National Conference of Constituency Leaders    



The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the AAFP’s leadership development event that empowers a select group of change makers to catalyze positive change in family medicine. NCCL will inspire you to build on your leadership skills and create a lasting impact for current and future generations of family physicians. NCCL offers leadership and policy development opportunities for:

  • New physicians (in the first seven years of practice following residency)
  • Women physicians
  • Minority physicians
  • International medical graduates (IMG), from schools outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • LGBTQ+ physicians/physician allies

Michigan delegates—one per constituency—are appointed by the MAFP Board of Directors. They exchange information and share experiences with their colleagues from across the country, while developing leadership skills, helping to establish or update Academy policy, and electing national leaders. Chapter delegates are eligible to serve on and testify in reference committees, vote on resolutions, and vote in elections.

Delegates are reimbursed for eligible expenses according to the MAFP reimbursement policy.


MAFP 2023 Delegates2023 National Conference of Constituency Leaders Michigan Delegates

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  • Sahoko Little, MD, PhD (Ann Arbor), IMG Delegate
    "I am an international medical graduate from Japan. As the director of the Japanese Family Health Program at the University of Michigan, I serve the Japanese patient community and it is very satisfying. I believe that IMGs can help promote the health of ethnic minorities in their communities, and I would like to learn how to be a leader in a larger community."
  • Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP (Muskegon), LGBTQIA+ Physician/Physician Ally Delegate
    "I am honored and excited to attend NCCL as Michigan’s LGBTQIA+ delegate. As a mother to a daughter who identifies as bisexual, I am passionate that healthcare address the needs of our LGBTQIA+ population and provide support for our LGBTQIA+ physicians."
  • Frank Animikwam, MD (Petoskey), Minority Delegate
    "As a Native American of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, I have grown up with uniques experiences in both urban and Tribal communities. I look forward to serving as a Delegate to bring representation of Native Amercians as well as learn leadership skills to bring back to my Tribe Health Department."
  • Aisha Harris, MD (Flint), New Physician Delegate
    "I am interested in being a Delegate because I think it is important to participate in forums and discussions that impact upstream medicine and the public health crises that exist. Additionally, I believe that health policy plays an important role in how I practice medicine and I would like to help speak and act on my experiences, concerns, and ideas for the future of family medicine." 
  • Hannah Rosenfield, MD (Kalamazoo), Woman Physician Delegate
    "I am deeply motivated to help make positive change for my patients. As a recent graduate from fellowship and residency, I am eager to become more involved in advocacy and policy change at the state and national level for my patients and my community. I believe that advocacy takes many forms, and participation at the National Conference of Constitutency Leaders is a key part of that."

Call for Resolution Ideas

Do you have a proposed solution to a concern, a suggestion for a new AAFP initiative, or a requested AAFP policy that one or more of the delegates listed above can formulate into a formal resolution for proposal at the 2024 National Conference of Constituency Delegates? Email [email protected].