate members
Educate policy leaders on the value of Family Medicine
Goal 2: Advocacy in Legislation
Focus on introducing legislation where appropriate
Promote workforce incentives
Address scope of practice and health equity
Continue to partner with WMS and others on mutual legislation and advocacy
Goal 3: Advocate for full scope family physician friendly practice of medicine to support all family physicians and patients
Provide support for members who practice within large health systems and those who want to or do practice in other models (small group practice, independent
practice, DPC, etc.)
Provide data, resources, and advocacy for members in issues relating to health systems (scope of practice, using our voice, etc.)
Provide information and resources to members about alternative practice models
AAFP has DPC toolkits that we can share with members.
Nurture and Develop Family Physician Leaders
Goal 1: Nurture the development of Family Physician leaders in communities, practices and WAFP/AAFP.
Encourage students and residents to run for AAFP national positions.
Goal 2: Support family medicine leadership in academic settings
Provide support for students and residents to participate in research projects
Promote time for research during residency
Connect students and residents with attendings doing the research
Promote more time for family physicians to do research
Grow and Maintain a Family Medicine Workforce
Goal 1: Identify opportunities for public health and family medicine to collaborate with a focus on DEI and social determinants of health
Charge a workgroup comprised of student & resident workgroup and Health 3P’s workgroup members to collaborate on public health efforts
Goal 2: Recruit and Retain Family Physicians
Create value for student membership.
Identify and implement strategies to assist with preceptor recruitment, retention, and training.
Provide educational opportunities for FMIG activities.
Create opportunities for students and residents to become engaged in legislative efforts.
Identify opportunities to reach out to pre-med students. Develop pre-med pathway.
Encourage and support residents with wellbeing and anti-burnout activities and education.
Retain – convey how well primary care (family medicine) is supported in Wisconsin
Promote and make Family Medicine more attractive to those already interested in medicine by:
Reducing the stigma
Telling positive stories
Describe what Family Medicine is really like in recruiting efforts
Expand grant program and loan repayment to adjust to the increasing costs of medical school and rising cost of living
Goal 3: Create strategies to assist AAFP in achieving the goal of 25% of students selecting FM by 2030.
How do you convince medical schools that 25% is what’s needed?
How can we influence and get more FM residencies in Wisconsin to support 25% of graduating med students to go into FM?
Leverage connections to push the message of FM and what it’s really like to the public through social media
Promote the full scope of Family Medicine and the impact that Family Physicians have on their communities.