ACOFP Member Gives Back
Congratulations to ACOFP Fellow Steve Kamajian, DO, FACOFP and the Westminster Free Clinic for receiving approval and full funding to open a 2nd location in Ventura County, California, expanding their free clinic and medical career training internship program for high schoolers. Dr. Kamajian is a co-founder and President of the Board of the Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks, California that treats 8,000 uninsured and low-income patients per year. In March at the ACOFP Annual Convention, ACOFP recognized Dr. Kamajian for his outstanding volunteer work with the 2019 Humanitarian Award.
ACOFP Women's Leadership Spotlight
Excellence in Advocacy
Katarina Lindley, DO, FACOFP has a unique background and life experiences that have shaped her passion for life and for osteopathic family medicine. Dr. Lindley knew from day one that she would someday become a family physician, but found there are many challenges in medicine, some of which require health care reform. These issues are what prompted her to become an active advocate for family physicians and patients at the local, state and federal levels. Read more about her advocacy work in this week’s Spotlight.
Senate Publicly Releases Negligent Nursing Home List
Before the recent June 2019 Senate report, negligent nursing homes with a persistent record of poor care were not publicly identified. Based on a request by US Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Robert Casey (D-PA), the list of special focus facilities that persistently fall short are now being made public. View the full list of Special Focus Facilities and read the Families' and Residents' Right to Know report.
Study Finds Commonly Prescribed Med Increase Dementia Rate
A new study finds a link between anticholinergic drugs and dementia among patients over 55 years old. The University of Nottingham nested, case-control study published recently in the peer-reviewed JAMA Internal Medicine journal correlates a “50% increased odds of dementia when taking anticholinergic drugs such as antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs.” Read the full discussion of other study findings consistent with the Nottingham study, including a US cohort study of 3,434 participants.