As one of the five goals of the MAFP strategic plan, advocacy is essential when defining the standards of Family Medicine. The Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians hosts a Capitol Day each year during the Mississippi Legislative Session, and the most recent one was February 22, 2017, at the MS State Capitol in Jackson. Family Physicians from all over the state participated in a day of activities highlighting family medicine.
MAFP Capitol Day began with a buffet breakfast in the Capitol Rotunda, during which doctors met with legislators to increase awareness of issues affecting family medicine. Legislators had the opportunity to be screened for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure from MEA Medical Clinics. MAFP members met for lunch to hear updates on federal and state issues. Later in the day, MAFP served desserts and coffee to more than 85 legislators and presented them with a keepsake Mississippi mug.
When each House convened, MAFP members were recognized and introduced, including Dr. Sue Simmons, MAFP President, of Maben. “We are glad to have this opportunity to recognize our state legislators for their support,” Simmons said, “and we’re especially excited to highlight our current efforts to advance family medicine in Mississippi.”
The next Capitol Day is scheduled for March 7, 2018, so mark your calendars.