Javette Orgain, MD, Elected Vice Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

ORLANDO, Fla. — Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, has been elected vice speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. As vice speaker, Orgain will serve as an officer on the AAFP’s board of directors. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide.

Orgain served as assistant dean of the Urban Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine from 2006 to 2011. As an AAFP board member, she will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Orgain joined the department of Family Medicine at the UIC College of Medicine in 1991. She practices medicine at UIC Mile Square Health Center where she was recently appointed interim medical director. Orgain also serves as medical director and consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department.

A member of the AAFP since 1983, Orgain has served on the Commission on Governmental Advocacy since 2007. She has also served as Illinois’ delegate or alternate delegate to the Congress of Delegates since 2008.

At the state level, Orgain has served on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians board of directors since 2005, including terms as president and board chair. She also has served on the IAFP’s Government Relations Committee and chaired the Urban Health Committee. In 2003, Orgain received the IAFP 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.

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 is currently vice-chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council and also serves as chair of the NMA House of Delegates Council on International Affairs. Additionally, Orgain has chaired the African-American Health Care Council in Chicago since 2000.

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.”

She has traveled extensively to examine other health systems, visiting China, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, Laos and Myanmar. Along with two colleagues, she wrote and received funding from Rotary International for an ongoing HIV community health education and nutritional supplementation project in Mthatha, South Africa. In 1993, Orgain helped to establish the Water for Children Africa Project through the NMA to assist poor, rural African communities to obtain clean water in order to help prevent the waterborne illnesses and diseases which sicken and kill millions of children each year.

Orgain earned her undergraduate, masters and medical degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her family medicine residency at the St. Joseph Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Chicago.

She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.  To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).