Jeffrey Cain, associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), an organization that represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. He previously has served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Cain was elected by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP's governing body, during the organization's recent annual meeting in Denver.
As president-elect of the AAFP, Cain will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Besides his duties as AAFP president-elect, Cain serves as the chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has been in this role since 2001. He also practices the full-scope of family medicine, which includes obstetrics, at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver. Throughout his 25 years of practice and teaching, Cain has been instrumental in creating a unique environment reflecting family medicine's role in providing patient-centered care and a medical home to Colorado residents of all ages.
At the state level, Cain has been an active member of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians since 1985, where his roles have included president and chair of the board. He currently serves on the Colorado's Medical Services Board, which oversees the state's Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus program. In this role, he was influential in passing and implementing legislation defining the medical home in Colorado and improving access for the underserved.
At the national level, Cain has demonstrated his dedication to public health through his co-founding of the Tar Wars tobacco-free education program that has reached more than 8.5 million children in 50 states and 16 countries. What began as an inspiration during his family medicine residency is now one of the AAFP's most respected outreach programs.