Residents of southern Oregon can look forward to better health, thanks to the work of two health care executives - Brenda Johnson in Jackson County, and Linda Maxon, executive director of Bandon Community Health Center.
The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) has recognized Brenda Johnson, CEO of La Clinica community health centers and chair of Jackson Care Connect, with one of its annual Health Center Leadership awards. Twelve awards were given statewide.
OPCA’s awards honor Oregonians who contribute to the success of the state’s network of community health centers. Health centers provide comprehensive, culturally competent primary care to more than 358,000 Oregonians in medically underserved communities.
Johnson won a “Leadership in Transformation” award in recognition of her work as chair of the Jackson Care Connect Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). She has been at the forefront of health care transformation efforts in Jackson County and has strengthened cooperation and reduced competition among community organizations, health care providers and CCOs.
“As the Board chair of Jackson Care Connect, Brenda is facilitating stronger relationships across hospitals, clinics, mental health and addictions services,” says Jennifer Lind, regional executive for Jackson Care Connect. “These important components of our health care system in Jackson County have not traditionally found it easy to coordinate their various levels of care. Thanks to Brenda’s leadership, we are entering a new model of health care built on shared understanding and centered on the patient."