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Mission Statement: Enhance the healthcare environment in Illinois by assuring the people of Illinois have access to the high quality, comprehensive, and affordable care provided by family physicians.

Vision Statement:
Encourage philanthropic endeavors that will support the growth of family medicine in Illinois.
Empower stronger patient/physician partnerships in the state.
Support educational and research initiatives that further the development of family medicine.


In 1987, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) created the IAFP Foundation, which was later renamed the Family Health Foundation of Illinois. The Foundation shares resources and information with the AAFP Foundation's network of 39 affiliated chapter Foundations. The IAFP and its Foundation are two distinct organizations which enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. The two are closely aligned in their missions and work together to achieve their common goal of improving healthcare for the people of Illinois.The Foundation exists to address the philanthropic needs of family physicians in Illinois while providing programs and support to family medicine residents and to medical students with the goal of attracting more Illinois medical students to train and practice in Illinois.  

A vital element of the Foundation's mission is to encourage philanthropy by family physicians, the corporate community and the general public.  The IAFP Foundation has supported Illinois communities impacted by tornadoes (Harrisburg and Washington). 

The Foundation supports Tar Wars, Family Medicine Midwest and IAFP student and resident member activities throughout the year. 

Board of Directors

Executive Director:  Jennifer L. O'Leary

Kristin Drynan, M.D., Chair
James Valek, M.D., Treasurer
Donald R. Lurye, M.D., Director
Santina Wheat, M.D., Director
James P Valek, M.D., Director