Last week, Community Health Partnership leadership and staff attended the California Primary Care Association’s (CPCA) annual conference held in San Diego. The Partnership works very closely with the CPCA, as their organization represents and advocates for 800 community health centers and clinics throughout the state. Like Community Health Partnership, CPCA coordinates research and programs that promote collaboration among its member health centers.
While every annual CPCA conference is a great occasion to catch up with our fellow consortia and health centers from all over the state, this past conference held special meaning to us. Community Health Partnership’s Board Co-Chair, Reymundo Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer of Gardner Family Health Network got inducted as the new Board Chair for CPCA. Although we will miss Reymundo as our Board Co-Chair next year, we are thrilled about his new role in providing guidance and leadership to our state association.
As a way of celebrating Reymundo’s induction, Community Health Partnership co-hosted an informal reception with CPCA to mark the occasion. At the reception, we invited Reymundo to say a few words. In addition to thanking his wife, health center staff, and colleagues for their support over the years, Reymundo in true leadership fashion took this invitation as an opportunity to remind us of our history of advocacy, the relevance of our work in community health centers, and offered some inspirational advice. Fortunately for us, we got his speech “on tape.” Thought we would share. Enjoy.