IAFP Committees & Task Forces

Questions about committees? Contact Sara Ortega

Committees - Generally meet once every two-three months via teleconference and will use email to update and communicate. Committee meetings typically last 1-2 hours and action items from your committee are considered by the Board of Directors.

Task Forces - Generally meet via e-mail or teleconference as needed to accomplish tasks. There are no planned face-to-face meetings of task force members.

Interest Groups - Generally meet as they wish via e-mail and teleconference with suggestions to the All Member Assembly at the Annual Meeting. Suggestions may be referred directly to the Board if time constraints require.


Continuing Medical Education Committee

Shape the education menu for IAFP. Develop, present, research and promote education opportunities that are timely, relevant, and of the highest quality. The CME Committee is actively involved in the creation and development of all CME programs and is responsible for receiving and reviewing proposed CME for live IAFP accredited events.

Some expected responsibilities:

  • Recruit or serve as faculty as needed for webinars, enduring materials, live meetings, and program development. 
  • Review presentations for commercial bias and oversee accreditation for organization.
  • Assist in the development of a KSA, and either present a KSA or help update outdated presentations. 
  • Serve as onsite moderators for live meetings 

Meetings: Via evening teleconference approximately every six weeks, 1 in person meeting at Annual Meeting.

Government Relations Committee

Inform and guide the Academy's advocacy efforts. The GR Committee evaluates current issues pending at the state and federal level and determines their relationship and relevancy to IAFP/AAFP policy.

Some expected responsibilities:

  • Participate in grass roots lobbying on physician and patient-centered legislation;
  • Use their knowledge to educate local colleagues and lawmakers on key issues;
  • Recommend support, opposition, or changes to state legislation and regulations brought to them for consideration;
  • Foster conducive discussions that may lead to improved policies at the state and federal level that benefit family medicine and patient care.
  • Assist and participate in the biennial Spring Into Action (mini lobby days) at which IAFP members meet to discuss issues of importance with elected officials and policymakers in Springfield.

Meetings: Via evening teleconference approximately every eight-to-ten weeks, one in-person meeting at the Annual Meeting.


Membership/Member Services Committee
Oversees membership recruitment and retention efforts and includes the following priorities:

  • Evaluates and meets the needs of early career physicians professional development.
  • Assists in successful transition to life after residency and meaningful family medicine careers.
  • Reviews member's request for dues waivers and other membership issues.
  • Promotes recruitment, outreach, and membership development across the career spectrum.
  • Evaluates proposals for IAFP member benefits partnerships.

This committee should reflect the state's demographic and geographic regions, and also include members in employed and ownership practices.

Meetings:  Quarterly by conference call or webinar, with a face-to-face meeting at the IAFP Annual Meeting

Family Medicine Educators Committee

Serve a conduit for educator issues on faculty development, student interest, and resident activity. Oversee the Academy's role in the Family Medicine Midwest Conference and lead promotion of Family Medicine Midwest and IAFP opportunities to the Illinois medical education community. Employed faculty and community based preceptors are encouraged to join.

Some expected responsibilities:
  • Implement the Academy's resident research project webinar by recruiting resident presenters and serving as a volunteer reviewer (typically in May)
  • Promote Family Medicine Midwest and encourage colleagues to submit abstracts and attend the conference
  • Promote residency program participation in the AAFP National Conference of Students and Residents
  • Encourage student and resident participation in IAFP events and leadership opportunities with IAFP and AAFP. 

Meetings:  Committee meets by conference call typically quarterly, and then face-to-face at the Annual Meeting.


Public Health Committee
Take your passion for public health beyond your practice! Oversee and advocate for the family medicine viewpoint in the public health arena. Suggest comments on public health issues, propose CME topics on public health. Can be asked to serve on state, regional, and local public health entities, task forces, and committees and advocacy efforts.

Public Relations Task Force
Love to brag about family medicine and all you do? This committee evaluates nominees for IAFP awards, including the Family Physician of the Year Award and Family Medicine Teachers of the Year Awards. The committee also serves as first respondents to media request on patient education and health topics.  The awards review process is done in July with an August teleconference to make decisions to forward to the IAFP board of directors. 

Interest Groups
Women in Leadership Interest Group (Open to any women members)
Support family physician women leaders in Illinois through mentoring and discussion groups, both in face-to-face meetings and virtually. 

Direct Primary Care Interest Group - Are you in a Direct Primary Care (DPC) model? Deborah Chisholm, MD, of LeRoy, IL, has started a DPC practice and would like to connect with other Illinois AFP members who have a DPC practice or are interested in finding out more about DPC.  The IAFP board of directors approved the formation of this group at their board meeting May 7, 2016.  Learn more about her Dr. Chisolm’s practice.

AAFP has online resources for Direct Primary Care