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NCCHCA Annual Awards

The North Carolina Community Health Center Association Awards Program was initiated in 2002, and over the years has paid tribute to many outstanding leaders from North Carolina’s community health centers and partners.

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The recipient of the following award is announced during the annual East Coast Migrant Stream Forum.

Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award

In 2003, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, NCCHCA chose to recognize its migrant health legacy through the creation of the annual Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award. Steve Shore was the second Executive Director of NCCHCA, serving in the position for eleven years from 1987 to 1998. It was under his leadership that NCCHCA initiated several important migrant health activities, including the first East Coast Migrant Stream Forum.

As a tribute to Steve Shore and his commitment to improving the health and well-being of farmworkers, NCCHCA honors the legacies of others who share this same vision through the Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award. Each year, through a nomination and selection process, NCCHCA identifies an individual or one organization involved in farmworker health, whose work has incited positive change in the health and wellness of farmworkers and demonstrates

  • First, Awareness - Works to identify and raise awareness in the community about the health and lives of farmworkers and their families.
  • Second Advocacy - Promotes and advocates for policy and practices that improve the health and access to health care for farmworkers and their families.
  • Leadership: Leads and influences issues affecting the health of farmworkers and their families and inspires excellence in others.
  • Last, Partnership: Partners with other advocates and agencies in the community on initiatives that aim to enhance the health and lives of farmworkers and their families.

This year, the Steve Shore Community Catalyst award goes to Karin Hoffman, Director of Migrant and Hispanic Outreach of Rural Medical Services in Parrottsville, Tennessee.

Karin directs an outreach program which has existed in Eastern TN for over 25 years and each summer serves migratory tomato workers from Florida and Georgia as well as serves the substantial population of seasonal families working in tobacco and tomatoes. She joined the program nine years ago after being a Peace Corps volunteer.

Karin has been especially effective in creating partnerships both within her organization and with outside partners which promote innovation within her program. She oversees a promotor program which promotes women’s and prenatal health. She partners strongly with Migrant Head Start and the Department of Social Services on screenings for migrant children as well as coordination of Medicaid enrollment. She regularly hosts student interns from East Tennessee State University and partners with researchers there on reducing pesticide exposure, musculoskeletal stress, and heat stress for tomato workers in the fields. Other collaborations include churches, the local Substance Abuse Coalition, and the National Center for Farmworker Health Call for Health program which she uses to fund emergency dental care and surgery.

As Karin’s co-workers say about her, “Karin has strong and natural leadership qualities. She is the kind of person who always advocates for the patient.”

Recipients of the Following Awards are Announced During the
Annual North Carolina Primary Care Conference


Robert J. Greczyn, Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award 2017

NCCHCA is excited to continue our partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina celebrating the Robert J. Greczyn, Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award. Now in the 9th year of a 10 year commitment, this award honors a community health center professional who excels in service to his or her fellow North Carolinians.

The Robert J. Greczyn Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award honors a health center professional excelling in service to his or her fellow North Carolinians. The recipient will be presented with a commissioned vase handcrafted by renowned North Carolina potter Ben Owen III along with a $25,000 unrestricted grant that will go toward advancing the work of their community health center.

2017 Recipient - PAMELA TRIPP
CommWell Health

Since Ms. Tripp became CEO, CommWell has added three primary medical, dental, behavioral health, HIV/AIDS access points in Johnston County, a behavioral health crisis walk-in center in Sampson County, two primary medical, dental and behavioral health practices in Brunswick County, and a transitional living facility in Wayne County. “Ms. Tripp has been instrumental in securing safety net support and developing a comprehensive, coordinated system of high quality integrated primary care for residents of southeastern North Carolina communities,” writes staff of CommWell.

Under her leadership in 2014, CommWell Health developed the Kids in School Health Care Initiative and Partnership (KINSHIP) offering dental care to public school students in grades K-12. In three months, the program performed 1,115 dental procedures and was later awarded an operations and capital grant to acquire the organization’s first mobile dental bus to serve Sampson County’s 18 schools as well as adjoining county school systems.

2017 Recipient - PHIL HAREWOOD
Lincoln Community Health

Mr. Harewood has spent the last twenty-four years as a member of the senior leadership team at Lincoln Community Health Center where he served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. 

He has been an important partner in the health care safety net for Durham and has maintained a great relationship with the Durham Health Department for multiple service lines and with Duke Health for great primary care and ER diversion programs. This innovative partnership is often referred to across the state as a model of cooperation by health care providers focused on the health of their community. 

