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2019 Annual Awards

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Every year during the Annual Membership Meeting at the Spring Summit, NWRPCA honors individuals in the community health center world with three different awards: the Summit Award, the Helping Us Helping You Award, and the Legacy Award.




The Summit Award honors someone within NWRPCA membership who has reached a singular level of achievement in a particular area of expertise or service, focusing in 2019 on addressing chronic iIllness: diabetes and hypertension. This year's Summit Award was given  to the team at Kodiak Community Health Center: Dr. Curtis Mortenson, Medical Director; Dr. David Silbergeld, Family Medicine Provider; and Belinda Chambers, Registered Dietician and Diabetes Case Manager. Dr. Mortenson, originally from the Kodiak community himself, has been a mover and a shaker in making a difference in the patient population at Kodiak CHC. He’s truly embodying a patient-centered approach by helping to lead his organization around integration and team-based care. This, in turn, allows for effective diabetes & hypertension interventions. His team of Dr. Silbergeld and Belinda Chambers work together to dive deep into patients with diabetes and hypertension by analyzing and tracking clinical measures, performing routine foot and retinal exams, and engaging in case management and nutritional counseling for a holistic intervention that identifies and addresses barriers, empowering their patients to take control of their diabetes & hypertension. Thank you so much, Dr. Mortenson, Dr. Silbergeld, and Belinda, for your dedication to improving diabetes & hypertension outcomes in your community! 










The Helping Us Help You Award honors an individual or an organization who has helped NWRPCA better serve its member health centers. This year's Helping Us Helping You Award was given to Elizabeth Oseguera, the Associate Director of Policy at the California Primary Care Association (CPCA). Her issue areas include mental health, workforce, specifically as it relates to community health workers, and immigration. As the lead on immigration work for CPCA, she has collaborated with immigrant partners to create resources that help health centers prepare staff and patients for a possible encounter with immigration officials. Liz is also a co-chair of the National Health Center Immigration Workgroup and the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign. For the past few years Liz has been consistently involved in the planning of the NWRPCA Western Forum. Over the past 18 months, in particular, she has been a key resource for us on issues related to immigration and public charge. She presented on these topics at each of our conferences in 2018 and also wrote a great article on the subject for our May 2018 newsletter. She helped with the planning for our immigration and public charge training in February, including securing sponsorship funding from her organization, CPCA. She also presented at the Western Forum again this year and presented in 3 sessions at the Spring Summit, including on the topic of 340B (in addition to immigration/public charge). Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for your dedication to the community health center movement. 









The Legacy Award honors an individual who has dedicated their career to solving the problems of health, poverty, and human rights and who has contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Northwest region. This year’s Legacy Award was given to Mike Maples, retiring CEO of Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW). Mike is a Family Medicine Physician raised on a family farm in Winthrop, WA who has served as CEO at CHCW in Yakima, WA since 1992. He started a residency program at CHCW the year after he came on and has since grown their student and resident training model into a nationally-recognized Teaching Health Center. Mike’s honors and accomplishments are numerous. He’s served on the Washington Association for Community Health’s board since 2007 and as their chair in 2016-17, he chaired the National Association of Community Health Center's Clinical Committee from 2010-12, and this year he’s completing a three-year term on the NWRPCA Board. Mike is also one of the founding board members of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, an osteopathic medical school in Yakima, WA, and recently also served as their Board chair. Most importantly, Mike has been a remarkably generous and patient mentor to health center and primary care administrators across the country on the issue of growing clinician training programs in CHCs. For this and his dedicated service at Community Health of Central WA, we’re delighted to honor him with NWRPCA’s 2019 Legacy Award. 




From left to right: Mike Maples, Elizibeth Oseguera, and Curtis Mortenson




For past award recipients and more information on NWRPCA's Annual Awards, please visit: https://www.nwrpca.org/page/annual_awards

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