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President's Message

July/August 2021

Julie Johnston, MD, FAAFP – MASSFP President

Julie Johnston, MD, FAAFP

This is a transitional and transformational year in many respects. I want to announce that the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians will be transitioning to a new executive and administrative management team. We are grateful for Premier Choice Association Management group with Becky Wimmer as our executive director for the past 8 years. We have grown in size, improved our influence in the state house, and become a much more fiscally sound and forward-thinking academy. As the board evaluated our future direction, we elected to realign with a Massachusetts based management team. We look forward to partnering with Massachusetts Medical Society Specialty Management Services starting August 1st.

While the summer months are often a time for vacation and time with family, your MA academy remains hard at work. Our legislative committee and lobbying group have continued to track vaccine, telehealth, health equity, and scope of practice legislation. Our AAFP Congress of Delegates delegation is beginning to review resolutions that we will vote on as an academy in September in Kansas City.

I hope that you can enjoy some much-needed time with family, in the sunshine, and away from your EMRs to relax and rejuvenate. It is this balance of hard work and down time that helps maintain our mental and physical well-being for ourselves, our families, and our patients.

Sincerely,

Julie Johnston, MD, FAAFP

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