Today, a York-based family physician is taking on the role of president at the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.
Dr. Wanda D. Filer was first chosen as president-elect of the AAFP in October 2014.
As president of the AAFP, she will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients for positive change in the U.S. health care system.
A physician for more than 25 years, Filer has served with many state health care-focused organizations, such as the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and the Vision of Hope for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, which focuses on preventing child sexual assault.
Most notably, she was the first Physician General in Pennsylvania and acted as a public health adviser to then-Gov. Tom Ridge.
Also during her career, Filer founded the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm that is dedicated to raising awareness of health issues and the need for change. She currently practices at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams Counties.
Filer has been an active member of the AAFP since 1987. She has held the following positions during that time:
- Commission on Governmental Advocacy
- Board liaison to the Commission on Continuing Professional Development
- Board member on the Foundation Board of Trustees
- Board member of the FamMedPAC
- Member of the political action committee
- Director of the board