December 5, 2015 - The DO Family Newsletter  
Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships Conference

PHOENIX - This November at the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Advocacy for Health Partnerships Conference, Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Executive Director, Kris Nicholoff was asked to address attendees.

OPAC sponsored a luncheon on Thursday of the Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships Conference, at which Nicholoff delivered a presentation on the importance of advocacy, collaboration and networking. In addition, Sean Neal, Director of the Osteopathic Political Action Committee, highlighted the impact OPAC has around the nation.

"OPAC makes an impact in Washington DC, but what about continuing the momentum back home? I'm proud to say with a friend like Kris, the profession can continue to make a difference in Michigan. Kris delivered an excellent message that resonated with his colleagues, the importance of collaboration and networking. I am always impressed by Kris' passion and dedication to the profession and I look forward to working with him in the future," reports Neal.

The conference consists of a series of similar training sessions designed to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for physicians and association staff to successfully advocate for patients and the osteopathic profession.

The full presentation can be found HERE.
MOA Receives Grant for Adult Immunization Awareness 

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has received 
a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Division of Immunization. The MOA will be part of a program titled: Increasing Awareness and Implementation of the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice through Partnerships with State and Local Immunization Programs. This is part of the 2015 Prevention and Public Health Funds granted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.
The MOA will participate in the Adult Immunization Stakeholder Meeting and will host an educational session for our members. Stakeholders will also contribute in creating an immunization action plan to map strategies for the next two years. 
The MOA is honored to be selected as a stakeholder and be a part of an effort to increase the quality of health inour communities. As educational sessions are planned they will be posted on the MOA website Calendar of Events and dates will be sent through the MOA Pulse newsletter. 
Fundraiser for Rep. Edward J. Canfield, DO

LANSING, MI, Dec. 2 - Past President of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and current State representative for Michigan's 84th District, Edward J. Canfield, DO, held a fundraising event at the Michigan Restaurant Association. The event brought together strong showing of supporters and sponsors. Canfield has been an active representative since his election in 2014. His committee assignments include the House Appropriations Committee, as well as chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation. He also serves on the appropriations subcommittees of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Community Health, Department of Corrections and Department of Education.

His time in the legislature has only enhanced his enthusiasm. "One of the things I'm very excited about of course is the early primary care bill that I am working on" said Canfield. "I'm also working to make sure that physicians who are required at this point to have maintenance of certification that they will still be able to practice if they choose not to continue their maintenance of certification. We think that it's really important that doctors be able to practice into their 50's and 60's without being encumbered by unnecessary requirements."

To learn more about Dr. Canfield, the candidate, visit:
The AMOA "Tree of Peace" Honors Loved Ones

The Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) have helped make the offices at the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) festive and developed a way to raise funds. The Tree of Peace Honor Roll allows MOA members to donate on behalf of a loved one and have them honored on the Tree of Peace with a handmade ornament. 

The memorialized name is also added to the AMOA Tree of Peace Honor Roll book. The Tree of Peace and the book are at the MOA offices through the holidays.

Special thanks to the AMOA from the MOA for all they do for our members and the communities they serve. 


If you haven't already, please "Like" the AMOA Facebook page 
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MSUCOM & MSU IIH Announce new Clinic in Mexico

MERIDA, Mexico - The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) has once again expanded their global reach with the announcement of a new
MSUCOM Dean William Strampel, flanked by local leaders and hospital officials, addresses the press in Merida, Mexico. 
clinic in Merida, Mexico. The clinic, which was built by the Yucatan Department of Health, will house researchers, doctors, residents and students from MSUCOM. 

 "This is a very real example of how we're addressing President Simon's goals for expanding MSU's reputation as a world-grant university," MSUCOM Dean William Strampel said. "We've established a presence in the city and built relationships that will benefit MSU students, faculty and medical residents while serving a great need for quality health care among Merida residents."

To learn more, visit the MSU Today website: MSUToday
Physician-Sponsored Legislation
State Representative, and Past President of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), Edward Canfield, DO, sponsored the following House Bills:  

HB 5090 Health occupations; physicians; continuing certification requirements for physicians; prohibit as basis for license or renewal or for hospital admitting privileges. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding secs. 16147 & 21514.
Last Action: 12/02/2015 - printed bill filed 12/02/2015

HB 5091 
Insurance; health benefits; insurer or health maintenance organization requiring physicians to hold certain certifications before paying or reimbursing claims; prohibit unless specifically required for licensure. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100 - 500.8302) by adding sec. 2212d.
Last Action: 12/02/2015 - printed bill filed 12/02/2015

Office Depot Keurig Offer
Continues until Dec. 26

MOA members can still take advantage of the Office Depot offer on the incredibly popular, Keurig K140 and the Keurig K150 coffee makers. 

Special Prices: 
Keurig K140 with 4 boxes of K-Cups $89.99
Keurig K150 with 8 boxes of K-Cups - $169.99
This offer expires Dec. 26, 2015. 
For more details, click HERE for a PDF
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In Memoriam

Dec. 1 saw the passing of William A. Athens Sr., DO

October 2 of 2015 saw the passing of Eugene N. Sands, DO
Click here for a local obituary

Sept. 26 saw the passing of Donald R. Eck, DO
Click here for a local obituary 

September 25 of 2015 saw the passing of Gregory D. Harrington III, DO

June 18 of 2015 saw the passing of Hugh L. Grover, DO

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click HERE.
To renew your dues, click HERE
Save the Date!
The 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will be held May 12-15, 2016, in Dearborn, Michigan
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