Strategic Plan

On October 16, 2013, the Board of Directors of The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society adopted a Strategic Plan for 2013-2017. The Plan, which was developed with input from IWS membership, Children’s Clinic staff and community leaders, reaffirms the commitment of the IWS to provide the highest quality medical, dental and social services to children within the communities we serve. As Strategic Planning Committee Chair Mary Anderson remarked, “Our 97-year mission remains the same. The new Plan updates that mission and provides a detailed roadmap for the next five years.”

The Strategic Plan Begins by Restating the Values of the Infant Welfare Society:

We are Committed to the Children We Serve
We are one organization holistically embracing the health care needs of children who use our services.

We are Committed to our Members, Volunteers and Staff
We welcome the diverse perspectives and talents of all members, volunteers and staff who share our values and want to work toward the physical and social well-being of children.

We are Committed to Provide Quality Healthcare
We work to provide the highest quality service and to advance children’s health from prevention to treatment through the Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic.

We are Committed to Lead our Communities
We are a leader among health care institutions in our area, a distinction we have held since 1916. Our board, members, staff, donors, and community partners are united in pursuing quality service to support the well-being of children.

We are Committed to Strengthening our Organization
We are a fiscally sound, efficient and effective organization dedicated to supporting the health care needs of children within the communities we serve.

The Strategic Plan Identified Six Overall Goals for IWS to Pursue Over the Next Four Years:

Build Membership
Clarify and Strengthen Brand Awareness
Enhance Community Awareness
Sustain Fiscal Strength
Program Development and Delivery
Enhance IWS Operations



“I get an overwhelming sense of pride every time I walk into the clinic”.

Jennifer GoodSmith
IWS Member & Past President

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