New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Receives 2021 Award for Advocacy Leadership from State Government

New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians receives 2021 Leadership in
State Government Advocacy Award

Trenton, New Jersey – The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) recently received the 2021 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Government Advocacy Leadership Award at the State Legislative Conference. NJAFP, the state’s largest primary care medical specialty company, is a leader in advocating for healthcare, improving access to high-quality primary care for patients and advancing the specialty of family medicine.

The AAFP Center for State Policy recognizes the outstanding contributions of national chapters that advance family medicine through legislative accomplishments or public policy initiatives. NJAFP has been recognized for its efforts, led by Government Affairs Advisor Claudine Leone, Esq., To advocate for family physician members and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic through traditional lobbying, social media and public relations efforts, with the goal of ensuring patients could receive their COVId-19 vaccine from their personal family doctor’s office.

Maneuvering Through New Jersey’s Tough Media Market, NJAFP received 35 successful media mentions from March 2020 to August 2021, while emphasizing the importance of family medicine and having a regular source of primary care.

“Members of the NJAFP have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to do so, adapting to a changing environment and evolving guidelines while remaining uniquely focused on providing healthcare. quality health care to patients. The desire to be included in the vaccine rollout stems from the understanding of family physicians of their role as a trusted source of information for patients and the fact that personal physicians would be essential in accelerating immunization efforts ”, said Ray Saputelli, MBA, CAE, Executive Vice President, NJAFP.

“Without a doubt, it was the voices of our members and Claudine’s efforts that ultimately led the state to recognize the importance of having a personal family physician in a public health emergency and to expand the system. distribution of vaccines to include primary care physicians, ”he continued. .

About the NJAFP
For more than 65 years, the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians has advanced the cause of family physicians and their patients. With more than 2,000 members, including active family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students interested in the specialty, the NJAFP is the state’s largest primary care medicine society and a chapter of the ‘American Academy of Family Physicians. To learn more about NJAFP, visit


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