View Past Greczyn Award Recipients >>


2016 — Reuben Blackwell, OIC Family Medical Center
2015 — Greg Bounds, Phd, CEO, Goshen Medical Center
2014 — Brian O. Harris, MHA, CEO, Rural Health Group
2013 — Kim Schwartz, Executive Director, Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center
2012 — Doug Smith, CEO, Greene County Health Care, Inc.
2011 — Robert E. Spencer, Executive Director, Gaston Family Health Services, Inc.
2010 — Brian Toomey, CEO, Piedmont Health Services


Health Center Advocate Award 2017

Begun in 2014, the NCCHCA Health Center Advocate Award is given to an individual who consistently and passionately engages health center staff, health center board members, community groups and others in grassroots advocacy and education to promote and protect the Health Center Program in NC. Candi

dates for the Health Center Advocate of the Year Award can be health center staff or board members who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and civic engagement.


2017 Recipient - Gloria Brown, Piedmont Health Services

Ms. Brown was an invited presenter for an Advocacy Session at the National Association of Community Health Centers National P&I Conference in 2011, and completed the Master of Advocacy Training program there in 2012.

Bearing particular highlight, Ms. Brown has doggedly led PHS’ initiative to attain NACHC Advocacy Center for Excellence (ACE) recognition, and on May 3, 2016 PHS was the first health center in the nation to attain Gold Level Status in the ACE program. All who know Gloria (including most of PHS’ elected officials) know how persuasively she can rally groups to a good cause, and over the last year she could frequently be heard chanting “Fire It Up!” to increase staff participation in advocacy work. Ms. Brown continues to be a strong advocate for population outreach in the community.


View Past Advocate Award Recipients >>


2016 - Janel Lewis, Stedman-Wade
2015 - Althea Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, MedNorth Community Health Center
2014 – Elaine Peebles Brown, Chair, Board of Trustees, Wake Health Services


Association Service Award

This award is given to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association. Enhancement may come in the areas of program development, improving financial status, improving relations with organizations, or in assistance to Association members.

2017 Recipient - Enroll American, Sorien Schmidt
Enoll America-North Carolina (EANC) began in June of 2013 when the State Director Sorien Schmidt began planning for the then-unknown marketplace in her den. Enroll America’s plan was four pronged: 1) engage and train volunteers; 2) collaborate with assisters and other community partners; 3) reach out directly to consumers in person and by phone; and 4) broadly inform the public through earned media.

In the four years since, EANC grew to 14 staff engaging 2,300 volunteers and, together with community partners and assisters, they talked to over 220,000 uninsured North Carolinians.

View Past Service Award Recipients >>


Outstanding Provider Award

The Outstanding Provider Award recognizes a Provider who has worked in a North Carolina Community Health Center for at least five years, for commitment, compassion and superior contributions embodying the Community Health Center mission.


2017 Recipient - Shaunna Perez,  Stedman Wade
Shaunna began her work in the medical field as a US Army medic and is a Gulf War Veteran. In 2003 I graduated from ECU with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies and from Duke University with a Master of Health Sciences.

I came to the Community Health Center world quite by fate. I became the organization’s first Performance Improvement Coordinator, developing the program in preparation for our first Joint Commission survey. The following year I took a hiatus to complete my Physician Assistant studies.

View past Outstanding Provider Award recipients>>


Dr. Evelyn D. Schmidt Outstanding Service Award

Named to honor a pioneer in social and community medicine, the Evelyn D. Schmidt Outstanding Service Award recognizes a community-oriented organization that has improved access to care through innovative, comprehensive approaches.

2017 Recipient: Positive Live - CommWell Health

The Positive Life Program is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, team-based HIV care program supported by Tri-County Community Health Council, Inc. dba CommWell Health (CWH).    In 2017, the Positive Life Program will be recognized for 30 years of service to the local community. 

The Positive Life Program is a
fully integrated comprehensive health home model of HIV medical, dental, behavioral health, case management, treatment adherence, bridge counseling, pharmacy, transportation, and patient navigation.  

View past Schmidt Award recipients

Legislative Award

The NCCHCA Legislative Award is presented to an individual within the legislative or administrative branches of federal or state government who has made significant contribution to the community health field by affecting legislation that impacts NCCHCA members. The recipient has demonstrated, over a period of time, his/her belief in and support of the goals and purposes of the Community Health Center Movement.

2017 Recipient - Representative Donny Lambeth

In recognition of Representative Lambeth's support and introduction of
HB622 "Carolina Cares"

View past Legislative Award recipients >>

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