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.

Introducing OPCA's Health Equity and Quality Improvement AmeriCorps VISTA member Share your name, title, and preferred prnouns: Maya Roe-Bauer, Health Equity and Quality Improvement AmeriCorps VISTA member, she/her/hers What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I just graduated with a BA in...

By Laura J. Recko, Associate Director of Communications & Donor Relations, Central City Concern How Central City Concern locations, staff, and operations have been impacted by wildfires: ​Similar to our COVID response, Central City Concern stood up an Incident Command Team which met daily to address...

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!...

By Erin Zelinka, Communications Manager, Rogue Community Health Rogue Community Health (RCH) began in 1972 as the Ashland Women’s Health Center, an all-volunteer organization focused on self-care exams, pregnancy and communicable disease testing. By 1977, the community requested services for a broader population, and the Ashland...

By Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center  In 1975, beautiful six-year-old Virginia Garcia and her farmworker parents traveled from their home in Mission, Texas, to California and Oregon to work in the fields. Along the way Virginia cut her foot, and by the time they reached Oregon,...

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...