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CAPITOL UPDATE: Watch TAFPís Capitol Report
As legislators reach the deadline for filing bills in the 83rd Texas Legislature, catch up on your Academyís efforts to increase access to primary care and to improve Texasí physician workforce in the newest edition of TAFPís video newscast, Capitol Report. more...

AAFP News Now: What sequestration cuts mean for family physicians
Academy outlines programs affected by sequestration
The inability of Congress and the White House to reach a budget deal to block the Budget Control Actís sequestration cuts means that physicians now are facing a 2 percent cut in the Medicare physician payment rate starting April 1 as well as reductions to other programs that directly support the education and training of family physicians. Read this March 8 AAFP News Now article for more.

Calling all TAFP members: Make your mark on family medicine
We want your talent and knowledge on a committee or commission
Itís that time of year again, when TAFP asks all members to consider signing up to serve on a TAFP committee or commission, or to indicate your interest in a section, officer position, or board position. Weíre only as strong as our members and we need family physicians from across the state to contribute your experience and opinions to keep our Academy at the forefront of the specialty. Find out more and fill out the new online Make Your Mark form today. more...

Nominate a champion for child immunization for CDC award
The 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation seeks nominations for the 2013 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, which recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. Award criteria, eligibility, and nomination materials are available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions. Act quickly; nominations are due by March 22, 2013 to the Texas state contact, Saroj Rai, Ph.D., with the DSHS immunization branch, at (512) 776-6215 or saroj.rai@dshs.state.tx.us.

Support womenís preventive health care at March 20 advocacy day
The Texas Womenís Healthcare Coalition invites you to attend Womenís Healthcare Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., to make a difference for Texas women, babies, and families. This is an opportunity for you to personally ask state leaders to prioritize womenís health this session, ensuring all Texas women have access to the family planning and preventive services they need. No prior experience is needed; TWHC will train and equip you with the tools necessary to guarantee a quality discussion with your representative. Visit www.TexasWHC.org or the Advocacy Day event page to view the agenda and register.


TAFP presents SAM workshops in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus this spring
Make progress toward your ABFM Maintenance of Certification with one of three Self-Assessment Module Workshops this spring in a city near you! Join TAFP for the SAM on Preventive Care in Houston on April 6, the SAM on Asthma in Dallas on April 13, or the SAM on Depression in Corpus Christi on May 18. Visit TAFPís events page Ė www.tafp.org/professional-development/events Ė for more information and to register.