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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.

2019-20 OPCA Annual Award for INNOVATION & LEADERSHIP IN TRANSFORMATION  Share your name, position, and CHC: My name is Matt Hogge, and my full title is devoted father, loving husband, doctor of nursing practice and the medical director of the La Clinica Wellness Center. [caption id="attachment_1309" align="alignright"...

Since the beginning of the Health Center movement in the 1960s, we have responded to public health as well as social and environmental issues affecting the health of vulnerable communities. Drs. Geiger and Gibson not only provided medical care, but addressed key issues of poverty...

I have been honored to serve as the OPCA president. I moved into the role a bit ahead of schedule in August of 2017 with the resignation of my much more able predecessor, John Duke.  (John stepped off the board when he changed jobs to...

By Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Institutional Giving Officer Prism Health is a newly designated Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike in southeast Portland that offers safe, welcoming, and knowledgeable primary and mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. LGBTQ+ people experience many health problems at a disproportionately high...

Below are stories in the words of three Virginia Garcia providers Carol, RN, Clinical Programs Manager, Cornelius Wellness Center I am always proud of the customer service we provide our patients and that is still true in these tough COVID-19 times. As we were “scrubbing” a patient’s chart...

National data released in early April indicates African Americans in Louisiana, Chicago, and Michigan are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That same week, the message from our national health leadership, and news stories that followed, was that this impact appeared to be attributable to preexisting conditions—high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes—and inadequate access to health care. U.S. Sen. Bill...