Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians

Advocacy

Capitol Day

The next Capitol Day is scheduled for February 3, 2023.

MAFP hosted Primary Care Day at the Capitol Feb. 9, 2022, in partnership with members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mississippi Chapter (Peds).

MAFP Capitol Day began with a booth in the Capitol Rotunda, where 48 attendees – including 22 residents from 6 family medicine residency programs – met with legislators to increase awareness of issues affecting family medicine. MAFP gave each legislator information on the specialty of family medicine. After being introduced in the House and Senate galleries, MAFP members then gathered for lunch to hear Senator Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula speak and hear updates on state issues.

When each House convened, MAFP members were recognized and introduced, including Dr. Carlos Latorre, MAFP President, of Vicksburg. “We are glad to have this opportunity to recognize our state legislators for their past support,” Latorre said, “and we’re especially excited to highlight our current efforts to advance family medicine in Mississippi.”

Related organizations also taking part were:

  • Pediatrician members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mississippi Chapter joined in the event along with family physicians.
  • The MAFP Foundation was there to support a Smoke-Free Mississippi along with special guest Miss Mississippi Holly Brand. Brand travels the state on behalf of MAFP Foundation teaching 4th and 5th graders about the dangers of tobacco use.
  • Doctors from the MS Rural Physician Scholarship Program were there showcasing the program, funded by the Mississippi Legislature since 2007. In 14 years, the program has awarded millions in scholarships to medical students who commit to practicing primary care medicine in Mississippi’s rural communities, after their medical training. Because of the program, there are now more than 60 new primary care physicians working in Mississippi’s neediest areas, and many more in training.
  • The Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce was on hand to promote their work on the state’s physician workforce development needs. Since its creation in 2012, OMPW has increased the number of first-year residency spots in Mississippi – outside of UMMC – from 12 to 115. OMPW has grown the number of Mississippi residency training sites from 4 to 13 with two more in development.
  • Miss Mississippi Holly Brand joined the group as the ambassador for the Tar Wars anti-smoking program aimed at elementary school children. She works with MAFP to give Tar Wars presentations around the state.
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