Congrats to our own Gloria Brown! She was awarded Health Center Advocate of 2017 by the N.C. Community Health Center Association at the association’s annual Primary Care Conference recently in Winston-Salem.

Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health Services (PHS), said this about Mrs. Brown: She “has doggedly led PHS’ initiative to attain National Association of Community Health Centers’ 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.”

Mrs. Brown grew up in Greensboro, and feels doubly blessed to have had parents who made sure she got regular primary care, and to be an adult who has always had health insurance. An internship with the United Way of the Greater Triangle led her to work with Orange County nonprofits as part of the UW’s annual campaign, including Piedmont Health Services, which hired her onto its administrative staff in 2004.

Mrs. Brown has served in many capacities at PHS, including in human resources, as executive administrator to the CEO and Board of Directors, and now as community relations specialist and health center advocate. She takes great pride in PHS and the innovative programming it offers to the community including at its general health center sites and at SeniorCare, its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Mrs. Brown feels strongly that in these uncertain times, health center organizations must stay “fired up” advocating on behalf of the families and communities they serve, so that they can continue to assure access to primary care for this generation and future ones. She is deeply grateful for this award.

 

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