Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians

Advocacy

Capitol Day

Capitol Day 2020 will be held February 18 in Jackson!

Members at Capitol Day 2019

About 45 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students joined MAFP at the State Capitol on Jan. 30, 2019, for a day of networking with legislators and showcasing family medicine’s impact on the state.

The day was a great way to meet legislators, said EC HealthNet resident Dr. Lindsey McCormick of Meridian. “MAFP gave us all contact numbers for our local senator and house rep, and I sent a text to each to let them know I was at the Capitol and would love to meet with them if time allowed. Rep. Charles Young Jr. of Meridian responded within the hour,” she said. “He came to our event and specifically asked to meet with me, by name, and we got to take photos and spend time talking about Family Medicine and Meridian and found we had a lot in common around the community. He was very friendly and very easy to talk with and even offered to meet for dinner once back in Meridian!”

The day started with a breakfast in the Capitol rotunda, followed by a tour of both the Capitol building and the Capitol Medical Clinic. After being introduced in the Senate gallery, several people met with legislators privately and attended committee meetings. MAFP President Dr. David Wheat had a private meeting with Gov. Phil Bryant as he signed a special proclamation in MAFP’s honor.

At the afternoon reception, 83 legislators attended and received a goodie bag with information about Family Medicine and a pottery mug.The reception featured celebratory cake for MAFP’s 70th anniversary. Facebook Photos of the Event

Many thanks to MEA Medical Clinics for attending and doing health screenings. Representatives also attended from the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce and the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. Many of the students who attended were Rural Scholars interested in family medicine.