Local chapters are the foundation of the WAFP. They help develop Academy policy by sending delegates to the annual House of Delegates meeting, build membership, connect medical students, residents and practicing physicians, and can strengthen the voice of family medicine by reaching out to their legislators with Academy messaging. WAFP component chapters also support their communities through volunteer projects and healthcare leadership.
The AAFP designates an individual’s local chapter membership by the work address (not by residence) so it is possible that an individual could reside in a different chapter than their assigned component chapter.
Local chapter leaders are instrumental in leading chapter meetings, managing chapter resources and recruiting delegates to represent the chapter at the WAFP House of Delegates meeting each spring. Please visit your local chapter page to contact the president for information about meetings and events in your region, or to serve as a delegate or alternate delegate at the WAFP House of Delegates. If your chapter does not have a leader, please contact the WAFP office.
Local Chapter Toolkit (PDF) – created by WAFP, this toolkit provides tips and information on organizing a local chapter.