LEAWOOD, KS, April 13, 2017 - Family Medicine for America's Health today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors. Diane Stollenwerk, MPP, executive director of Patients' View Institute, will bring the patient perspective to FMAHealth having served for two decades as a patient advocate. Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, executive vice president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, will represent the state associations of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
"We are delighted to have Diane and Carolyn join the board to help us prepare the family medicine specialty to meet the nation's future health care needs," said Glen Stream, M.D., MBI, FMAHealth president and board chair. "Their viewpoints as representatives will help to bring patients' perspectives to the table, and as representatives of groups working on state level policy and physician practice issues, their input will be critical as we finalize and implement our long-term strategic plan."
In addition to running Patient's View Institute, a nonprofit that amplifies patients' voices using evidence-based data culled from more than 1,000 stories told by patients and their loved ones, Diane leads a consulting practice working in patient engagement, population health, measurement and transparency, while applying skills in public affairs, planning, facilitation and marketing. She serves on the Maryland Health Care Commission, which oversees system planning, measurement and public reporting. Diane is also on the board of FreeState Justice, providing legal and support services for the LGBTQ community. In 2010, she moved to Washington D.C. to join the National Quality Forum, to be their first vice president of stakeholder engagement. Prior to that, she lived in Seattle for 20 years, where she helped found the Washington Health Alliance, a business-led multi-stakeholder group focused on improving health care quality and affordability.
As executive vice president for the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Carolyn supervises the day-to-day operations of the organization, which has more than 1,670 members. She also represents KAFP to other organizations within the medical, public and private sectors, including the Tobacco Free Kansas and Tobacco Free Wichita coalitions, Wichita Council on Graduate Medical Education, Immunize Kansas Coalition, HealthICT and the Council on the Future of Public Health in Kansas.
About Family Medicine for America's Health
Family Medicine for America's Health is a collaboration between the nation's eight leading family medicine organizations to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system. Family Medicine for America's Health is working to transform the family medicine specialty to ensure that we can meet the nation's health care needs and improve the health of every American by shifting to comprehensive payment for primary care, ensuring a strong primary care workforce, advancing the use of technology and supporting the evolution of the patient-centered medical home. Family Medicine for America's Health is the sponsor of Health is Primary, a national campaign focused on demonstrating how primary care can deliver on the Triple Aim of better care and better quality at a lower cost.
American Academy of Family Physicians;
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation;
American Board of Family Medicine;
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians;
Association of Departments of Family Medicine;
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
North American Primary Care Research Group; and
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
About the KAFP
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is the largest medical specialty society in the state, with a total of 1,630 members. The mission of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is to promote access to, and excellence in, health care for all Kansans through education and advocacy for family physicians and their patients. The KAFP is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association for family physicians. For more information about the KAFP visit the KAFP Web site at www.kafponline.org.