IAFP Values and Strategies

Adopted April 21, 2018


Ease the pathways to meet professional requirements; including assisting family physicians to obtain education needed to remain licensed, board certified, and credentialed to practice at the top of their training and ability

1-year goals

  • Promote on our website that IAFP can help members with problems with credentialing, licensing, or barriers they encounter.
  • Column in the IAFP newsletter - Updates for Family Medicine - highlights any new regulatory requirements from state, ILMPM, IFDPR, ABFM. If nothing for that month can do Ask the Doc or Ask the IAFP President.

3-year goal: Develop more user-friendly KSA and continue to investigate low cost or free KSAs for members. For example, pay your dues before January 31 and receive a promo code for X amount off a KSA this year.

Connect family physicians to the information, training, colleagues and organizations they need to fully engage in their chosen practice style

1-year goal: Promote MIGs special practice or training opportunities for other members to learn. FQHC, Women’s Health, DPC – promote these different practice styles or procedures to members. As well as special area of interest that members may want to investigate.

3-year goal: Have procedure workshop included in the annual meeting schedule.

Build awareness among family medicine residents of the opportunities of active member status, and ease the transition from resident to active member

1-Year goals

  • Consider doing a New Physician panel at FMM each year with young docs answering questions for Residents.
  • Do a quarterly conference call “Check in with your Resident leader” hear what is happening and what IAFP and AAFP are doing. What opportunities are available.
  • Engage residents to write ‘op-eds’ for IAFP newsletters

3-Year goals

  • Incorporate resident focused leadership track at FMM or at annual meeting Chief resident workshop.
  • Resident committee with volunteer leaders from various residency programs.

Develop family physicians as leaders in their practice, medical group, health system and community through training

1-year goals

  • Reach out to those attending FMX from IL and invite them to come early and check out COD and be a part of it.
  • Pair Board with non-board members at COD and assign IL people with tasks to do while they are there (reference committees)

3-year goals

  • Send more non-board member to NCCL/ACLF each year. Open it up to a total of 10 (5 delegates for NCCL constituencies and 5 non-delegates). For fiscal note, consider only offering part of funding for alternate. Prioritize alternate as delegate for following year.
  • Investigate other leadership training programs. Can the Foundation do fundraising to give scholarships to those interested to these programs?

Broaden and increase membership to unite all family physicians and to strengthen the profession

1-year goals

  • Decreased CME registration fee for all newly licensed physicians in IL, we overlook recruiting those who move into IL to practice.
  • Invite all FM physicians in a hospital system to attend residency presentations that are already happening.

3-year goals

  • Strive to have all practice scopes and regions in IL are represented on the Board.
  • How to recruit from other areas of IL? How do we make it easier for those downstate to connect and participate?
  • Survey members to see how they would like to participate
  • Virtual opportunities.
  • Consider whistle stop tour of Illinois

Commit to Dialogue and Engagement

Be the voice of family medicine values to health organizations and the public; seeking to transform healthcare to be primary care-centric.

Train volunteer leaders to represent family medicine as they make presentations, advocate and serve as media representatives

1-year plan: Start with an internal spokesperson workshop for the board immediately after the April 21 board meeting that is offered again before Oct. 26 as a pre-conference to Annual Meeting for more members. 

Choose strategic health organizations with which to engage and collaborate to promote family medicine

This is an ongoing strategy. Family Medicine Midwest is our most visible collaborative activity, which should continue as a contract is signed and in place. 

1-year strategies:

  • Board members should make tangible outreach in their work community to advance and promote the Academy and family medicine’s priorities. The question would appear in each board meeting 54321 Week 1 email for board members to report any activity (examples to be provided).
  • Supply family physicians with resources to understand health advocacy and to promote family medicine. These would be starting tools for 1-year strategies listed above

IAFP key messages live on these web pages for member and public education:


http://www.iafp.com/working-with-iafp - what makes family physicians unique/valuable and how IAFP is the organization to partner with or support to best utilize their talents.

http://www.iafp.com/education - the starting point with links to all we offer members for CME needs. http://www.iafp.com/advocacy the many ways IAFP works on our members’ behalf, and the ways we can assist members at all career stages to use their wisdom, experiences and passion to advocate directly.

These tools will be incorporated into future spokesperson and advocacy trainings

Strongly define family medicine and showcase to members, medical students and others the values, services and best practices of the profession

1-year goal:  Mentor Connection program has been renewed and funded for 2018. Report to be available for 2019 including 2019 Match results for student participants. If this program continues into 2019, it can be a 3-year plan and we’ll have significant outcomes data (annual participant reports and match data for graduates up to 2020) IAFP to encourage volunteer leaders and especially new physicians to mentor a student.

