Dear Direct Primary Care Alliance Member,
It has been a busy eight months! The DPCA Board of Directors thanks you for your support of the DPC Alliance. We now have more than 300 members. We have collaboratively navigated a number of health policy challenges this year including CMMI’s inquiry about a direct primary care pilot for Medicare and the continued work on utilization of HSAs for medical-membership fees. Our members have led the charge at DPC conferences and online through Facebook groups, news articles and on major television networks. We had a tremendous turnout at the AAFP’s DPC Summit where we sponsored happy hour and managed to corral around 60 physician members for our first, formal (but not so formal), group picture! Thank you for for sharing our vision of a physician-led physician organization.
Elections are around the corner! We are writing to inform you of upcoming elections including open positions, the process for nominations and elections and the timeline for participation.
Who is being elected?
There are three openings this fall in our Advisory Committee. We will also be choosing our President-Elect.
What is an Advisory Committee Member?
The DPCA has nine Advisory Committee Members. Advisory Committee Members make up the Board of Directors along with the Executive Committee. The Advisory Committee Members serve three year terms, advise and work with the Executive Committee on all major Alliance decisions and head up sub groups within the alliance (such as the Membership Committee, Social Media Committee, etc..) Advisory Committee Members may be re-elected indefinitely and have no limits on number of terms served. At minimum, Advisory Committee Members must participate in a 2-3 hour quarterly call with the entire Board of Directors.
Who can run for Advisory Committee Member?
Any DPCA member in good standing, in active DPC practice may be nominated for the Advisory Committee.
Who can nominate and vote for an Advisory Committee Member?
Any DPCA member in good standing, in active DPC practice may nominate and participate in the election process. Medical students, resident physicians and physicians not in active DPC practice may neither nominate nor vote in elections. Self-nomination is permitted.
Who are the current Advisory Committee Members?
At the time of incorporation, nine advisory committee members were selected. Three members are serving 3 year terms, three members are serving 2 year terms and three members are serving a one year term. This was done upon establishing the Alliance to create long-term continuity among the Advisory Board by staggering elections.
Present Advisory Committee members include: Drs. Jeffrey Gold, Doug Farrago, Michael Caimpi, Lisa Davidson, Jennifer Harader, Vance Lassey, Kylie Vannaman, Josh Umbehr and Kimberly Legg-Corba.
Drs. Vannaman, Umbher and Legg-Corba are presently serving one year terms and their seats are up for nomination this election cycle.
What is the timeline for this process?
The timeline for nominations and elections is outlined below.
How is the President-Elect chosen?
The President-Elect candidates shall be nominated by the Board of Directors and chosen by majority vote of the DPCA Voting membership.
The timing and electoral process is outlined below. We encourage all voting members to attend to these dates and actively participate in the nomination and election process.
Open for Nominations. Nominations may be sent to email@example.com after this date. Nominees will be contacted on a rolling-basis to confirm their interest in becoming an Advisory Committee Member. September 20th: Nominations are closed September 23rd: Nominees announced. September 23-Oct 1: Nominees will provide DPCA Vice President with a document of interest (1 paragraph) and qualifications (1 paragraph) via firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be available to members on the DPCA website October 1- October 20th along with a 1-3 minute video of each candidate discussing their interest in the open position. October 18th-19th: Elections via anonymized online poll. Voting members will receive an emailed link to access voting. More information on these details will be available on the Alliance website soon.
New Advisory Committee Members will assume their duties November 1, 2018. The President-Elect will join the Board of Directors November 1, 2018 and assume President duties January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2022.
Thank you for your commitment to direct primary care, to the DPCA and to physician-drive healthcare solutions. We look forward to your involvement and continued growth of the DPCA!
Julie K. Gunther, MD, VP
Douglas Farrago, MD
DPCA Advisory Committee, Elections Sub-Committee
DPCA & The Executive Leadership of the DPCA