Jeffrey Alvarez Joins Board as AAFP Liaison
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care welcomes the American Academy of Family Physicians as its newest supporting organization, and Jeffrey J. Alvarez, MD, CCHP, as the AAFP’s liaison on the NCCHC board of directors.
Founded in 1947, the AAFP is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing 120,900 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. In serving its members, its key strategic objectives are advocacy, practice enhancement, education and health of the public.
Dr. Alvarez has been the medical director for Maricopa County (AZ) Correctional Health Services since 2010. Previously, he worked at a community health center. Dr. Alvarez is a physician surveyor for NCCHC’s accreditation program, a physician surveyor trainer and a member of the surveyor advisory committee. He also served on the task forces that prepared the 2014 Standards for Health Services for jails and prisons and the 2016 Standards for Opioid Treatment Services. His appointment took effect April 10 during the NCCHC board meeting.
“I am honored to represent the American Academy of Family Physicians on the NCCHC board,” said Dr. Alvarez. “I feel the purpose of NCCHC corresponds perfectly with the mission and strategic objectives of the AAFP. Our mission is to improve the health of patients, families and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity, while our primary objective is to advance health care for all. My hope is to successfully represent the many family physicians who work every day to improve the health of our diverse correctional population.”
AAFP joins 36 other supporting organizations from the fields of health, law and corrections, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychological Association, the American Public Health Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association.