September 2023 CEO Update
We have much to share and celebrate in this month’s community newsletter.
I want to start by congratulating our Chief Integration Officer Dr. Sridevi Ponnala, who was appointed to the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) by Governor Gavin Newsom.
We are all incredibly proud of Dr. Ponnala and her accomplishments, not only for her recent appointment but for everything she has done for TVHC’s patients, staff, and community over the last 13+ years. We all look forward to seeing her thrive as a member of the DHBC.
Our Street Health Outreach Department is also celebrating this month, as it was awarded a three-year extension of its grant from Alameda County. The extension will allow TVHC to continue the work of Street Health Outreach as we work to expand our housing navigation services.
I am also happy to announce that we launched our Care Transformation Pilots at two clinics. As we work towards fostering healthy communities, we must remain committed to exploring innovative ways to improve our services and engage our team members. Embarking on Care Transformation is a significant first step on this journey.
Our efforts towards enduring access and quality in community healthcare go beyond our pilots. We know that we must always seek opportunities to learn and grow, including understanding new policies, innovative pilots, and best practices.
This is why I was excited to attend the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) annual Community Health Institute (CHI) a few weeks ago. Attending the NACHC conference allowed me to participate in insightful discussions with influential leaders from across the country, working to advance community health.
Among them were NACHC CEO Dr. Kyu Rhee, NACHC incoming board chair Paloma Hernandez, Dr. Luis Padilla of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and Jim Macrae of the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Every conversation was focused on advocacy and centered on driving the mission of community health centers forward.
Attending NACHC CHI reinforced my belief that collaboration and partnerships are key to making the change that is needed to serve the patients and staff of community health centers.
It is because of collaboration and partnerships that TVHC is able to report on the great work happening at TVHC.
Thank you for your continued support of TVHC. I hope you enjoy this month’s community newsletter.