Family Medicine Midwest 2020 - Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary - Saturday November 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST
 “Becoming America: Facing Truths while Uprooting Racism in Healthcare”
Presented by Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Medical Director, Longevity Health Plan of Illinois, staff physician at Vitas Healthcare Inc., and retired Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department Family Medicine.
This presentation will explore historical and personal encounters of racism in medicine while describing its’ effects on patients and communities’-racism efforts will be highlighted.
Learners will be able to:
  • Describe historical examples of racism in healthcare
  • Implement changes to continue dismantling racism in the workplace
  • Utilize resources to combat the effects of racism that adversely impact patient care outcomes

About Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP
In brief, Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a family physician in Chicago, Illinois. She is the medical director for Longevity Health Plan of Illinois, staff physician for Vitas Healthcare Inc.,  and retired associate professor of clinical family medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department Family Medicine. A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) since 1982, Orgain served as speaker of the Congress of Delegates from 2015-2017.  She is the vice president of the Illinois State Association of Parliamentarians since 2017.  At the state level, Orgain was a member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010, including terms as president and board chair.  She currently chairs the IAFP Health Equity sub-group.  A member of the National Medical Association (NMA) since 1983, Orgain served as the 100th president of NMA in 2000.  Orgain received the bachelor of science in mathematics from UIC, her medical degree from the UIC College of Medicine, and the master of public health degree from the UIC School of Public Health.  Dr. Orgain is passionate about advocacy, service to her community, and mentoring the next generation of physicians.
Closing Plenary - Saturday November 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM CST
“Providing for our own, protecting all: Latinx grassroots community organizations rapid response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic”
Presented by Patricia Téllez-Girón, MD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health & Chair of the Latino Health Council
The Latinx Community is the fastest growing population in the United States and now the largest minority population nationwide. Previous health and social disparities, together with a lack of appropriate response from the system, are resulting in very large and disproportionate harm to this population from the Covid-19 virus pandemic. This presentation aims to talk about the “inside” community response to provide services for this population.

Learners will be able to:
  • To bring awareness to the barriers faced by Latinx communities in the reception of quality and culturally sensitive services for the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
  • To describe the development and deployment of various initiatives currently addressing the most significant needs encountered with the COVID-19 virus pandemic in the Latinx Community of Dane County, Wisconsin.
  • To demonstrate how the collaborative efforts of communities’ grassroots organizations can be effective in providing needed services for minority communities.
About Patricia Téllez-Girón, MD
Raised in Mexico City, Dr. Téllez-Girón received her medical degree, with honors, at the National University of Mexico (UNAM).
Moved to the United States in 1993 to be with her family and to continue her education, and ever since has been working very actively with the Latino/a community of Madison, WI.
As many immigrants, she moved without anything and started over from cleaning houses to taking care of senior citizens while she was doing all the steps to becoming a physician in the United States. It took her almost four years to complete all the necessary requirements.
She completed the University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Residency program and soon after graduation joined the Faculty of same program and is now an associate professor. Her clinical practice is at the Wingra Clinic where more than 90% of her patients speak only Spanish.
She has been the chair of the Latino Health Council in Madison for the past 20 years and under her leadership several annual community initiatives have been started including the Latino Health Fair, Latino Chronic Disease Summit, Latino Mental Health summit and a Latino health teen bash. For the past seventeen years she has been the medical director and main presenter of a monthly health education Spanish radio program in the local Spanish radio station.
Dr. Téllez-Girón has received multiple awards. The public health award for community advocacy for her work with the Latina community and the Wisconsin Well Women program in 2000. The AIDS Network Executive Director's Award for Outstanding Community HIV/AIDS Service in 2004 and the Faculty Excellence Award for Community Service also in 2004. In 2005 received the "Wisconsin Family of the Year Award" (UMOS, Governor, Mayor). In 2007 UW Family Medicine Department Mark Hansen, MD Lectureship Award. In 2008 UW Madison Outstanding Women of Color award, in 2011 the 2011 City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. Dane County/Madison, WI. Most recently she received the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty and Staff Equity and Diversity Award and the 2016 Arnold P Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.