donor of the month
Shani Muhammad, MD, FAAFP is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee (FP-PAC) January Donor of the Month! Dr. Muhammad is a monthly contributor to the FP-PAC and is co-president of the CAFP East Bay Chapter, where she strives to raise awareness among students, residents and her fellow FPs about the need for advocacy on behalf of our specialty.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
I contribute to FP-PAC because there are so many pertinent political issues affecting us as family medicine physicians in California, and while the issues certainly are important to me, I don’t have time to invest in tackling them all on my own. FP-PAC represents me and my values as a family physician. Unfortunately, the political system is influenced by money. Individually, my contribution to a particular candidate may barely be noticed, but collectively, we can become a powerful voice worth listening to. Money talks!
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
I would ask them what their hesitation is. I would ask them how they feel or stand on certain issues and/or candidates and ask them if they care how it turns out. Then I would ask them, what they plan to do about it individually. FP-PAC helps us achieve these goals.
Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?
Collective power is stronger than individual power.
What was one of the earliest advocacy/PAC activities you undertook in medicine?
Attending the CAFP All Member Advocacy Meeting my first year in practice.
Are you involved politically with CAFP in any other activities (key contact, committee member, national PAC donor, etc.)?
I am the local chapter co-president of the East Bay chapter and have represented CAFP at the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders as the minority delegate for several years.