28 Aug Spotlight on Staff: Q&A With Courtney Kenney
Introducing OPCA’s Health Equity Manager
Share your name, title, and preferred pronouns: Courtney Kenney, Health Equity Manager, she/her
What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I recently moved to Oregon from Boston and I am just beginning to explore this beautiful state! My favorite part of Oregon so far has been the mountains and the thing I miss most from back east is probably lobster. ?
What are 2-3 things we should know about your role at OPCA? For the last several years, I worked at a community health center in Boston to develop harm reduction programming within and around a Health Care for the Homeless program, particularly overdose response, MAT accessibility, and resources for people engaging in survival sex work. At OPCA, I hope to help expand the dialogue around stigma and health equity, especially the structural changes necessary to make quality care accessible to all.
What OPCA Value do you identify with most and why? OPCA values are social justice, integrity, collaboration, innovation, data driven. The OPCA values I identify most with are social justice and integrity. I am inspired by grassroots social change and I believe that centering community voices is the most authentic way forward.
What excites you about the work you do at OPCA? There is so much about OPCA work that excites me! I am really looking forward to working with our member community health centers and the innovation they are leading in Oregon. What immediately strikes me about OPCA is the masterful balance of urgent population needs with the bigger picture.