Welcome to the Health Center Advocates of Oregon – a robust network of Oregon Health Center Advocates. The primary purpose of the Health Center Advocates of Oregon is to support and advance the Health Center Movement and address the needs of the patients and communities served by health centers. We provide access to policy and advocacy resources, training, information, tools, guidance, and general support. We offer these resources to serve two primary goals; to ensure sustained growth, and consistent action and to support health centers in securing resources in order to thrive and care for all those in need in our communities through advocacy.
Oregon’s Health Centers are special places, not just in the health care system, but in the fabric of the communities they serve. Community Health Centers, also known as Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), are non-profit, providers of high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care serving low income and medically under-served communities. Every one Oregon’s 33 Community Health Centers is a patient democracy, governed by a community board with a patient majority. Currently, health centers provide comprehensive care to over 433,000 at 270 service delivery sites across Oregon. Health centers save the health care system millions of dollars annually in reduced emergency, hospital, and specialty care costs.
Health Center Advocates of Oregon is led and organized by the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA), a nonprofit organization formed by Oregon’s Health Centers. For over 35 years, OPCA has provided education, training, advocacy, and technical support services to health centers and has worked to expand access to primary and preventive care to all people in need through the patient-centered, community-based health center model. Learn more about health centers at www.orpca.org.