Executive Director’s Message


Thursday, May 6, 2021 – Last week, your chapter officers and I just attended AAFP’s Annual Chapter Leadership Conference (ACLF) – this conference is a time to focus on and find new ways to address the issues that affect the members of your chapter and state, by engaging in important dialogue. ACLF draws more than 200 attendees each year and features targeted breakout sessions on chapter governance, advocacy, communications, meetings, and leadership. Many thanks to President Jocelyn Hines, MDPresident-Elect Shana Ntiri, MDVice President Ariel Warden-Jarret, MDTreasurer Amar Duggirala, DO for their dedication to serving as leaders of our chapter and taking the time to attend this conference.

We also sent a full delegation to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL). NCCL AAFP’s leadership development event that empowers a select group of change makers to catalyze positive change in family medicine. NCCL will inspire you to build on your leadership skills and create a lasting impact for current and future generations of family physicians. Our 2021 Special Constituency Leaders were:

Adora Nwosu Otiji, MD, FAAFP

Kelly Ryan, DO, FAAFP

Ariana Martin, DO

Kisha Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Novella Papino, MD, FAAFP

Mozella Williams, MD, FAAFP

Resolutions were vetted at NCCL and Dr. Davis authored and presented her resolution, “Increasing Diversity on the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Board of Directors through the National Conference of Constituency Leaders”.

Watch for next month’s Capsule which will feature takeaways and reports from your representatives from both conferences. Please be sure to read about the take-aways your officers and delegation brought back as well as the issues and resolutions your constituency delegation worked on.

Becky Wimmer, Executive Director

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