As Washington debates important health issues, take a few minutes to learn more about the issues STFM and other CAFM organizations are most actively pursuing.
Legislators need to hear from you about why family medicine matters. Help us reach out to Congress and tell them how critical it is for them to support family medicine programs, such as Title VII, Medicare Graduate Medical Education, and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. You can make sure they understand why family medicine matters and how their actions impact you by scheduling meetings and setting up site visits. Meetings and site visits provide you an opportunity to personally demonstrate to legislators the role that these federal programs play in developing the primary care workforce and ensuring patient access to high quality primary care.
In addition to utilizing the national backgrounders we have developed, you should develop a local message of the need in your district or state. Consider also developing a talking point or two about the good certain programs provide in your district or state and/or alternatively, the harm that would be caused by their elimination.
Additional materials to help tailor your message and target the right legislator:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Find out what our advocacy staff are doing to ensure adequate funding for AHRQ for research related to the most common acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions that primary care clinicians treat on a daily basis.
Learn about Medicare's current GME funding stream and the advocacy staff's work on Teaching Health Center reauthorization.
Find out how provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect primary care and primary care educators.
Learn about the current status of Title VII funding and what we're requesting.
Use this backgrounder to explain primary care and what it can do for the nation to your representatives.
Use this backgrounder to explain why primary care research is important to your representatives.