Sacramento, California – October 15, 2020 – The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) announced this week that Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) Chief Executive Office Britta Guerrero (San Carlos Apache) will serve as the 2020/21 Board of Directors Chair-Elect. She is the first Native American elected to serve in this role with the largest Primary Care Association in the nation.
The mission of CPCA is to lead and position community clinics, health centers and networks through advocacy, education and services as key players in the health care delivery system to improve the health status of their communities. CPCA represents more than 1,370 not-for-profit Community Health Centers and Regional Clinic Associations who provide comprehensive quality health care services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and underserved Californians, who might otherwise not have access to health care.
“I am extremely grateful to the SNAHC Board for trusting me to represent the health center at the state level, and I am honored to have been considered by the CPCA Board members for a leadership position,” says Ms. Guerrero. “I am humbled to have the support of my colleagues and the Native community who have put their trust in my ability to serve and represent them. While I may be the first Native Woman to hold this position, I am profoundly aware of the efforts of the many Native leaders before me, who have afforded me the opportunity.”
“Britta’s new position as Chair-Elect of the CPCA Board of Directors is a testament to her ability to provide leadership in two worlds,” says Ricardo Torres, SNAHC Board of Directors. “She is an effective and impassioned voice for California’s low-income, uninsured, underserved and often disenfranchised residents. Her skillful, transparent and frank communication style has proven to be highly effective with the tribal communities as well as our state association. We all benefit greatly from this selection and are proud to see her serve in this capacity.”
Over the course of her term, Chair-Elect Guerrero will work in partnership with newly elected Chair, David B. Vilet, MBA, CEO, LifeLong Medical Care. The Chair-Elect will act in the absence of the Chair and will assume the office of Chair in the year following her term as Chair-Elect. As Chair she will represent the association in meetings with state and federal leaders and serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the association.
Congratulations David and Britta! We celebrate the representation, diversity and experience you bring to our state association.
Sacramento Native American Health Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center committed to continue and share the legacy of a healthy American Indian / Alaska Native community based on cultural values delivered through a traditional, innovative and accessible patient-centered health home. SNAHC offers primary care, oral health, behavioral health, specialty, and supportive services in midtown Sacramento. We are open to all, and all are welcome. For more information on SNAHC, visit www.snahc.org or call 916-341-0575 for an appointment.
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