Born in Kansas, I grew up hearing “Ad Astra per Aspera” (to the stars, through difficulty). The Kansas motto refers to the pioneering spirit of the early settlers and acknowledges difficult times on the way to becoming a state. With every journey there are tricky bits; times when the pieces don’t fit together nicely and you have to rearrange your travel plans to reach your destination. Leadership has been my journey, and I find that those tricky bits are the places on the trip I learn the most. My guiding star is family medicine, reflecting the strength and diversity of our membership and shining a light on the critical importance of excellent primary care for our patients. My destination on this leg of the trip is the AAFP board of directors, and though there may be difficulty, I am thrilled to begin the journey. #AdAstraBrull

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Dr. Jen Brull is a family medicine physician, practicing in Plainville, Kansas, where she lives with her family, three cats and a dog. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed family medicine residency training in Topeka, Kansas. This is her eighteenth year of private practice in a rural area where she now also serves as the medical director for a geographically disparate accountable care organization of independent primary care practices. She served two years (2013-2014) as an HIT Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator and was recognized as a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the CDC in 2014. She was named as a Top 25 Innovator by Modern Healthcare in 2019 and is a physician leader in performance improvement, electronic record adoption and change management. Special interests include integrating promotion of healthy behaviors into the office visit and the use of social media in medicine.