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    Nine Legislators Named 2013 Health Center Heroes by OPCA

    Portland, Ore., Aug. 6, 2013 – The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is honoring nine policymakers for their outstanding support of community health centers.

     OPCA will award its second annual Health Center Hero Awards to:

    • Five Portland-area legislators:
      • Oregon Senators Laurie Monnes Anderson and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
      • Oregon Representatives Mitch Greenlick, Alissa Keny-Guyer & Jennifer Williamson
    • Oregon Representatives Peter Buckley, Nancy Nathanson, Val Hoyle & Jim Thompson

     Awards presentations planned to date:

    • Sen. Steiner Hayward and Rep. Greenlick – August 7 from 10 – 11 a.m. atCentral City Concern’s Old Town Recovery Center/Old Town Clinic, 33 NW Broadway, 3rd floor, Portland
    • Sen. Monnes Anderson – August 22 at 9 a.m. at Wallace Medical Concern, 124 NE 181st Ave., Portland
    • Rep. Keny-Guyer – October 1 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic’s Rosewood Family Health Center, 8935 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland

     The remaining awards will be presented at times to be determined over the next two months.

     OPCA is recognizing Sen. Steiner Hayward for her long commitment to primary care.  She focuses on improving access to care for all Oregonians, particularly the uninsured.  Rep. Greenlick provided exceptional oversight of Oregon’s health care transformation process during the 2013 legislative session and remains a champion of the work of community health centers.

     Sen. Monnes Anderson supported key health care legislation during the 2013 session, including the OPCA-sponsored “care continuity” bill, HB 2132.  Reps. Keny-Guyer, Buckley and Thompson earned awards for strongly advocating access to culturally competent care.

     OPCA is recognizing Rep. Williamson for her focus on access to health care for all Oregonians, with an emphasis on Portland’s homeless population. Rep. Nathanson promoted accountability and transparency in health care reform, and Rep. Hoyle showed exceptional leadership in raising the profile of health care and health policy in her caucus.

    About OPCA:

    The Oregon Primary Care Association is a nonprofit membership organization of 31 community health centers operating through more than 200 sites across the state.  OPCA advocates on behalf of health centers at the state and federal levels and provides technical assistance and training to its members.  Our mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all.  For more information, see http://www.orpca.org.

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