The NCAFP Family Medicine Committees

NCAFP's Family Medicine committees provide key information to the association's leadership and enhance the Academy's continuity-of-thought and advocacy work on important health policy, practice management, and primary care delivery issues. Each committee reports directly to the NCAFP's Board of Directors and is encouraged to develop resolutions (where applicable) for submission to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and the North Carolina Medical Society House of Delegates. Committee chairs are named annually by the NCAFP President. All Academy members are encouraged and invited to participate.

Member Satisfaction and Practice Environment Committee - This committee is focused on rebuilding the excitement of Family Medicine across all practice settings. Specifically, this group works to improve the practice environment by providing education on different practice styles and opportunities to enhance practice efficiencies/effectiveness; increases networking opportunities and support for NCAFP members; helps family physicians thrive (not simply survive) by promoting physician health and wellness and preventing burnout; engages patients as advocates for Family Medicine; celebrates successes/accomplishments of family physicians by telling the stories of our members; encourages mentoring, teaching and community engagement; and seeks to provide quality education that impacts patient care and the practice of Family Medicine.

Chair: Shauna Guthrie, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Staff Contact: Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE

Payer and System Advocacy Committee - This committee aims to strengthen the influence of Family Medicine with health systems and payers. It works to decrease the administrative burden faced by family physicians in their day-to-day practice lives; improve access to ancillary staffing for family physicians such as, scribes, MAs, behavioral health professionals, and other team members; advocates for a broad scope of practice for family physicians; endeavors to increase the number and influence of practicing family physicians in administrative roles within health systems and payers; empowers family physicians to be voices for themselves and their patients; and seeks to build opportunities for regional networking among physicians employed by various systems as well as independent practicing physicians.

Chair: Garett Franklin, MD

Staff Contact: Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE

Workforce Pipeline Committee - This committee is tasked with bolstering the family physician pipeline. It encourages systems, payers and others in North Carolina to provide incentives for teaching and mentoring; it works to develop opportunities for members to provide education to school-age children, college students and medical students about Family Medicine, with an emphasis on underserved areas; it highlights existing family physician mentoring and teaching efforts; it helps provide opportunities for residents and younger physicians to learn about job opportunities in Family Medicine; it modifies existing student programs based on evaluation data and workforce needs; and aims to increase resident engagement.

Chair: Kelley Lawrence, DO, IBCLC, FAAFP

Staff Contact: Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE