The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across Minnesota (and the U.S.): it’s more contagious and may cause more severe illness than past variants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We are seeing infections and hospitalizations increasing again—and, in turn, our health system is being strained.
We know many of you are SO tired and have done your part in the past to limit the spread and fight this pandemic. Unfortunately, the more people in our communities who don’t do their part, the more the virus will mutate (change) and cause problems for all of us.
Once again, we’re hearing from family physicians across Minnesota: They are tired. They are struggling. They are fighting for you. But, they need YOU to join the fight!
Read More We Need You to Join the Fight Against the Delta Variant
We asked Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) President Deb Dittberner, MD, MBA, to share about the challenges facing family medicine and where the MAFP has room to grow.
Read More Meet MAFP President Deb Dittberner, MD, MBA
In the past four months, the Twin Cities physician community has lost several of our own to suicide. Tragically, we are not alone—about 300-400 physicians in the U.S. die each year from suicide, with physicians facing a suicide risk nearly 2-3 times higher than the general population.
Now more than ever, it’s critical for health care clinics/hospitals/systems, payers, physicians and more to come together to address burnout and the increase in physician suicide. Not only do we need to normalize physicians seeking help for mental health concerns and remove stigma and punishments, but we also need to recognize that our healers are human too and they need support like everyone else.
Read More We Must Do Something About Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide
Jim Boulger, PhD, MAFP Honorary Member and Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, shares about the Duluth campus’ continued, unparalleled success in matching medical students into family medicine.
Read More Duluth’s Continued Success in Matching Students into Family Medicine
Use our Speak Out Tool to ask Minnesota legislators to support expansion of the loan forgiveness program to address health care workforce shortages in rural Minnesota and make our state a healthier, more equitable place to live.
Read More Support Health Care Loan Forgiveness