News & Events

Get to know the faces behind NHC and find the latest news and community health events. Explore health care stories from patients, friends and staff of NHC. Plus tips, resources and more related to our mission led work, with patients at the center.

A Patient Story: Keri

“My husband lost his job and we lost our health insurance. I was talking to a friend about symptoms I’d been having for over a year and how none of the doctors I’d seen prior to losing our insurance believed something was wrong with me. She suggested I go to Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) because…

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NHC acquires new mobile medical van to reach at-risk patients

Lack of transportation, the inability to take time off work and not knowing how or where to access care are all factors that can make it difficult for many in our community to come into a doctor’s office to receive care. This is especially true for historically marginalized populations. To help address and overcome these barriers,…

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NHC leans into its mission, with positive impact

Beauty from Ashes: Paul and Amy’s story Uche Nwizu, a Clinical Pharmacist with NHC, provides care for a couple with several chronic conditions. Amy* has hypertension and schizophrenia and her husband Paul* has diabetes, liver cirrhosis, and bipolar disorder. Uche has been helping Amy and Paul manage their health for two years. Uche also supports…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 NHC’s Dr. Otuodita Ejiasa At the tender age of three, Dr. Ejiasa – or “Dr. E” as she’s known…

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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…

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5 Tips to Support Your Child’s Mental Health During COVID-19

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…

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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…

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Health Disparities and COVID-19: Living Our Mission

Community Health Centers were born out of the 1960s Civil Rights and Social Justice Movement in part as a mission to affirm the value of all people. As a Community Health Center that provides care to all, with a focus on serving vulnerable and diverse populations, we see the direct effect of physical and mental…

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Honoring the Life of George Floyd: A Message from our CEO

To our patients, employees, and community partners: Days ago, a man named George Floyd was brutally murdered by police officers in Minneapolis. While this tragic event has ignited a movement, we cannot forget that racial inequality and injustice has been and continues to be a cancer of our society. Recent events have shaken us as…

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