What We Do
The LAFP Foundation aims to ensure a thriving family physician workforce for Louisiana. Achieving this vision requires our programs to be both focused and diverse. From our Mentorship Program to scholarships and quality connections, the Foundation provides medical students and family medicine residents the resources they need for a successful career in family medicine.
Family medicine is a medical specialty solidly grounded in science and technology and provides evidence-based, comprehensive first contact and continuing care for patients. Family medicine includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness. Medical students who love each rotation in medical school, love different patient scenarios each day, and who want to care for all people should consider a career in family medicine.
Why We Do It
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the country needs 52,000 more primary care physicians (PCPs) by 2025. This includes 33,000 additional PCPs to account for population growth, 10,000 more PCPs to accommodate an aging population, and more than 8,000 additional PCPs to cover people previously uninsured.
As the seventh most populous state in the union, there is a growing consensus that Ohio is facing a crisis in regard to the supply and distribution of PCPs – specifically family physicians – to treat the population.
According to the Robert Graham Center, to maintain current rates of utilization, Louisiana will need an additional 392 PCPs by 2030, an 15% increase compared to the state’s current (as of 2010) 2,556 PCP workforce. The current Louisiana population to PCP ratio of 1804:1 is greater than the national average of 1463:1. Components of Louisiana’s increased need for PCPs include 176 PCPs from increased utilization due to aging and 111 PCPs due to a greater insured population following the Affordable Care Act.
According to the Robert Graham Center, many decisions that affect the health care workforce occur at the state and local level. The shortage of PCPs is particularly severe in economically disadvantaged, rural, and intercity communities of Louisiana. This is why the Foundation’s programs are so valuable. They provide medical students the experience to witness the true effects a primary care practice has on the community and re-ignites the passion for family medicine residents that already made a commitment to the specialty.