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

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

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

SAN DIEGO — Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, has been re-elected vice speaker of 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 110,600 family physicians 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 University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Family Medicine. She serves as medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (formerly University of Illinois – Chicago) Mile Square Health Center. Orgain also serves as medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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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).