On Monday October 27th, 2014, AMWA President, Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla met a second time with acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak and Chief of Staff Dr. Robert DeMartino in support of the National Prevention Strategy. Drs Lushniak and DeMartino praised the work of AMWA’s Preventive Medicine Task Force as well as of all divisions of AMWA in upholding support of the seven priorities that are the foundation of our nation’s health and wellness. AMWA is now poised to be recognized by the Surgeon General’s office as a “Partner in Prevention.” Dr. Haffizulla is formulating a new national fitness incentive program geared toward both patients and physicians that will empower all to incorporate positive lifestyle changes. “Promotion of a prevention based health care model reduces health care cost and is a wise investment in our nation’s future. Education and implementation require the collective efforts of all health care professionals passionate about disease prevention” says Dr. Haffizulla. For more information about the National Prevention Strategy, click here.
Dr. Haffizulla also met with Dr. Nancy Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women’s Health and the Director of the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Drs Haffizulla and Lee connected on the many overlapping goals held within the mission and vision of both AMWA and the Office on Women’s Health. “Dr. Lee and her team have made impressive strides in support of women and children and we are thrilled to pool our resources for the collective good” said Dr. Haffizulla. Dr. Lee welcomed information sharing as well as future collaborative efforts with AMWA. For more information on women’s health by topic, please visit the womenshealth.gov website.
Dr. Haffizulla also joined other women national leaders in a private meeting with Secretary Sylvia Burwell discussing strategies to enhance enrollment and education about the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Haffizulla reported on behalf of AMWA lauding all divisions of AMWA for their upcoming involvement in this process and she voiced strong support in favor of insurance coverage for all Americans. Dr. Haffizulla also discussed the Clinical Practice Transformation initiative that AMWA leaders can lend support and expertise toward to bridge any gaps in its structure and implementation. For information on the Affordable Care Act, visit healthcare.gov.