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donor of the month

Francis Chu, MD, FAAFP is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee (FP-PAC) December Donor of the Month! Dr. Chu is a long-time FP-PAC donor, serves as a Legislative Key Contact, and is active in his local CAFP chapter in Santa Clara where he strives to raise awareness amongst his fellow family physicians about the need for advocacy on behalf of our specialty.




Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?


Contributing to FP-PAC is a vital part of being an advocate for our specialty. This supports our ability to make our concerns known to candidates and politicians, which is critically important during this pivotal time in our state and nation. We need to have a strong voice in the political process, because it affects our livelihoods, our work life, and our patients.



What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?


How often do you say, “Why is this happening to us as physicians?” Don’t wait for something to happen before you take action. As family physicians, we are all about prevention, and advocacy is prevention in action at the highest level!



Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?


Why should trial lawyers, big pharma, and the subspecialists control what candidates and our elected officials hear? In the world of political action, we need to have a seat at the table and be a part of the conversation and the decision making process that affects us and our patients. Remember, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!



Have you ever attended an FP-PAC event or represented FP-PAC at a fundraiser? If so, what did you learn by attending the event?


I was honored to participate in my first All-Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) this year where I learned how we can influence our elected officials face-to-face via ongoing dialogue, rather than just sending a one-off letter or phone call. I also saw the importance of working together with fellow family physicians to amplify our message. I wish I had participated sooner in this fantastic event with many of my good friends and colleagues! I look forward to being a regular participant.



What was one of the earliest advocacy/PAC activities you undertook in medicine?


As a residency faculty member for many years, I remember sending letters and making phone calls to our elected representatives on behalf of residency funding. I realized how critical the support for training our future family physicians is to our specialty. More recently, I have joined many of my colleagues in using Twitter (@fpteach) as a platform to advocate for the #FMRevolution! This has been a powerful and fun way to add my voice to the conversation.