The American Academy of Family Physicians
) was founded in 1947 to promote the science and art of family medicine
. It is one of the largest medical organizations in the United States, with more than 94,700 members. The AAFP was instrumental in establishing family medicine as a recognized medical specialty; a certifying board was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties
in 1969. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas
The mission of the AAFP is to improve the health of patients, families and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.
To fulfill its mission, the AAFP has four main strategic objectives: advocacy, practice enhancement, education and health of the public.
In its advocacy efforts, the AAFP aims to shape health care policy through interactions with government, the public, business and the health care industry.These efforts include, advancing health care for all, the Patient-Centered Medical home
model of care, and increasing the family physician workforce.
The AAFP is committed to helping its members fulfill their practice and career goals by assisting their practices in becoming designated Patient-Centered Medical Homes, promoting ongoing imperative for practice transformation through education and communication and assisting members in achieving financial success through optimal practice management.
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