Resolution 2: Increasing Access and Participation in WAFP: Expansion of Membership Options

Brought by: Thurston-Mason-Lewis Chapter

WHEREAS, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) recognizes the paramount importance of enhancing the accessibility and inclusivity of its membership to better serve the needs of family physicians throughout the state, and

WHEREAS, it is imperative to address the financial barriers that hinder the full participation of physicians in WAFP activities and initiatives, and

WHEREAS, acknowledging the diverse interests and priorities of family physicians, it is essential to provide flexible membership options that align with individual preferences and professional commitments, and

WHEREAS, the implementation of a tiered membership structure, decoupling national membership requirements and allowing for focused participation at the state and local levels, presents an opportunity to promote broader engagement and strengthen the collective voice of family physicians within Washington’s health care landscape, and

WHEREAS, such an expanded membership structure will empower local initiatives, foster collaboration among members, and amplify advocacy efforts directed towards addressing pertinent health care issues at the regional level, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) hereby advocates to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for the adoption of an expanded membership structure, which offers family physicians the option to participate solely at the state and local (county) levels, thereby removing financial barriers and enhancing accessibility to WAFP initiatives, and be it further

RESOLVED, that Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) shall actively engage with American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) leadership and membership to facilitate the implementation of this expanded membership model, ensuring its alignment with the goals and objectives of both organizations, and be it further

RESOLVED, that WAFP shall communicate and promote the benefits of this expanded membership structure to its members, encouraging broader participation and strengthening the collective impact of family physicians in advocating for better health care policies and practices within the state of Washington.

References:

  1. Warwick, S., Kantor, L., Ahart, E., Twist, K., Mabry, T., & Stoltzfus, K. (Year). “Physician Advocacy: Identifying Motivations for Work Beyond Clinical Practice.” Kansas J. Med, Vol. 15, 433-436. Conclusion: “Physicians have a broad number of reasons for the importance of doing advocacy work, but identify key professional barriers to further engagement. Providing accessible opportunities through professional organizations and community partnerships may increase advocacy participation.” Physician Advocacy: Identifying Motivations for Work Beyond Clinical Practice - PMC (nih.gov)