A once-in-a-century pandemic has tested America’s community health centers like never before. Yet health centers remained true to their mission to advance health equity, all while finding opportunities to innovate care through the crisis. As we look to a post-pandemic future, health centers must lead the charge to create a health care system that is equitable and sustainable.
The 21st Annual Southern California Health Care Symposium’s theme was Breaking Barriers: Building Resilience and Transforming Care. Community health center leaders, staff and partners joined the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County and the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers on April 8, 2022 to envision how we can turn obstacles into opportunities during COVID-19 and beyond for our patients, our staff and our communities.
Writer. Speaker. Story Teller. Joy Advocate.
Charismatic and charming, Gabby Rivera is dedicated to empowering people and improving our under-resourced communities. She’s currently making major waves for her new Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who’s been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. Rivera’s newest project is b.b. free, an original story following the coming-of-age adventure of b.b., in a post-apocalyptic world not quite like anything you’ve seen before. Rivera calls b.b. free “a bouncy love letter to queer kids everywhere, especially the chubby Puerto Rican ones.”
Rivera is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, a YA novel listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month. Additionally, she hosts a podcast titled Joy Uprising, featuring interviews with revolutionary QTPOC humans and allies, where they share how they find, maintain, and nurture their joy in this chaotic world.
As an activist, Rivera also gives back. She’s worked with Autostraddle.com for over five years as the QTPOC Speakeasy editor and A-Camp staff. A film and multi-media teaching artist, she’s worked with social justice organizations like DreamYard Project, Inc. She’s appeared as a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle Queer Women’s Conference, and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences. Learn more about Gabby Rivera here.
CCALAC is a 501 (c)(3) organization representing 65 member community health centers that operate more than 350 primary care sites in LA County. Our members provide vital health care services to more than 1.7 million patients, the majority of whom have low incomes, and are either publicly insured or uninsured.
Community health centers are non-profit, state-licensed organizations that provide high-quality primary care, including medical, dental, and mental health services, to under-resourced communities disproportionately impacted by poverty and systemic racism. Additional services that can be found within some health centers include pharmacy, x-ray, radiology, optometry, obstetrics, specialty referrals, and other medical services.
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