General Information About the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and Foundation
WHAT IS THE PAFP?
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and its Foundation are dedicated to advancing quality health care through advocacy, education, workforce development, and commitment to the patients we serve. For more than 70 years and with over 6,000 physician, resident and student members, the physician-led Academy and its Foundation’s core values are visionary leadership, integrity, and community.
It is unified with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is a 501(c)(6) organization. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physician Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
THE PAFP'S MISSION
PAFP is a physician led organization committed to advancing quality healthcare for all Pennsylvanians through advocacy, education, and community for all of our members.
Defined by proactive and responsive policy and programs provided by a physician led organization.
Defined by ethical and equitable actions with an earned reputation for honesty and reliability.
Defined in an inclusive and respectful culture supported by professionals committed to service, compassion, and the public good.
PAFP STATEMENT ON RACISM, DISCRIMINATION AND HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians strongly believes in health equity for all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. We condemn systemic racism and all forms of social injustice. We consider racism a public health crisis and stand against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias in our institutions, communities, and society. The Academy encourages state agencies to adopt a CDC model Health in All Policies strategy to address social determinants of health and health disparities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
LINK: Read the PAFP Policy on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
PAFP AND FOUNDATION STRUCTURE
The PAFP is unified with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Members of the PAFP are automatically members of the AAFP, and vice versa.
Assemblies: PAFP assemblies include the Student Assembly, Resident Assembly and Assembly of Family Medicine Residency Program Directors and Family Medicine Department Chairs. Each year, elections are held to appoint leaders to best represent the individual constituencies for the coming year at both state and national level.
All committees, commissions and assemblies are staffed by at least one PAFP employee to serve the needs of that particular group.
Annual Business Meeting: The Annual Business Meeting is an all-member annual business meeting that convenes once a year, typically at the spring CME (continuing medical education) conference. All members are invited to attend.
PAFP Foundation: PAFP board members serve as the PAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. Donors to the PAFP Foundation provide invaluable feedback on programs and strategic initiatives. They are also eligible for nonvoting positions on the PAFP Education Commission and Board of Directors.