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Jan. 5, 2018

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  1. Academy News
  2. Government Relations
  3. News You Can Use
  4. Members in the News

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Academy News

Welcome our newest board member
At their December 14 teleconference meeting, the IAFP board of directors selected Kathleen (Kate) Rowland, MD, FAAFP to fill the interim vacancy in the Class of 2018 created when Michael Hanak, MD, FAAFP was elected second vice president in October.  Rowland's interim term ends with the Oct. 26 IAFP board meeting.  Dr. Rowland was recently honored by the Lancet journal with the Wakley Prize Essay for her story "You Don't Know Me" in the Dec 23/30 issue.

Spend Valentine's Day working on a KSA on Heart Failure (get it?) 

KSA Group Study at Rush Copley in Aurora on Feb 14. Click here for more info and to register.

REGISTER NOW - Essential Evidence CME in March
Learn more and register today at these web pages. 
March 2-3 in Chicago at UIC.  Click here to see the schedule
March 8 in Springfield

Also available March 9 in Springfield - National Procedures Institute workshop on wound care management and advanced suturing.  Learn more

Spotlight on food insecurity 
Pilsen Food Pantry opens to the community
IAFP Family Medicine Educators committee member Evelyn Figueroa, MD was inspired to create the Pilsen Food Pantry at UIC after learning about a successful food-medical partnership at the University of California at San Diego.  Figueroa is the program director for the UIC Family Medicine Residency Program.

She partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and others to address food insecurity and build a food pantry attached to UI Health Pilsen clinic. The food pantry opened January 2nd at 1713 S. Ashland, staffed entirely by volunteers that include medical students, family medicine residents, UI Health Volunteer Services, and community members.  In the first two days, the pantry distributed over 1,000 pounds of healthy food. 
Foods available at the Pilsen Food Pantry include culturally-sensitive perishable and non-perishable foods, including fruits and vegetables. The food pantry hours are 12-4pm Monday through Friday. All local residents are welcome.
Learn more and donate here! 

Family Medicine knows: "Food is Medicine"
Check out these additional food pantries, led by Illinois family medicine residency programs!
SIU Center for Family Medicine clinic food pantries - State Journal Register story
West Suburban's "Eat and Be Well" food pantry (video)
The Figueroa/Wu Family Foundation, led by IAFP members Figueroa and Alexander Wu, MD, has also spearheaded relief trips to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in recent months to provide supplies and care to those impacted by Hurricane Maria.  Their next Puerto Rico trip will be from March 7-14, 2018 if you would like to contribute or volunteer. Follow them on Twitter at @FigueroaWu_FF, @EvelynFigs, @DrAlexanderWu.

Illinois Opioid Hotline is now live -  Resources Available

IAFP is working with IDHS/DASA to distribute business cards with the number  using this order form. If you are interested in adding a graphic like the one above to your websites to help promote the number, IDHS/DASA has provided several options online that you can download and use. 

Get those photos together!  We are looking for our next COVER DOCS for the 2017 Annual Report published in mid-February.  Get the details and get us your photos by Jan. 16!  Learn more here



Mentors needed! Mentor Connection extended for 2018

Help us provide students with a variety of tangible family medicine exposures, positive mentoring and interaction only possible through the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. Learn more and then sign up via the secure Mentorship Community Forum (member login required) on our web site ASAP. Support provided by a grant from the AAFP Foundation through the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium.

Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected]. 

State Update

Prescription Monitoring Program law now in effect
A new law requires that all prescribers with controlled substance licenses must register for the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) by January 1, 2018. The PMP is an electronic tool that collects information on controlled substance prescriptions, reported on a daily basis by retail pharmacies dispensing in Illinois. Prescribers need to use the PMP to enhance their understanding of each patient's prescription history, combat prescription drug abuse and curb "doctor shopping."

If you are not already registered with the IL-PMP, please visitwww.ilpmp.org and register today. If you have any problems registering, call the PMP for assistance at 217-524-1311 or email [email protected].  

News You Can Use

AAFP Board Review Express in St. Louis
February 7-10, 2018
More info on the AAFP web site

Achieve healthier outcomes-for everyone-with AAFP's EveryONE Project toolkit.
As you know, the social determinants of health aren't always related to poverty level or socioeconomic status. That's why the AAFP has created The EveryONE Project toolkit with screening questions to help unearth specific, recurring, and often life-altering issues for patients of all backgrounds. The EveryONE Project toolkit is designed to be simple, intuitive, and action oriented. Your care team can assist with administering screenings, and patients will appreciate your vested interest in their health journeys. It is important we work together to provide healthy solutions-for everyone-and thorough screenings are the first step.

Get started with The EveryONE Project screening toolkit today.

AAFP Compensation and Contracts Webinar
Do you know how you are compensated? Purchase the AAFP's live webinar, Family Physician Compensation and Employment Contracts, featuring Travis Singleton, vice president of physician search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates, to discover the elements that determine your compensation.  Just $30 for members!

Family Physician Compensation and Employment Contracts
January 31 at 8 p.m. CT

After the webinar, you should be able to:

  • Identify elements that determine physician compensation.
  • Apply concepts to monitor metrics that improves your value.
  • Use concepts to negotiate an employment contract.
  • Sign up today and learn how to apply concepts that will improve your value.

IDPH Tool kit for prescribing Epi-pens to Law Enforcement
A new Illinois law allows prescribers to ensure that local law enforcement can obtain and carry epi-pens in case of emergency. IDPH has a toolkit for providers to walk through the process.

Members in the News

If you have a news item to share, email it to Ginnie Flynn at [email protected].

Rebecca Pedersen, MD, FAAFP of Freeport was honored by the Illinois Rural Health Association with a 2017 Rural Physician of Excellence Award.  Dr. Pedersen plays an integral to role in the lives of many University of Illinois - Rockford students who serve their family medicine rotation under her guidance and go on to careers in rural medicine.
Roger McFarlin, MD retired from HSHS Hillsboro on Dec. 27, where he's practiced since 1972.  He was featured in the Jan. 2 Hillsboro Journal-News for his decades of care and service to the area. 

David Alderstein, MD of Gurnee authored an opinion piece for the Lake County Journal on Dec. 21 urging patients to re-think their use of antibiotics to combat antibiotic resistance. 

Christopher Rhyne, MD of Rockford was interviewed by WTVO-TV in Rockford on Dec. 29 about the spike in flu diagnoses in the face of the holiday shopping and returns season.  He also stressed that it's not too late to get the flu shot. 

In Memoriam:  IAFP member Albert G. Bledig, MD, formerly of Eldorado passed away on Christmas Eve.  His obituary appeared in the Randolph County Herald Tribune on Dec. 28.