IAFP News Bites
April 29, 2020
For the next several weeks we will be sending out IAFP News Bites every Wednesday. 

The weekly e-news will increase our ability to provide you COVID-19 updates in one central location.
COVID-19 Resources
With the global spread of COVID-19,  IAFP wishes to provide members with the most accurate information as the Coronavirus situation evolves and wishes to direct members to these trusted resources: 

coronavirus.iowa.gov The state of Iowa has released an updated dashboard that will be updated daily to include comprehensive tracking of COVID-19 in Iowa.
  CDC's Coronavirus Center for Healthcare Professionals:  Updated daily. Direct access to interim guidance on key issues, extensive health resources, etc.

  AAFP's Coronavirus Center: As more is being learned about the coronavirus infection, the AAFP has a team that is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and posting all relevant updates on its  dedicated COVID-19 resource . There is a lot of evolving, and sometimes inaccurate, information about the situation, so members can be confident that this page contains the most recent information they need that is aligned with the CDC and focused squarely on family medicine.

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Provides a variety of resources for physicians, patients and the public.

We are also continually  adding links to resources and information to our IAFP COVID-19 website  that we think will benefit our members. 

AAFP 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey
A message from AAFP

Recently we asked you to share feedback by taking the AAFP Membership Survey. That was before the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Right now, your free time is invaluable as you work hard to keep your communities healthy. We still would like to know how we can best serve your needs, so we've extended the survey deadline to April 30.

If you can find 10 free minutes in the next few days, please share your thoughts about this past year of your membership. As always, your response is confidential.

We will continue to fight for you every day on Capitol Hill. We will continue to vet and provide the latest information and best practices so you can make informed decisions and educate your patients.
Thank you for your time. And thank you for all you do every day.

AAFP to Hold Weekly  Town Hall 
on COVID-19 on Wednesdays
AAFP will be holding a weekly town hall  every Wednesday night from 7:00- 8:00 pm to provide updates on COVID-19. CME is available for participating. 

Tonight's topic is on the  impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations

You can join the Town Hall HERE
AAFP to Offer Free COVID-19 Live Webinar Update with CME on Fridays
AAFP has put together a Live CME credit webinar series that will take place each Friday night at  7:00 pm central on the COVID-19 crisis.  This week the topic is "Managing the COVID-19 Crisis: An Emergency Room Family Physician's Perspective"

The sessions are  completely free  and involve a presentation with extensive learner driven Q&A with follow-up on the learning community. Each week they will address clinical issues that they hope will help learners tackle this crisis. More information can be found at the link below
Daily COVID-19 Updates from 
IAFP Lobbyist 
IAFP Lobbyist, David Adelman, from Cornerstone Government Affairs, is providing state and national COVID-19 updates daily.  These can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the 
Join the New IAFP Member 
COVID-19 Facebook Community
The IAFP has created a private Facebook community group for Iowa Academy of Family Physicians members. The purpose of this group is to provide Iowa family physicians a place to connect and share ideas and information regarding COVID-19. 
Physician Well-Being 
Resources from AAFP  
Webcast: Managing the COVID-19 Crisis
Find out how you can care for the emotional health of all stakeholders in patient care (including yourself) with the free on demand webinar  Maintaining the Emotional Health of You, Your Team, and Your Patients.

Speaker: Psychologist Nancy Ruddy, Ph.D. | Approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed Credit.
Earn CME for Physician Well-being during Pandemic  
This course,  Physician Well-being in the Time of the Pandemic, offers skill-building to alleviate the stress and cope with the trauma experienced while providing care to patients.
Decreasing Stress and Anxiety
The AAFP offers  a list of resources(2 page PDF)  to help you, your family, your patients, and your team manage stress during this pandemic.
Resources to Support Your Family
We know our members need resources to support their families as they themselves are working in patient care settings.  This list of resources(2 page PDF) can help with child care while most schools and daycares are closed, and offers a set of online resources to support the education and entertainment of kids at home. 

Ways to Reduce Home-exposure Risks
The new  Protecting the Health and Safety of Your Household(2 page PDF) provides guidance on limiting the risk to your family when you return home at the end of your workday.

Free Therapy for COVID-19 Frontliners
This  online teletherapy program(www.eleos.health) matches volunteer therapists to frontline healthcare workers. 

Language Resources for COVID-19 
We wanted to make you aware of a new COVID-19 resource that makes information more accessible to communities with limited English proficiency.  Available from Communities Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees it provides infographics, posters and videos on hand washing, face covering and symptoms checker in more than 40 languages. You can access this information HERE
AAFP Advocacy Resources     
The AAFP has  developed  a website dedicated  solely  to advocacy issues related to COVID-19. You will find information on the CARES Act, answers to telehealth questions, and updates on the latest AAFP  advocacy efforts  to support family physicians
IAFP Member Provides COVID-19 Resource Video for Patients    
IAFP member, James Paulson, M.D. of Grinnell, has asked that we share a video resource the he made to help his patients cope with COVID-19. You can find the video HERE
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Pam Williams, Executive Vice President, pwilliams@iaafp.org
Katie Cox, Deputy  Executive Vice President , kcox@iaafp.org
Kelly Scallon, Director of Education and Advocacy, kscallon@iaafp.org