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AAFP Conference:

Johnson elected to Foundation

Jessica Johnson, MD, MPHJessica Johnson, MD, MPH, Family Medicine at South Waterfront, was elected to a one-year term as resident trustee to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees during National Conference of Students and Residents in August in Kansas City.

The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AAFP.  Domestically, the Foundation sponsors free clinics, many of which are associated with residents, located around the country to increase access to care. Internationally the Foundation is helping to create a primary-care infrastructure to improve the area’s overall health.

In addition, the Foundation helps fund educational activities and research focused on medical students and residents, Johnson said.  For example, the Foundation funds the student scholarships to national conferences and provides resident research grants.

“I will be sitting on the board working to help further the Foundation’s mission.” Johnson said.  “I’m especially interested in the Foundation’s new Education Signature Program, which they’ll be rolling that out within the next year.  It’s going to be something that will really help pipeline projects and further students’ interest in family medicine.”

There are four meetings a year in the Kansas City area, in addition to phone and email work.
“I’m really excited to take on this new role and to participate in the good workk the Foundation is already doing,” Johnson said.  “Taking time to work on systems issues outside of daily clinical duties is a good reminder of the of the mission of family medicine.” 

Johnson learned about the scope and mission of the Foundation while serving on the AAFP Board of Directors during her fourth-year of medical school. 

“As a medical student, I don’t think you always have a good sense of who is funding the scholarships and grants, which can be really important,” she said. “The Foundation’s focus on medical student and resident development, and the focus on increasing access to health care, is really what attracted me to the position.”


PI:  David Buckley, MD, MPH
Sponsor:  NorthWest Health Foundation


PI:  Patty Carney, PhD
Title:  Family Medicine Length of Training Pilot Evaluation
Sponsor: ABFM Foundation