2018 Annual Conference

Innovate. Collaborate. Advocate.

2018 annual conference participants

In November, our member clinics and friends attended the 2018 IAFCC Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, Illinois. Conference attendees gained a wealth of knowledge and resources from our dedicated speakers and presenters.

  • Over 30 presenters led workshops on multiple health disciplines throughout the two-day conference.
  • Workshop topics included advocacy and policy, addressing mental health, dental disease, funding opportunities, volunteer recruitment and retention, and more!
  • Eight exhibitors were on display throughout the full-day conference to network with attendees.

This year’s theme of Innovate. Collaborate. Advocate. was prominent throughout the conference.

  • Nicole Lamoureux, CEO of NAFCC and Keynote Speaker, opened the full-day conference with an inspirational address on how the powerful work being done by free and charitable clinics is driving advocacy efforts on policies that benefit clinics and their patients.
  • A panel of clinic leaders shared successes from their unique collaborative efforts with their respective partner hospitals and schools, highlighting innovative approaches to clinic support and partnership.
  • Our many workshop speakers and exhibitors provided a wealth of valuable resources for our members and friends, strengthening networks and knowledge among attendees.

Access presentation materials from the conference here. You can access all conference photos here, via IAFCC’s Facebook album.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you to our generous sponsors and exhibitors for supporting this annual program!



Innovation Award

2018 Innovation award recipient

IAFCC awarded CommunityHealth Eye Care Program with the Innovation Award for their outstanding achievement in transforming the Eye Care Program!

Approximately 10% of CommunityHealth patients have a diabetes diagnosis and need regular eye exams. Beyond routine eye exams, CommunityHealth did not have access to the proper equipment or volunteer capacity to include in-depth exams and eye glasses. Eyeglasses can improve quality of life, independence, and work productivity, and decrease overall mortality and symptoms of depression.

Thanks to incredibly dedicated volunteers, in the last two years, the Eye Care Program has changed dramatically. Three eye care specialist volunteers led the way to overhaul the program – they donated equipment, helped fundraise to purchase equipment, and began a Chicago chapter of a national eye glasses organization that provides free services to CommunityHealth patients.

IAFCC Supporters

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chicago Community Trust
VNA Foundation