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Published: May 20, 2021

2021 Family Physician of the Year Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Lee was awarded the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021)

The California Academy of Family Physicians presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians, and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community.

This year, CAFP is proud to honor Dr. Jay Lee as our 2021 Family Physician of the Year.

Dr. Lee is chief medical officer for the “Share Our Selves Community Health Center” in Costa Mesa. His mobile unit cares for homeless and other marginalized communities around Orange County, and his food pantry assists the more than 1 in 4 who are hungry in Southern California.

This year he has been a tireless advocate for fair and equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for his community health center by meeting with local public health leaders, legislators, and health plans. And if that didn’t work, you would find him literally driving to public health departments and other sites picking up whatever vaccine he could find for the low income patients his clinic serves.

Many of you know Dr. Lee for his extensive leadership at the national, state and local levels. He is an influential voice at AAFP in his role as CAFP Alternate delegate. This year he has taken on additional responsibilities in AAFP committee service. As an AAFP Media Ambassador he has worked with media outlets in an effort to among other things, increase flu vaccination rates and highlight the dangers of E-Cigarettes.

Dr. Lee epitomizes the best of family medicine. He has been a source of inspiration for future family physicians, peers, patients, and his community and has empowered many to be champions for family medicine.

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