COLUMBUS — Ann M. Spicer, executive vice president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Commission on Health of the Public and Science for a term that began Dec. 15, 2016, and will end Dec. 14, 2019.
The Commission on Health of the Public and Science is one of seven commissions that direct AAFP policies and programs. Through its four subcommittees and specific work groups, advisory committees and member interest groups, the commission supports all four of the AAFP’s strategic objectives: payment reform, practice transformation, family medicine workforce, and clinical expertise.
Commission members are often chosen to serve as advisers or AAFP representatives to national panels and programs external to the AAFP that guide the development of health policies that define standards of care in practice.
Since 1995, Spicer has led the OAFP and the OAFP Foundation. Committed to lifelong learning, Spicer keeps abreast of current association management techniques through her participation in the American Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Medical Society Executives. She is equally respected among her AAFP chapter executive peers, having recently completed a three-year term on the AAFP Chapter Executives Advisory Committee. Chapter executives elect their representatives to the committee; not only was Spicer elected to serve, but was selected as convener of the group in the third year of her term. She also contributed nationally as the chapter executive appointee to the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy and the AAFP Committee on Communications.
Prior to her tenure with the OAFP, Spicer served as the executive secretary of the Ohio House of Representatives where she managed a $17 million annual budget and supervised a staff of 350 employees.
In recognition of her contributions, the OAFP named Spicer as the recipient of the 2015 OAFP Torchlight Leadership Award. She is the only nonphysician to ever receive this award.