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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.

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...

By Lori Kelley, Senior Director of Quality, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic More than a month after the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control sounded the alarm about a global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Community Health Centers like Yakima Valley Farm Workers...

By Bridget McGinn, Mosaic Medical Communications Manager As COVID-19 became a recognizable problem on the horizon, key leadership team members at Mosaic Medical took quick action to supplement the organization’s supply of Personal Protective Equipment. As a result, the organization has an adequate supply of surgical...