Lead with Advocacy

Be the voice of family medicine. Advocate for healthier communities and collaborate with other health organizations to improve health equity and social determinants of health.

Mobilize volunteer leaders and members in grass-roots meetings with state and federal legislators.

Activate grass-roots meetings with state and federal legislators; led by volunteer leaders and including interested members 

Purpose of this value:

  • Raise awareness of family medicine as a specialty
  • Inform the legislators on issues relevant to family physicians
  • Establish a working relationship in-district
  • Increase IAFP’s key contacts
  • Provide background information and relevant leave-behind materials 

Advance the interests of Family Medicine with employers, health plans, and public and private payors. Promote the quadruple aim through advanced payment models that support joy in practice.

Publicize the value of Family Medicine and share widely.

Re-introduce and localize our Advocacy to our members – marketing our current advocacy to our rank-and-file members drives what we do by increasing awareness and involvement. As we work across the mission, vision and values; one of the values under Commit to Dialogue and Engagement reflects the need to re-introduce our Advocacy to our members: Supply family physicians with resources to understand health advocacy and to promote family medicine

Resources could include:

An Advocacy toolkit on our website, with a link to the AAFP Advocacy Tool kit. Once drafted, several sample templated letters would be part of the toolkit. Some possible uses: when school boards or the city council has a question on public health and social determinants of health, they think to ask Illinois AFP and their local FPs

An Advocacy Summit/Conference in conjunction with other IAFP meetings (i.e., Essential Evidence)

  • Learning to use Speak Out for state level issues
  • Explaining partnerships with organizations on common issues (ICAAP and ISMS)
  • Providing letter and resolution-writing session where volunteer leaders are mentors
  • Government Relations Committee will function as Host Committee for the Summit
  • At the IAFP Annual Meeting: Providing letter and resolution-writing session where volunteer leaders are mentors as a separate task/opportunity at the annual meeting

Quality CME

Be the source of CME opportunities for Illinois family physicians linking to excellent CME and creating CME to meet the needs of family physicians.

1-year plan:

  • Survey members to find out how they would like to receive their education.
  • Staff to research how many physicians attend CME (engagement) and CME credit claimed for IAFP activities
  • CME Committee to research how to increase CME engagement
  • Continue current CME activities
  • Make available virtual KSA 
  • Inform membership on types of CME credit , how to claim  credit, ABFM MOC and Part IV.

3-year plan:

  • Increase CME engagement (attendance and claiming credit)
  • Staff continue to monitor and report engagement.
  • Seek out new and continuing formats for CME – essential evidence, enduring, web- based, patient education
  • Develop a speaker’s bureau within the State of IL for delivering CME (repository for subject matter experts)

 Collaborate with other health organizations to make clinical and non-clinical education available.

1-year plan 

  • Develop plan to market IAFP education delivered by IAFP subject matter experts to other health organizations
  • Continue to link to and make available quality education from other health organizations to our members
  • Identify potential collaborating organizations and overlapping areas of interest and need
  • Identify 1-3 IAFP CME products or opportunities that might be of interest to 1 or more external organizations

3-year plan

  • Initiate the plan to offer IAFP education & subject matter experts to other health organizations
  • Collaborate with ABFM to make available MoC information & educational opportunities


Conserve resources to provide effective governance, efficient operations, and fiscal transparency

1-year strategies:

  • Review board travel to ensure that IAFP is fulfilling its mission, vision and values by sending board members to AAFP meetings:
  • Organizational leadership development for success in AAFP leadership Professional leadership development
  • Personal leadership development
  • Extend the development of SMART goals, so that 2018-19 committees have SMART goals, aligning committee activities with the mission and values
  • Set an expectation that those traveling at the behest of IAFP attend all relevant meeting sessions and report learnings back promptly  

3-year strategies:

  • Review budget and reserves annually to assess Academy fiscal survival
  • Develop an Innovations project fund with guidelines to allow for development of unique projects or events to implement the mission, vision and values

 Use strategic plan to prioritize among various opportunities

 Promote affordable pathways to complete post-graduate educational requirements.

 1-year strategy: Exploratory meeting with ABFM to investigate what IAFP can do to help members complete their ABFM requirements.

3-year strategy: Investigate possibility of developing ability for members to review CME courses and provide an opinion about its relative value. Possibly a closed online system.