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December 5, 2018



CAFP Submits Comments to Help Protect Health Access for Immigrants

In October 2018, the Trump Administration proposed changes to the "public charge" rule, which is used when assessing applications for residency in the United States. Under the proposed rule, an applicant's use of government-sponsored health services for which they're eligible, including Medi-Cal, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 housing assistance, can result in the applicant being deemed a public charge and denied green cards or U.S. visas. Analysis of the proposed rule indicates that, if finalized, the rule would result in fewer immigrants seeking out vital primary care services resulting in complex health outcomes and increased costs to health systems. Read CAFP's comments opposing the proposed rule and additional information about the proposed rule. Comments by individuals and organizations will be accepted until December 10, 2018. CAFP and the CAFP Foundation, through our Healthy Harbors project, offer many resources for family physicians, their practice teammates, and patients on a range of immigration issues, including public charge.



Last Chance to Share Your Story

As the celebration of CAFP’s 70th year concludes with the end of 2018, we would love to hear your family medicine story. Our 70th anniversary coincides with the welcome of our 10,000th member and we chose to celebrate these milestones by collecting stories from our members to highlight the powerful, diverse, and inspiring experiences of family physicians in California. Submit your story today.



Meet Fellow Members on SPARK

Members in CAFP’s online all-member community, SPARK, are ready to welcome you to the conversation. SPARK is your opportunity to network with fellow family physicians in California, share experiences, and find answers to your everyday practice questions. Check out our quick how-to video to login and get started.



CAFP in Your Neighborhood

Members and guests of the Los Angeles County Chapter met at Tony P's Dockside Grill for a member appreciation dinner last week. Following the official business, a special presentation was given by Heather Jue Northover, Director of the Center for Health Equity, a Health Agency initiative led by the LA County Department of Public Health. The presentation’s aim was to receive feedback on the agency’s Action Plan and initiate and strengthen County-community partnerships to collectively advance equity throughout LA County.


The San Diego Chapter held their winter dinner meeting. It was a packed house as members discussed the annual San Diego Symposium and heard activity reports from across the San Diego area, including efforts to provide health services and make donations to newly arrived immigrants and refugees. CAFP CEO Lisa Folberg attended and provided an update of CAFP activities.


Need support to organize chapter activities? Email When schedule permits, CAFP staff and physician leadership welcome the opportunity to meet our amazing members!


Upcoming Events
Thursday, December 6, 2018: East Bay AMAM Delegate Election and Dinner Mixer
To find out more about this event, visit this webpage.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Orange County Reception and Nutrition Guest Speaker Event
To find out more about this event, contact



Resident Poster Submissions Due December 21

We are now accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Resident Poster Contest. We invite you to submit original research and/or case reports for poster presentation at the Family Medicine Clinical Forum, March 29-31, 2019 in Monterey, CASubmissions are due December 21, 2018.



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