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CAFP Champion of Family Medicine

The CAFP Champion of Family Medicine Award goes to the legislator or leader who has exemplified courage and empathy for patients, and demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of advocating for family medicine and primary care on behalf of patients.


Assemblymember and Emergency Medicine Physician, Joaquin Arambula, MD, 2018 Recipient


Assemblymember Arambula works at Adventist Hospital in Selma and serves as a mentor for the UCSF Fresno Doctor’s Academy, encouraging local students to enter health care professions. He has been a stalwart champion of many issues affecting family physicians and patients throughout the state and especially the Fresno area. The Assemblymember brings his medical training and unique experience to the legislative committees on which he serves, including the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. He also chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, where he was a tremendous advocate in CAFP's effort to secure and protect Song-Brown primary care residency training funding, as well as ensure that the revenue raised from the Proposition 56 tobacco tax went to its intended purpose, improving Medi-Cal provider payment.


That is why, in recognition of his courage and empathy for patients and his dedication to advocating for family medicine and primary care, Assemblymember Arambula is CAFP's 2018 Champion of Family Medicine award winner.


Past Recipients

  2017: State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León
2016: Senator Richard Pan, Senator Richard Roth, Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblymember Adam Gray 2015: Diana Dooley, Secretary of Health and Human Services Agency
2014: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla 2013: Senator Richard Pan, MD
2012: Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg 2011: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones