Mississippi Academy of
Family Physicians Newsletter
September 23, 2017

Upcoming Events
Fall Conference
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017
The Mill Conference Center, Starkville

MAFP Capitol Day
March 7, 2018
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson

Board Meeting 

December 8-9
Indianola, MS

New Members

William K. Currie, MD
Laurel, MS

Ashley W. Harris, MD
Columbus, MS

David E. Hibbets, DO
Hattiesburg, MS


Cameron Bonds, MD 
Jacob Cox, DO
Mimi T. Nguyen, DO
Franchesca N. Robichaud, MD
Timothy Zepponi, DO

WCUCOM Students
Samuel Hall
Alexander L. Moore

UMMC Students
Hollie Ables
Katheryn Adam
Reid Black
Kaylie D. Bradshaw
Sarah Brannan
Anna B. Britt
Evan Browning
Robert H. Burrow
Anissa Butler
Joshua Campbell
Samuel Chafin
Katherine Cranston
Breland Crudup
Sean Duke
Mariam Ebeid
Nathan Ford
Ruth Fowler
Sebastian Galante
Rosario K. Guastella
Jonathan Hamilton
Skiey Hardin
Kyle Hart
Wilson Helmhout
Kelly Hill
Kelsey Hillhouse
Haley Hobart
Alex Huff
Joshua Irby
Jordan Jackson
Lance Jaynes
Rose Joachim
Candise Johnson
Amanda Kaminski
Kelton Kingsley
Jaslyn Langford
Sallie LIn
Abby Matthews
Lily F. McCrory
Jon Abigail McDonald
Alexander J. Meyer
Jenni K. Miles
Paige Mims
Rachael A. Nelson
Daulton Newman
Dai Nguyen
Ashley Noblin
Rohan Pareek
Kirby G. Parker
Sara B. Parker
Naishal Patel
Daniel Patterson
Chandler Pride
Frank H. Redd
Jeremiah Reese
Walker Robison
Damien Roland
Cary N. Roy
Conner Sears
Chamnee P. Seo
Melinda Solomon
Austin Southern
Louise Spencer
Shanesse Spratt
Elliott Taylor
Jack G. Tharp
Peyton Thigpen
Sam Thomas
Jared Vaughan
Elizabeth Wicks
Alexis Witcher
Hobart Zhu

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GETU1 and promote healthy living in the state of Mississippi by purchasing a Live Healthy specialty license tag for the small fee of $31.
Request this tag at your county tax collector's office when you renew your license tag. Proceeds from the sale of this tag benefit the Mississippi Academy of  Family Physicians Foundation.

Breakout Sessions on Social Media, Physician Wellness Highlight Fall Conference
Dynamic breakout sessions on Social Media and Building Wellness Into Your Practice will teach physicians how to take advantage of the latest technologies and increase their joy in practicing medicine. MAFP's  Fall Conference will be held Friday, Sept. 29 - Sunday, Oct. 1,  at The Mill Conference Center across the street from the MSU campus.  Get all the details (and register online) on our Fall Conference website  page .
Dr. Anna Marie Hailey-Sharp Becomes a Beacon for Rural Medicine
Dr. Hailey-Sharp

It's worth reading the article about how family physicians are needed in rural areas, and how the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is  helping to make it a reality. Dr. Hailey-Sharp completed UMMC and did her Family Medicine Residency at UMMC while taking part in the MRPSP.
MAFP officials met Sept. 7 with Miss. Bureau of Narcotics leaders David Maxwell and John Dowdy about working together on the opioid crisis. L-R: Dr. Luke Lampton, Dr. Katie Patterson, Maxwell, Dowdy, MAFP Executive Director Beth Embry.

Physicians Encouraged to Attend Opioid Addiction Town Hall Meetings 
At the Indianola opioid town hall rally Sept. 20, (L-R) MSMA President-Elect Dr. Michael Mansour of Greenville with MAFP member Dr. Hannah Ray of Jackson and MAFP President Dr. Katherine Patterson of Indianola.
The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy and several other organizations are hosting Opioid Town Hall Rallies throughout Mississippi to bring awareness to communities across our state about opioid abuse and what you can do to help reduce the effects of opioid addiction.
In Mississippi alone, 1 in 10 people misuse prescription drugs and overall prescription drug abuse has surged 400% in the past decade.
MBP and its partner organizations, including the MS Dept. of Mental Health, the MS Bureau of Narcotics, and the Jackson division of the FBI are hosting the rallies and more information is available here.
Tuesday 9/26 Vicksburg
Tuesday 10/3 Oxford
Tuesday 10/17 Gautier
Tuesday 10/24 Meridian
Tuesday 11/7 Grenada
Tuesday 11/14 Brookhaven
Tuesday 11/21 Picayune
Tuesday 12/5 Philadelphia

Medicaid to Host Workshops
Beginning Sept. 19, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) will host seven workshops around the state aimed at informing an updating health-care providers about fee-for-service Medicaid.  Each Medicaid Fee-For-Service Workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Here are the dates and cities:

Thursday 9/28 Greenwood
Tuesday 10/3 Meridian
Wednesday 10/4 Hattiesburg
Thursday 10/19 Gulfport
Tuesday 10/24 Pearl (Jackson Metro)

The Medicaid Fee-For-Service Workshops will cover a range of topics that relate to all provider types enrolled in the Mississippi Medicaid program. Representatives with DOM's Office of Provider Beneficiary Relations will provide information on  provider enrollment,  presumptive eligibility,  newborn enrollment,   third-party liability and more.  Providers must RSVP to attend and may do so by completing the Registration Form  or by sending an e-mail to

Free Lunch for Your Clinic Staff? Schedule a Lunch & Learn
The MAFP Foundation, through a grant funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control, is offering to all MAFP members a FREE one-hour Lunch & Learn training session for all clinic staff. Learn how to integrate simple tobacco treatment methods into routine patient care. 

The MAFP Foundation has been awarded $94,000 in grant funding for providing these tobacco cessation programs, including Lunch & Learn sessions. Please schedule a Lunch & Learn and help us meet our grant requirements!  Schedule your clinic's Lunch & Learn today!

AAFP Offers 2 Webinars 
Free Influenza Webinar - Discusses boosting influenza immunization in older patients. Sept. 26 from 11 am to 12 pm Central. No charge.

Transitional Care Management (TCM) - Getting Paid for What We Do Best Webinar: An overview of the benefits associated with offering TCM services to Medicare beneficiaries. October 25 at 12 pm Central. Cost is $69 per person.