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THIS BLOG OFFERS UPDATES ON OPCA’S POLICY AND ADVOCACY ACTIVITY, THE LATEST ON FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION, POSTS ABOUT FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORY CHANGES, AND ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES. LEARN ABOUT BEST PRACTICES IN ENGAGING YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND THE PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH CENTERS. THE BLOG IS EDITED BY OPCA STAFF AND WRITTEN PRIMARILY BY OPCA’S EXPERTS ON PUBLIC POLICY.

Introducing OPCA's Administrative Coordinator Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Torie Baldwin, Administrative Coordinator, she/her What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I love to dance. Pre-pandemic I would go out to Argentine tango a couple times a month and now I'm starting...

By Nicole Rideout, Communications Specialist, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare For more than 40 years, Cascadia has been the community health and housing safety net provider for Oregonians of all ages experiencing mental health and addiction challenges, trauma, poverty, and homelessness. Through the delivery of whole health care—integrated...

Introducing OPCA's Sustainability Manager Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Sonya Howk; Sustainability Manager; she/her/hers What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I am the parent of a hard-of-hearing child so have learned a lot about how the ear works and how the...

Introducing OPCA's CHC Transformation Director Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Dr. Brooke Linn, PhD; CHC Transformation Director; she/her/hers What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I grew up in the beautiful state of Montana. I've been in Portland for nearly 20 years...

Introducing OPCA's Operations Senior Manager Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Ryan Montgomery, Operations Senior Manager, he/him/his What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I am an Oregon native and grew up in Sandy. I love games of all types because games are...

Introducing OPCA's Office Administrator Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Brecklynn Williams, Office Administrator, she/her/hers What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I am a transplant who moved to Portland in 2016 from Missouri with my two dogs. Since moving here 4 ½...

Introducing OPCA's Data Specialist Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Sarah Heppler, Data Specialist, she/her/hers What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I’m still deciding on whether or not to call myself an Oregonian. I grew up in a large suburb of Sacramento,...

Introducing OPCA's Financial Sustainability Manager Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Rob Schlegel, Financial Sustainability Manager, he/him/his What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I’m a lifelong Oregonian. I grew up in Corvallis and have lived in the Portland area since college. My...