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May 2022

Emily Chin, MD, FAAFP - MassAFP President

May 2022 President's Comments
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the first woman of color in this role with the MassAFP and excited to continue to build on our work in promoting the speciality of Family Medicine.  I am a Massachusetts native, born and raised on the North Shore.  I am a graduate of Boston University, Tufts University School of Medicine and the Tufts FM Residency; I guess you could say I have a strong affiliation to this state! 
Like many of you, the past few years have presented personal and professional challenges that have really forced me to think about what’s meaningful, achievable and worthwhile.  It certainly highlighted the importance of family medicine and primary care to the health of our communities.  In a highly matrixed, constantly evolving health system, family medicine needs to be at the table.  Our chapter has been active in advocating on your behalf for primary care investment, value-based care, and telehealth parity.  We will continue to support the physician - patient relationship in all medical decisions, inclusive of full reproductive rights. 
We are looking to members to reach out and speak up, so that we can truly represent the diverse needs of our communities.  Looking forward to a year of engagement and dialogue!

Emily Chin, MD, FAAFP

May Legislative Update

FY23 Budget
The legislative budget process is underway at the State House. In April, the House of Representatives passed a $49.7 billion proposal for the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) budget. The House’s proposal contains $1.39 billion in additional spending over the Governor Baker’s proposal. The higher total price tag is largely due to MassHealth cost increases under the extension of the federal public health emergency.

The National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

The National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is live and in person July 28–30 in Kansas City, MO. Take advantage of this event and focus on your future in family medicine.

Early Bird Savings End Soon: National Conference 2022
National Conference is your can’t-miss event! Take a deep dive into the scope of practice, while building important connections to further your career.
There is something for everyone at National Conference, including:
  • Over 40 workshops, clinics, and procedural courses
  • 400+ residency programs, medical missions, and employers looking to connect
  • Inspiring and motivational speakers who want to share their experience in family medicine
  • Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) that will challenge and support you
Don’t wait! Join us in Kansas City this summer and save $50 when you register by June 17.
Register Today!


 MassAFP Foundation - Call for Board Members

The MassAFP Foundation is seeking members to join our Board of Directors.  The Foundation supports funding the education, research and philanthropic projects of the MassAFP, including sponsoring medical students to attend Family Medicine conferences. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at
Meet your Staff

We look forward to working with MassAFP

Tricia Kennedy 
Chapter Executive 
Tricia joins MassAFP with a background in healthcare administration, association management, and physician and patient advocacy. She has experience as Administrator of an outpatient surgery center, working on multi-site research studies and member engagement. She graduated from UMASS/Amherst with a BBA/Marketing and earned an M.S. in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College.  

Lisa Bayless
Administrative Assistant ~ 781-434-7316
Lisa has been with the Specialty Management Services team for over 5 years, providing administrative support for membership, communications, and meetings/events.  Prior to joining the SMS team, Lisa worked in the Massachusetts Medical Society Membership Processing Department.

Lynda Layer, CAE
Advisor ~ 781-434-7317
Lynda, a Certified Association Executive, has been with the Specialty Management Services team for 13 years, most recently taking on the role of Director, Regional Outreach and Association Management for the MMS.  Lynda has worked directly with many of the client specialty societies and manages the team of 8 administrators, coordinators and specialists.  Lynda is also the Chapter Administrator for the Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Physicians.
We can all be reached at  We look forward to working with you.
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