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Governor Jerry Brown Signs State Budget with $100 Million for Primary Care Physician Training

June 28, 2016

The bold action taken by the Governor and legislators will avert a primary care access disaster in underserved areas of the state. Thanks to the $100 million allocation for primary care physician training that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in the 2016-2017 State Budget, “the Legislature has seriously begun to address the primary care physician shortage, crafting a budget with one of the largest single investments ever made in California’s primary care physician workforce,” said CAFP President Lee Ralph, MD.




Healthcare Organizations Applaud Legislature on Inclusion of Workforce Funding in 2016-17 Budget

June 15, 2016

“We cannot thank legislative leaders enough for the action they’ve taken today,” said CAFP President Lee Ralph, MD. “Their support of our proposal will ensure that California doesn’t fall off the primary care cliff. We’ve all worked hard to expand insurance coverage and we can now start building the primary care workforce needed to provide important preventive patient-centered care to those newly and currently insured.”


The $100 million appropriation in the 2016-17 State Budget will support and expand primary care residency training and programs in medically underserved areas through the Song-Brown Workforce Training Program and targeted investment in Teaching Health Centers. The Legislature’s budget proposal, which was approved and sent to the Governor today, will be appropriated over six years to create a reliable and continuous funding stream that primary care residency programs in California so desperately need.  




CAFP Immediate Past President Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, to Meet with Seoul National University School of Medicine Colleagues on July 11, 2016 -- Taking the #FMRevolution International

June 14, 2016

The purpose of the meeting is to foster relationships and synergistic efforts between family physicians in the two countries. Participants at the meeting plan to discuss family medicine, population health, practice transformation and innovation in health care in both countries. “We can learn from and support one another’s efforts in family medicine, the cornerstone of the health care systems in both South Korea and United States,” said Dr. Lee. “We work in our respective countries to improve individual, community and population health. Working together, we can improve health and health care internationally."




Family Physicians Urge Governor to Join Legislature in Effort to Save California Primary Care Physician Training Programs

June 9, 2016

The California Senate and Assembly have included an essential appropriation in their proposed 2016-2017 State Budget to save California’s vulnerable primary care physician residency training programs from massive funding cuts. The tens of millions of dollars in cuts could severely worsen California’s primary care physician shortage and threaten the very existence of residency programs in areas where they are needed most.




Family Physicians Offer Podcasts, Website Resources for Education on End-of-Life Care as New End of Life Option Act Takes Effect June 9

June 6, 2016

In anticipation of California’s new End of Life Option Act taking effect on June 9, the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is offering several free educational resources for physicians to help them assist patients and families in end-of-life care planning. The web-based resource center includes articles, four professionally produced podcasts, and links to toolkits, checklists, and more.




Lee Ralph, MD of San Diego Takes Office as President of the California Academy of Family Physicians

May 10, 2016

Lee Ralph, MD, a family physician who practices in San Diego, this month begins a one-year term as president of the more than 9,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). In this role, Dr. Ralph will champion the importance of primary and preventive care in keeping Californians healthier and shaping the future of the state’s health care system. Solving the shortage of primary care physicians and improving patients’ access to care are chief areas of focus for Dr. Ralph and other CAFP leaders.




Jeffrey Luther, MD of Long Beach Named 2016 Family Physician of the Year

April 21, 2016

Jeffrey Luther, MD, a family physician who practices in Long Beach, has been selected from among the more than 9,000 members of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) as the 2016 Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Luther is being recognized for his excellence in the practice of medicine and patient care, his leadership roles in training the next generations of family physicians and his public and legislative advocacy to improve health care statewide.




Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP of Long Beach is First Korean-American President of California Academy of Family Physicians

November 16, 2015

Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician who practices in Long Beach, is serving a one-year term as president of the more than 9,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), where he is the first Korean-American physician to hold this leadership role.



California Family Physicians Join President Barack Obama In Renewed Efforts to Combat Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

October 24, 2015

CAFP is joining the Obama Administration and a number of public and private sector partners to announce new efforts to address the opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in the U.S. President Barack Obama will highlight these efforts at an event in Charleston, West Virginia, where he heard directly from individuals and families affected by the epidemic and the health care professionals, law enforcement officers and community leaders working to prevent addiction and respond to its aftermath.



Media Statement: CAFP Responds to Senate Bill 277 Referendum Backers' Failure to Gather Needed Signatures

September 30, 2015

CAFP President Jay W. Lee, MD, issued the following statement today after learning that proponents of a referendum to overturn Senate Bill (SB) 277 had failed to gather a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.



Family Physicians Respond to State Auditor’s Report on Medi-Cal Managed Care Program

June 16, 2015

The State Auditor’s report issued today found that California has failed to ensure accurate and adequate networks of Medi-Cal providers, leaving patients struggling with access to care.