Blog

 

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.

By Chris Altavilla and Dustin Vance, Prism Health Prism Health was just an idea in 2015 when its parent organization, CAP, recognized an unfulfilled need in the local LGBTQ+ community for culturally affirming primary care. CAP spent two years, researching, planning, and raising funds for the...

By Penny Moore, Director of Development and Communications, Neighborhood Health Center How and when did your CHC open? Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) opened in 2010 out of a need to provide a medical home for 1,200 high-risk patients. CareOregon originally started NHC because they had 1,200...

2019-20 OPCA ANNUAL AWARD FOR HEALTH EQUITY Share your name, position, and CHC: Katie Thornton, Regional Manager for the North and Northeast Health Center, Multnomah County Health Department What does this award mean to you? This award tells me two important things; first, we are on the...

By Bridget McGinn, Communications Manager, Mosaic Medical Quality Care For All: The Mosaic Medical Origin Story Founded under President Johnson during the War on Poverty initiative in the 1960s, Community Health Centers provide citizens across the nation with access to crucial primary care. By reducing patient barriers...

By Benjamin Brubaker, Co-Clinic Coordinator & Dee Hall, Retired Grant Writer, White Bird Clinic White Bird Clinic is a collective environment organized to enable people to gain control of their social, emotional, and physical well-being through direct service, education, and community ORIGIN: The White Bird organization and its...

By Julie Wurth, Communications Officer, La Clinica The year was 1989. “Rain Man” won the Academy Award for best film. Gas cost $1.10 a gallon. In Switzerland, a scientist developed the world’s first web browser. And in a little building next to the railroad tracks in...

By Katrina Ratzlaff, Director of Community Engagement, Wallace Over 36 years ago, a physician named James Reuler persuaded a handful of other doctors to join him in making medical visits to uninsured homeless and low-income residents of Downtown Portland. Dr. Reuler originally named this fledgling organization The...

Amber Betts, Communications Coordinator, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Birthed out of an unmet need, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic emerged in Toppenish, Wash., in the late 1970s. With the mission to provide agricultural workers and their families with the care they were currently not receiving, three respected...

By Amber Hollingsworth, Communications Program Supervisor, Department of Family Medicine With the implementation of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) in the early 1990s, health systems across the state looked to build and grow primary care access. OHSU’s Family Medicine practice on Marquam Hill was an educational...

Introducing OPCA's Data Strategy Director Share you name, title, and preferred pronouns: Simon Parker-Shames, Data Strategy Director, he/his What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I have two kids, a 7-year-old and a 9-month-old, and we speak Mandarin Chinese and English at...