In brief

Benefits of having a family physician recognized

LANSING — To highlight family physicians’ dedication to providing high quality, patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 23-29 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

“Family medicine physicians play an important role in keeping Michigan residents healthy,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Their dedication to disease prevention, treating all ages and addressing the broader health of the community are why they are such a valued part of the health care system.”

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians collectively represent more than 4,500 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students statewide. Together they are hosting Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Lansing on Feb. 25 to provide an opportunity for family medicine advocates to discuss legislative and policy issues impacting the delivery of and access to healthcare in Michigan with their elected officials.

“Family physicians practice family medicine – the medical specialty that provides comprehensive healthcare for individuals and families,” said MAFP President Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA. “We diagnose and treat illness and provide preventive care, manage chronic conditions, and advocate for patients as they navigate the healthcare system. Because our care is based on ongoing relationships with our patients, we really get to know them and their past health histories, which helps us make the best medical decisions for each individual.”

To learn more about MAFP, visit To learn more about the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, visit


‘Starting a Business’ and ‘Writing a Business Plan’ in Flint

FLINT – “Starting a Business” and “Writing a Business Plan” workshops will be presented backto back on Thursday, March 5 at The Ferris Wheel in Flint.

“Starting a Business” is from 10-11:30 a.m. and designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Online registration available at: workshop.aspx?ekey=60400012

“Writing a Business Plan” will be from 12-1:30 p.m. A well-written business plan is a critically important tool in the business owner toolkit. A plan can be used for many purposes but most important to business success is the plan that serves as an accountability tool and a road map to business growth. Online registration at:

There is no fee for the workshops but advance and separate registration for each individual is required.

Details: Visit the MI-SBDC website at or call the I-69 Trade Corridor regional office in Flint at 810-762-9660. — G.G.