Strategic Plan

On June 19, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society adopted the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

Executive Summary

For more than a century, the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society has remained committed to its founding purpose of working to enable the good health of children. Although the ways OPRF IWS has accomplished this goal have varied over the decades, the organization’s focus has never wavered. Today it remains constant in its purpose and resolute in its aim, as outlined in this strategic plan.

The document is the work of the Strategic Planning Committee – a dedicated group of volunteers bringing a diverse range of professional experience and association with OPRF IWS, assisted by an experienced planner with extensive knowledge of community-based health care. Over the course of its six-month work, the committee assessed the organization’s strengths and weaknesses, the challenging conditions of the current and foreseeable health care environment, and the existing and emerging needs of the population served. The result is a plan that offers a number of new directions as well as a reaffirmation of the continuing need for the role of OPRF IWS in the communities it serves, and particularly to provide holistic health care for those in need in the communities it serves.

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Achieving the goals of this plan calls for a transformation in the ways OPRF IWS works, develops and uses resources, engages stakeholders, and continually assesses its performance and its future. The organization’s unremitting commitment to the good health of children to enable them to become healthy and productive adults will inspire its every action and decision.


"I have been very committed to the well-being of children through a teaching career. IWS is another significant way that I can volunteer my time and expertise so that so many other children have the opportunity to lead a healthy life."

Debbie Blanco
IWS President

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