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(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.
After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 31. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter’s Web site after the Fall 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.
Emily Church, MD, FACP
(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health.
The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.
The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.
(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.
ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members.
ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity.
For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner."
Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here.
(October 2021) It is with great sadness that the chapter wishes to inform to the membership that we have lost one of the pillars of the our chapter, Dr. Thomas Cowan Wood, M.D., MACP. Tom, was one of the early proponents of a stand alone chapter of the ACP in Alaska and active in its establishment and development.
Under his leadership as governor, 1985-1989, we had our first chapter CME meeting in Sitka Alaska. It was a wonderful meeting, memories of which many cherish. When working with Tom, you always knew that his advice was good and that a patient’s welfare was paramount. He received the chapters 1st laureate award in 1995 and a few years later became a master of the college, awards so well deserved. And Tom was not just active in the ACP. He was very active in Project Access and other community oriented organizations.
In 2016, he received the chapters Volunteerism and Community Service Award. There is a wonderfully written obituary which is included and I encourage everyone to read it. Tom Wood was an inspiration for all of us.