A Message from the President
By Janet Namini-Sabuco
Dear NAAPA members;
As 2016 just recently ended, we find ourselves in the midst of major change across the country and world in terms of politics, healthcare and the economy in general. It is a time to reflect on all that has been good in our organization and look forward to the year ahead with much excitement and energy for the opportunities coming our way.
2016 was a busy year for NAAPA. We held two well-attended education conferences; the spring conference in St. Louis and the fall conference in San Antonio. Each conference had 35-40 attendees including twelve first time attendees at the fall conference! Each conference had many interesting subjects and speakers, with a balance of research and clinical subjects as well as panel discussions hosted by NAAPA members and the infamous “Take Two” sessions, where attendees ask questions and solicit answers/feedback from the group. A hallmark of every conference and always ranked among the highest sessions on the conference surveys.
The education committee chaired by Liz Stevenson, (Oregon Health & Science University) is in the midst of planning the spring conference to be held at St. Augustine, Florida and hosted by Marika Brigham, (University of Florida College of Medicine). The conference agenda will provide a well-rounded variety of topics and some activities/excursions are being planned around the conference, so be on the lookout for more information coming out soon about those activities so you can incorporate the dates into travel plans for the conference.
Membership continues to grow with 111 active members and 7 associate (honorary) members. 21 new members joined NAAPA during 2016, welcome! The membership committee continues outreach efforts to increase membership at existing NAAPA institutions and extend membership to individuals at new institutions. Below is a map of showing NAAPA members’ locations in 85 of the 141 AAMC locations in the country. We are well represented across the country but have room to grow at more AAMC locations throughout the country. If anyone is interested in working to grow membership, please contact John Herzke, (Johns Hopkins Hospital) membership chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NAAPA Board has been busy this year, with meetings at each conference and a mid-summer planning meeting in July at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. During this meeting, the Board updated the organization’s strategic plan that is posted on the website for all members to view. The plan includes themes and core values of the association, mission and vision statements, objectives and strategic activities for each of the following board committees: membership, education/professional development, technology, benchmarking and finance. When you have a moment, please review the strategic plan and let us know any feedback you have on the direction for NAAPA in the upcoming year.
We are grateful to Lindsey Dozanti for volunteering to takeover chair of the benchmarking committee and facilitate the upcoming education survey for the organization. Please take a moment to complete the survey, as the more respondents we have, the more meaningful the results for all of us. The survey is planned to be distributed in early January and results will be presented at the spring conference.
Happy New Year and all the best,