NHC’s new grant-funded video PSAs have a simple message for teens with health questions: Just Ask

You know that stuff that’s hard to talk about? Things like mental health, sexual health and other sensitive health-related topics? Talking about these things and more is easier than you think: All you have to do is ask. That’s the message NHC wants students to take away from a series of engaging videos highlighting the health centers at Tualatin High School and Merlo Station High School. The videos are designed

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Meet Dr. Greg Guffanti

Dr. Greg Guffanti — “Dr. Greg” as he’s known to his patients — says he meandered into medicine after realizing he didn’t like the bench work of being a chemist.  He recalls a formative experience from his time with AmeriCorps working in a geriatric clinic in Berkeley California: “I met many wonderful staff that attended to the health and lives of these quirky east-bay seniors. I can still remember one of

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Get to know NHC Pharmacist Jovin Panthapattu

We asked Dr. Jovin Panthapattu, PharmD, RPh, BCACP, a pharmacist at our Canby and Oregon City Medical Clinics, to share a bit about what led him to pursue a career in healthcare, what he loves most about his job — and how COVID-19 has changed things: Q. How did you decide to become a pharmacist? I was introduced to the healthcare field at a relatively young age as my mother

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Celebrating our Doctors

In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we asked Otuodita Ejiasa, MD to share a little about herself and what it’s like to be a healthcare provider during this unique moment in history. Meet Dr. Otuodita Ejiasa At the tender age of three, Dr. Ejiasa — or “Dr. E” as she’s known to her patients — already knew she wanted to be a doctor. The prospect of teaching people about their

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To our AAPI community: We stand with you.

As we pass the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, difficult news stories continue to fill our feed. Last week’s attack in Atlanta comes amidst a disturbing nationwide increase in violence and discrimination against persons of color, especially our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighbors and friends. We each have an obligation to speak out against racism – from the dinner table to the exam room. The future of

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Dental sealants and cavity prevention: What you need to know

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we asked NHC’s Courtney Gallaway-Deming, RDH, EPDH, BSDH, to explain what dental sealants are, why they are important — and who should get them. Here’s what she had to say: A dental sealant is a tooth-colored plastic coating that is placed into the grooves on the chewing surface of permanent molar teeth. Sealants are placed on molar teeth either in a dental

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Spotlight on NHC Board Chair, Donalda Dodson

When asked what makes Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) special, Donalda Dodson doesn’t miss a beat: “Listening to the patients, being community-driven, and working within the community… and having a high bar for quality,” she adds. And Dodson would know. She has invested in NHC for the past ten years, serving on its board of directors, most recently as board chair. “We hear what’s going on in the community, we respond

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Spotlight on NHC Pediatrician, Dr. Philip Miller

Over the course of his career, Dr. Philip Miller, a pediatrician with Neighborhood Health Center (NHC), estimates that he’s seen more than a quarter of a million patients.  This year Dr. Miller celebrates ten years with NHC.  What’s the most rewarding part of his job? He says it’s being in a position to give people access to care when they need it. Dr. Miller does his part to help patients

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Supporting your child’s mental health during COVID-19: Five tips for families

COVID-19 has impacted daily routines. Families are now navigating distance learning, canceled events, and continued social distancing to name a few. It is important to be aware that these changes may affect your child’s mental health. Elizabeth Pruett RN, MSN, CPNP, is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Neighborhood Health Center. She shared a few tips for families trying to cope during this challenging time. Move your body.  Everyone needs to

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NHC is one of Oregon’s Top Workplaces

Oregon’s largest daily newspaper recently named Neighborhood Health Center one of the 95 Great Places to Work in Oregon and SW Washington. The Oregonian’s annual Top Workplaces competition is open to all employers with at least 35 employees in Oregon and southwest Washington. This year’s winners were recognized in a virtual ceremony in September. We asked Jenna Wilson Crain, ND, MSN, MAAT, to share what brought her to NHC, what keeps

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