Each year OPCA takes pride in honoring the individuals and organizations of the community health center community who do outstanding work to provide quality health and health care services for people experiencing poverty and marginalization in Oregon.
This year, OPCA received more nominations than in any previous year, making it a very competitive process to select the winners. Winners were selected by the OPCA Board’s Bylaws & Nominating Committee.
Congratulations to the following individuals who took home a 2017-18 OPCA Award of Excellence, which were presented at OPCA’s Annual Meeting on April 27, 2018, in Portland.
Lacey Beaty, Virginia Garcia
Lacey Beaty, program director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center School-Based Health Center, was nominated for her work getting policy changed to allow four school-based health centers to provide access to reproductive and birth control services, had previously been restricted by three school districts. She worked with school board members, school district administrators, community members, patient families, students, and Virginia Garcia executives to successfully change this policy.