Contents tagged with public health
By Christopher Crow, MD, MBA, President of Catalyst Health network and Tom Banning, CEO of Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Following the devastation of World War II, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild a heavily damaged Europe. Our war against this novel coronavirus is far from over, but it is already wreaking havoc on the nation’s primary care workforce. Our frontline health care providers are putting themselves at risk every day without proper personal protective equipment while community-based primary care clinics are facing economic disaster.
We need a Marshall Plan for our primary care and public health infrastructure.more
As more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, family physicians should focus on preparation and prevention. Patients will likely have questions and concerns, and you may experience an increase in patients with respiratory symptoms. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your practice for the possibility that the virus will spread. TAFP will share resources as this situation evolves.
The Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 resource page for health professionals includes criteria to guide testing for persons under investigation, a health care professional preparedness checklist, and information about personal protective equipment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a site to house information about the virus as it is discovered.more
Member of the Month: Cynthia C. Brinson, MD
Austin family physician blazes her own path in medicine, public health
By Kate Alfano
Cynthia C. Brinson, MD, is a family physician … more
Family medicine in the 85th Texas Legislature
By Jonathan Nelson and Perdita Henry
Coming in to the 85th Texas Legislature, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Speaker Joe … more
Member of the Month: Darnel Dabu, MD, MPH
Lubbock physician helps build a healthier West Texas
Darnel Viray Dabu, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has been the medical director of Community … more
Member of the Month: James Mobley, MD, MPH
Retired Army doc contributes to public health of Texas
After receiving his ROTC commission from Texas A&M, James Mobley, MD, MPH, was … more
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Sports-related concussion in the young athlete: Who plays? Who sits?
By Walter L. Calmbach, MD, MPH Department of Family and Community Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
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By Dale Ragle, MD
TAFP President, 2014-2015
Welcome colleagues to a new year, a new Congress, and a new Texas Legislature. On all fronts, health care is evolving. These changes present family physicians tremendous opportunities to shape our future health care system. It’s up to all of us as family physicians to advocate for our specialty in the halls where decisions are made that affect our patients and our practices.
In Washington, D.C., the 114th Congress is well under way and is busy on a number of health care issues. AAFP’s advocacy work is focused on fixing Medicare’s broken payment model, changing Meaningful Use requirements, delaying ICD-10, and reforming graduate medical education funding. Another area in which AAFP is concentrating efforts is in making payment for direct primary care services a qualified health benefit under IRS rules. This would enable patients to pay for direct primary care with pre-tax HSA and FLEX account dollars, a move that would aid the expansion of this emerging and promising model of practice.more
TAFP celebrates Hard Hats for Little Heads anniversary
To help the Texas Medical Association celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hard Hats for Little Heads, the TAFP Board passed an … more