Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan


The Vision of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is to transform health care to achieve optimal health for everyone.


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.

Member Value Statement

The AAFP provides value to its members by advancing the specialty of family medicine, strengthening members’ collective voice, and providing solutions to enhance the patient care members provide.

Strategic Objectives

Support and Sustain Comprehensive Family Medicine Practices

Strategy Statements:

Advocate for models of payment reform that result in greater investment in family medicine.

Drive the widespread adoption and implementation of the five advanced primary care functions in family medicine practices:

  • Access and Continuity
  • Planned Care for Chronic Conditions and Preventive Care
  • Risk-Stratified Care Management
  • Patient and Caregiver Engagement
  • Coordination of Care Across the Medical Neighborhood

Inform, influence and apply the appropriate use of technology and data to facilitate comprehensive care, population management, and the implementation of patient-centered practice.

Reduce Administrative Complexity

Strategy Statements:

Reduce point-of-care administrative functions that detract from patient care activities, or do not add value.

Achieve alignment and harmonization of quality and performance improvement measurement among all payers.

Provide clear and ongoing communications to AAFP members regarding the impact of administrative burden on family physicians and their practices and provide timely, detailed updates on steps being taken to modify or reduce this burden.

Equip Members with Clinical Expertise to Improve Individual and Population Health

Strategy Statements:

Provide broad scope, personalized learning opportunities for members and other learners through relevant educational venues and formats.

Take a leadership role to train family physicians in addressing health disparities and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan and to strive for health equity.

Accelerate the generation and implementation of new knowledge and research in family medicine to improve population and community health.

Grow a Diverse Family Physician Workforce

Strategy Statements:

Develop communications strategy to drive awareness around the importance of family medicine.

Expand and support high-quality family medicine GME positions.

Develop a robust Family Medicine workforce that is inclusive and representative of those underrepresented in medicine.

Bolded strategy statements are priorities for 2019-2020.