Delegate to AAFP Congress of Delegates, MAFP Board of Directors

MAFP's Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD) serve two-year terms that begins at the MAFP Annual Meeting of the membership where they are elected. At the conclusion of an alternate delegate's term, he/she moves up to serve as a full delegate.

COD is the Academy's policy-making body. Its membership consists of two delegates and two alternate delegates from each constituent chapter as well as from the member constituencies including new physicians, residents, students, and other constituency groups represented at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders. The Senior Delegate shall assign delegates, alternate delegates, and other MAFP representatives to attend all COD reference committee hearings.

MAFP Delegates and Alternate Delegates:

  • Are ex officio members of the board with full voting privileges
  • Attend all meetings of the board in order to be fully apprised of current MAFP programs, policies, activities, and positions confronting Michigan family physicians and MAFP
  • Represents the consensus positions of MAFP, using sound judgment in representing MAFP when giving testimony or voting (iIndividual opinions being expressed must state that the comments being expressed are personal and not necessarily representative of
  • Gives a summary report of the proceedings of the AAFP Congress of Delegates at the next meeting of the MAFP Board (staff may prepare and/or assist in the preparation of this report)
  • Attends the MAFP Annual Meeting.
  • Attends all sessions of COD as well as all related activities, including but not limited to the Town Hall, Meet the Candidate Session, Delegate Dinner, and any arranged chapter dinners

AAFP Delegate, 2021-2022 MAFP Board of Directors


Dr. Robert Jackson practices at Western Wayne Physicians in Allen Park, a private group family medicine practice he co-founded in 1996. He is affiliated with Beaumont Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, where he has been actively involved throughout the years on numerous committees. He also served as chair of the department of family medicine at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in 2003-2008.

A 1982 graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Jackson went on to complete family medicine residency at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center (now Beaumont Health-Wayne), and then received his Master of Medical Management at the H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania. He has been in practice since 1985 and earned the AAFP Degree of Fellow in 2018.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Physician Executives, as well as American Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

At MAFP, he held the position of board president in 2016-2017. He is currently on the Family Medicine Political Action Committee Board of Directors, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors as secretary/treasurer (he was chair in 2019-2020), and serves on the Practice Management and Resolution Review committees.

“I want to be part of an organization that advocates for me and my specialty. I am proud that MAFP has been our advocate. I believe I can contribute something valuable, and I believe time can be made for things of value. MAFP is worth the time as it helps family physicians serve our communities.”

With 36 years of experience in successful practice expansion, technology adaptation, and quality improvement, Dr. Jackson led the formation of several independent primary care physician associations, one being Accountable Healthcare Advantage—a benchmark performing physician organization in southeast Michigan. He currently serves as medical director at Medical Advantage Group, where he has provided essential clinical insights and mentorship to physician leaders.