Since 2002, NCCHCA’s Awards Program has paid tribute to many outstanding leaders from North Carolina’s community health centers and partners. We invite the staff and board of all member health centers to nominate a candidate for each of the awards listed below:
The selected awardees will be recognized during the 2020 Annual Meeting and Primary Care Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401
DEADLINE: Nominations must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
In 2002, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) established the Dr. Evelyn Schmidt Outstanding Service Award. A pioneer in social and community medicine, Dr. Schmidt, affectionately known as “Evy,” was the first Executive Director/CEO of Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, NC, and served in that capacity for 40 years before retiring in 2011 and her death in 2019. Each year, as a tribute to Dr. Schmidt, NCCHCA honors a community-oriented organization that has improved access to care through innovative, comprehensive approaches as evidenced by outreach efforts, preventive health and educational programs, quality and efficiency of care, and/or strong community support and involvement.
Formed in 1978 by North Carolina community health center leaders, NCCHCA thrives on the strength, dedication and excellence of our members and partners. From among them, we recognize each year an individual or organization for outstanding service to the Association, helping to envision the future and identify paths to success toward NCCHCA’s vision that: ‘Every North Carolina community will have access to a patient-centered, patient-governed, culturally competent health care home that integrates high quality medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, behavioral health, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay.”
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.
Since 1965, health centers have provided comprehensive, cost-effective, high-quality primary health care services to medically under-served communities and vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, the nearly 50-year-old success of the community health center program doesn’t guarantee its continuing existence. With its Health Center Advocate Award, NCCHCA honors 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 North Carolina.
The NCCHCA Policy Maker of the Year 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.