About Us

The OAFP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the philanthropic arm of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to improve and increase access to quality health care for all Ohioans by generating student interest in the specialty of family medicine.

The Foundation values the specialty of family medicine and promotes its choice to medical students, family medicine residents, and to the general public.

Family medicine is a medical specialty solidly grounded in science and technology and provides evidence-based, comprehensive first contact care and continuing care for patients. Family medicine includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness. Medical students who love each rotation in medical school, love different patient scenarios each day, and who want to care for all people should consider a career in family medicine.

This video created by Benjamin Romney, a graduating medical student from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, captures many expressions of what it means to be a family physician and why family medicine was a calling for them and how it could be for you.

All of the Foundation’s efforts are made possible through the donations of family physicians, corporate members, OAFP regional chapters, and others who provide voluntary financial support for the Foundation. It also receives support from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium. The Foundation regularly communicates with OAFP members to provide information on programs and scholarship opportunities.

The Foundation is the only charitable organization in Ohio that exists to improve and increase access to quality health care by investing in the specialty of family medicine. Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to all members of a family thus contributing substantially to a healthier quality of life and valuable health care cost containment measures. Your company’s support of the Foundation is vital to creating a healthier Ohio for all citizens.