Members in the News

December 2023


IAFP Past President Bernard Richard, MD, receives Community Impact Award
The Community Impact Award is presented to Community Health Network physicians and APPs for their positive impact through service to their community, service to their profession, and humanitarian work. Community Health Network wants to recognize these individuals not only for their achievements, but also for the inspiration they provide others.

Physicians or APPs who have made made an outstanding contribution through active service in the medical community through any of the following activities are eligible:

  • Upholding the practice of medicine through advocacy of national health care policies at the local, state, or federal levels on behalf of his/her profession and patients.
  • Served in a leadership role in local, state, or national medical or professional societies.
  • Has had a significant impact on their community, through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work, or other community involvement continually advocating for the best health of those served.


Faihza Hill, MD, MS, MPH, appointed to the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS)

Congratulations to Faihza Hill, MD, MS, MPH, of Lafayette, who was appointed to the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS) in December 2023. Dr. Hill’s term of service began on December 15, 2023, and ends on December 14, 2025. 

The work of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS) is constant, diverse, and significant. CHPS regularly processes referrals from the AAFP’s Board of Directors, the Congress of Delegates, the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

CHPS members are often chosen to serve as AAFP representatives on national panels and programs external to AAFP that guide the development of health policies that define standards of care in practice. These national level efforts have far-reaching implications as the clinical evidence helps define both quality performance metrics for practices and payment for evidence-based care.

CHPS is often tasked with developing or updating position statements in response to media inquiries and current events, thus supporting AAFP’s Board of Directors and representing the membership as it addresses the nation’s most pressing health concerns. CHPS also supports longitudinal campaigns that are the joint products of AAFP’s collaboration with partner organizations, such as the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative.

Hill earned her medical degree with a Distinction in Medical Education from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Unity Health White County Medical Center while holding local, state, and national leadership positions. In those positions, she advocated for equity in medical practice, policy, education, and research. Hill also has a Master of Public Health degree in Policy and Management and a Master of Science in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona. She is board-certified through the American Board of Family Medicine.