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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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

PHILADELPHIA — Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, is vice speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians. As vice speaker, Orgain will serve as an officer on the AAFP’s board of directors. The AAFP represents 105,900 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Orgain advocates 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 UIC Department of Family Medicine and has been practicing at Mile Square Health Center for since 1991. She practices medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (formerly UIC) Mile Square Health Center where she is the medical director. Orgain also serves as medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department.

A member of the AAFP 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 Congress of Delegates.

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 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 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. Additionally, Orgain has chaired the African American Health Care Council in Chicago since 2000.

In 2003, Orgain was a 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 UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks.

She has traveled extensively to examine other health systems, visiting 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 graduated from UIC undergraduate school with a bachelor of science in mathematics, from UIC College of Medicine with a doctor of medicine degree, and she received her MPH degree from the UIC School of Public Health. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the UIC 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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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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