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Glen Stream, MD, MBI, to Speak About the Impact Family Medicine for America’s Health Initiative Will Have on Practices and Training

August 14, 2014—Family Medicine for America’s Health Board Chair Glen Stream, MD, MBI, will talk about Family Medicine for America’s Health and its pending impact on family medicine practices during the December 5 general session at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL. 

“Our family medicine education model needs to create and sustain the work force for practice in this evolving PCMH model,” said Dr Stream. He believes Family Medicine for America’s Health will help the discipline meet that task.

In August 2013, seven national family medicine organizations, STFM included, began a follow-up initiative to the Future of Family Medicine project to examine the challenges and opportunities facing family medicine today, and define a path forward in the context of a rapidly changing health care landscape. The collaborative organizations have pledged more than $20,000,000 over the next 5 years to implement the Family Medicine for America’s Health initiative, which is set to launch this fall. 

The goal of FMAH is to look through today’s lens at the challenges and opportunities currently facing family medicine, in order to:

  • define the role of the 21st century family physician (key attributes, practice scope, role within the health care system); and
  • ensure family medicine can deliver the workforce to perform this role for the US public (via medical school/residency training and re-engaging existing family physicians, etc.).

“[The FMAH initiative will] expand the family medicine workforce, evolve the PCMH model of care, and work for a comprehensive payment model that better supports primary care practice,” explained Dr Stream. Dr Stream will also be available for questions and feedback at a special session following his talk at the conference. The special session will let attendees delve deeper into the initiative’s aims and let them voice their unique concerns. “Attendees will have an opportunity to provide their input and perspectives in these . . . areas of Family Medicine for America’s Health efforts,” said Dr Stream.

Dr Stream is the chief medical information officer at the Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, WA.  Previously he held the role of medical director of Clinical Information Services. He has been working at the clinic for 22 years. He also served in various positions on the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors from 2007–2014. He became Family Medicine for America’s Health Board chair in 2014. Conference on Practice Improvement attendees are a diverse group of primary care providers, researchers, educators, and practice staff who come together to learn practical skills, information, and resources to improve their clinical and academic practices and to help them transform them into patient-centered medical homes.

For more information about or to register for the Conference on Practice Improvement, visit stfm.org/cpi. For more information on Family Medicine for America’s Health visit stfm.org/About/FutureofFamilyMedicine.


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