Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, is vice speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. As vice speaker, Orgain serves as an officer on the AAFP Board of Directors.
The AAFP represents 115,900 family physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Orgain will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Orgain is an associate professor of clinical family medicine in the University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Family Medicine. She served as medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (formerly University of Illinois – Chicago) Mile Square Health Center through 2013. Orgain currently serves as medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department. She was the assistant dean of the University of Illinois – Chicago College of Medicine Urban Health Program from 2006 to 2011.
An AAFP member since 1983, Orgain served on the Commission on Governmental Advocacy from 2007 to 2011. She has also served as an Illinois delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. As a member of the Illinois and National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), she was an Illinois delegate to the biennial convention of NAP in 2013.
At the state level, Orgain served on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010, including terms as president and board chair. She also has served on the Illinois AFP’s Government Relations Committee and chaired the Urban Health Committee. In 2003, Orgain received the Illinois AFP President’s Award for her work on the Campaign for a Healthy, Smoke-Free Chicago, which called for smoke-free laws and a cigarette tax increase in Cook County. She has served as chair of the Illinois State Board of Health since 2003, and is a governor-appointed member of the State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Coordination Council. Orgain is also a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Public Health Institute.
In 2000, Orgain served as the 100th president of the National Medical Association, the oldest and largest organization representing African-American physicians and health professionals in the United States. Prior to her presidency, she served two terms as vice president. She was vice-chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council from 2007 to 2012, has served as chair of the NMA House of Delegates Council on International Affairs and also was a NMA Delegate to the United Nations.
In 2003, Orgain was an honoree of the National Library Association/National Library of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association as a “Local Legend.” In 2009, she was honored as a HistoryMaker by the University of Illinois – Chicago Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks. In 2011, she was honored as a distinguished alumni by the National Medical Fellowship.
She has traveled extensively to examine other health systems, including visits to: China; South America; east, west and southern Africa; the Caribbean; Laos; and Myanmar. Along with two colleagues in 2009, she wrote and received funding from Rotary International for an HIV community health education and nutritional supplementation project in Mthatha, South Africa.
Orgain received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Illinois – Chicago, and her medical degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago College of Medicine. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago School of Public Health. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Illinois – Chicago Cancer Educational and Career Development Program.
She has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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Javette Orgain, M.D., MPH, FAAFP