OPCA Annual Awards 2022: CHC Advocacy

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: Access & Sustainability

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: Health Equity & Social Justice

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: Health Equity & Social Justice -Posthumous Award

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: Innovation & Leadership in Transformation

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: Health Equity & Social Justice

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

OPCA Annual Awards 2022: CHC Value

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.

Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. A full description of the work these receipts do to improve access to healthcare and how they change their community can be found in this blog post.

National Health Center Week 2022: Wallace Hosts Medicaid Interim Director and OPCA

OPCA and Wallace staff, along with Interim Medicaid Director Dana Hittle meet at Rockwood Medical Clinic

Interim Medicaid Director, Dana Hittle, and her staff visited Wallace health center during National Health Center Week. It was an incredible opportunity for Director Hittle and her staff to see what Wallace is doing in the Rockwood community, as well as learn more from OPCA staff about the larger FQHC movement and APCM program, which Oregon Health Centers are spearheading across the state. We look forward to holding similar events in the future and are grateful to Wallace for graciously hosting this event!

Origin Stories: OPCA

By OPCA Communications The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) was founded in 1984 by a group of five or six Oregon safety net clinics and the Oregon Office of Health Policy. Many of the founding clinics had been established during the War on Poverty, some as volunteer-run clinics, others as non-profit clinics. They sought to bring a community-centered, community-driven […]

Origin Stories: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

By Jennifer Moffatt, Senior Director of Communications, and Nicole Rideout, Communications Specialist, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Cascadia was formed when Multnomah County’s quadrant of mental health service providers merged over time. The four quadrants, the North-Northeast Community Health Center, Mental Health Services West, Mt. Hood Community Mental Health Center, and Southeast Mental Health Network were all […]

Origin Stories: Lincoln Community Health Center

By Susan Trachsel, Executive Assistant & Public Information Officer, Lincoln County Health & Human Services The Lincoln Community Health Center officially launched in 2006 to provide care to children and adults in the areas of primary care, reproductive health, behavioral health, maternal child health, and (in conjunction with Public Health) immunizations. In an era that […]

Origin Stories: Siskiyou Community Health Center

By Ashley Kaplan, Communications Specialist, Siskiyou Community Health Center In 1973, Siskiyou Community Health Center began as the Takilma Peoples Clinic located in the Illinois Valley. A major health crisis resulted in volunteers from surrounding areas stepping in and helping. One volunteer, Dr. Jim Shames, came from the Multnomah County Health Department to help train […]

Origin Stories: Aviva Health

By Mark Tsuchiya, Marketing and Development Director, Aviva Health In 1992, Aviva Health—then known as the Open Door Clinic—first began providing free basic health services to underserved children and adults living in Douglas County in a small storefront located in downtown Roseburg. In those early years, the organization served about 1,000 children and adults annually. […]

Origin Stories: Multnomah County Community Health Centers

By Francisco Garcia, Management Analyst – Community Engagement Strategist, Integrated Clinical Services, Multnomah County Health Department As the home to Portland, Oregon’s largest city, Multnomah County has a long, albeit imperfect history of prioritizing public health, dating back even before the founding of Oregon in 1859. Historically, Multnomah County’s early concerns for improved access to doctors or […]

Origin Stories: Northwest Human Services

By Adrienne Schutte, Communications Specialist, Northwest Human Services “Rumors, crisis information, or just plain rapping” the poster touting the Switchboard for Help’s services is hand drawn—faded blue on a white background, yellowed with age. It is complete with a peace sign and art nouveau inspired illustrations—signs of the times in 1970 when the Switchboard for […]

Origin Stories: Community Health Centers of Lane County

By Steve Manela, Lane County Human Services Division Manager, and Jeanne Campos, Community Health Centers of Lane County Outreach Coordinator In 2002, in collaboration with the Latino Medical Access Coalition, the Lane County Human Services Commission wrote and received a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to conduct a needs assessment to open a FQHC […]

Origin Stories: Central City Concern

Provided by Laura J. Recko, Associate Director of Communications & Donor Relations, Central City Concern Central City Concern’s roots trace back to 1979, when Portland was seeking solutions to help people on the street who were incapacitated by alcohol use disorder. The agency (originally called Burnside Consortium) was charged with funding local recovery treatment providers […]

Introducing Newly Designated FQHC, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

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 mental health and addiction services, primary care, and housing—Cascadia […]