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January Message from the Executive Director – Top 10 of 2018

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The ACFP Board and Staff had an exceptional year in 2018! Through the efforts of many dedicated people we have been able to make significant advances on the priorities identified in our Strategic Framework and Plan. Here are our Top 10 for 2018:

  1. The ACFP Opioid Response Task Force was instrumental in creating recommendations that both set the stage for ACFP leadership in the provincial opioid response and built meaningful engagement and connections with our members.
  2. ACFP’s ongoing participation in the Primary Care Alliance, as a coalition of physician organizations concerned with the successful transformation of the health care system, was a foundation for the trusted long-standing relationships needed to create a collaborative plan for the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) and other improvement initiatives.
  3. ACFP became the Primary Health Care Opioid Response (PHC ORI) Secretariat tasked with the oversight of the Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission funding ($9.5 Million) to bring all primary care partners together to take action to collectively engage and respond to the crisis in Alberta.
  4. The PEER/ACFP Collaboration took on the task of reviewing the evidence, creating new guidelines, and beginning the task of knowledge translation for Opioid Use Disorder and Pain Management in Primary Care.
  5. The PEER/ACFP Collaboration published the 225th Tools for Practice Article and increased the readership from around the world to over 30,000 subscribers.
  6. The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) Conference held its 7th Annual Event and hosted over 400 delegates on site and 260 over webcast.
  7. The 63 Annual Scientific Assembly (now called the Family Medicine Summit “The Summit”) hosted a sold out crowd of 383 family physician members, featuring, 38 clinical sessions, our Annual Meeting of Members, Awards Celebration, Family Medicine Research Showcase and an amazing member networking opportunity.
  8. The ACFP Board continues to evolve as a small skills-based board, adapting and responding to new challenges and a changing environment and is looking forward to focusing on new priorities for advocacy and leadership in the years to come.
  9. We are using technology and new approaches to deliver continuing professional development and medical education to our membership that can be available anytime and anywhere.
  10. ACFP membership surpassed the 5,000 mark!

I think we did OK. We are a proud little organization with a big heart and we have accomplished much in 2018. We aim high and work very hard to deliver on what we promise. We will continue to do that with your continued support.

Wishing everyone a perfectly peaceful 2019.
Terri Potter

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