The NCAFP Family Medicine Councils

NCAFP’s Family Medicine councils 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 council 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. Council chairs are named annually by the NCAFP President. All Academy members are encouraged and invited to participate.

Advocacy Council – This council discusses issues related to health policy, reimbursement, policies for Medicaid and the State Employees Health Plan, professional liability and additional regulatory issues as they impact family medicine. The council also works to foster the cultivation of relationships with legislators, government leaders, health systems and payers; increase policy makers’ understanding of the value of family medicine; and advocate for improved health of the public in North Carolina.

Chair: Thomas White, MD; Vice Chair: Garrett Franklin, MD
Staff Contacts: Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE

Public Relations & Marketing Council – This council is designed to educate patients, payers, health systems and others about family medicine’s value by promoting the value of family medicine and the medical home, undertaking activities to shape the perceptions of family medicine, identify opportunities to work with the media to disseminate news and information about family medicine, and to develop partnerships with other organizations to promote the cause of family medicine in North Carolina.

Chair: William Dennis, MD
Staff Contacts: Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE

Practice Management Council – This council addresses issues related to the professional practice environment, including continuing to develop resources to support success in the new value-based healthcare environment; actively engaging with other organizations to support emerging models of care such as PCMH, ACOs, Direct Pay, etc.;developing family physician leaders, particularly in healthcare systems; and assisting in providing the tools for family physicians to thrive in all practice settings, including private practice.

Chair: Thomas Wroth, MD; Vice Chair: Slade Suchecki, DO
Staff Contacts: Brent Hazelett, MPA

Membership & Workforce Council – This council addresses all issues related membership and workforce, including maintaining and growing NCAFP membership; increasing and sustaining NCAFP engagement and participation with residency programs and medical schools; fostering a diverse leadership that represents different schools of thought, geography, and employment type; and striving to ensure an adequate workforce of family physicians in North Carolina.

Chair: Benjamin Simmons, MD; Vice-Chair: Shauna Guthrie, MD, MPH
Staff Contacts: Tara Hinkle and Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE

Continuing Medical Education Council – This council addresses issues related to the continuing professional development of family physicians. The Chair is appointed annually by the NCAFP President and volunteers may be asked to sign up for specific CME Program development throughout the year.

Chair: Alisa Nance, MD
Staff Contacts: Brent Hazelett, MPA