Community Health Center Champions
To commemorate National Health Center Week, AAPCHO highlights CHC Champions—individuals who are, through big and small ways, advancing the community health center (CHC) mission.
We spotlight health center staff, patients, and community members, who through their noteworthy efforts, contribute to our member health centers’ goal to provide comprehensive, affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care.
Visit this page often to meet this year’s CHC Champions!
When Diem started at NOELA Community Health Center (NOELA), she came on as an Outreach Worker and helped enroll community members with coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As her role started to evolve and expand to include Care Coordination and Community Health Worker, she took on more responsibilities and embraced all of them. She responded to her new roles and responsibilities with eagerness and willingness.
Diem goes out of her way to not only assist NOELA’s Vietnamese speaking communities, but also its Spanish and English speaking ones a well. As a part of the health center’s care coordination team with the providers and other clinical staff, she ensures that patients receive the necessary referrals and social services needed to provide all patients with a true Patient-Centered Medical Home. Diem was also a part of NOELA’s hepatitis B program and currently doing ACA enrollment, referrals and care coordination with the health center’s colonoscopy program.
Diem’s enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring that all the patients receive the culturally and linguistically responsive care they need, is what makes her a CHC Champion!
Since joining Waikiki Health as its CEO in 2008, Sheila Beckham has provided highly innovative and effective leadership of the health center. Sheila’s vision and guidance have continually advanced Waikiki Health’s growth, level of care and community impact.
During her tenure, the health center has more than tripled its budget, introduced new programs and expanded service sites. These expanded services include providing increased access and care to those who are homeless, low income, uninsured and otherwise underserved. Over the same period, Waikiki Health has more than doubled patient visits and also doubled the number of patients served to 11,054 in 2016. Additionally, under Sheila’s leadership, three of Waikiki Health’s primary care clinics earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 3—the highest level for this recognition!
With over 30 years of experience in health care, including over 20 years specifically working in leadership capacities in community health, Sheila exemplifies a true CHC Champion!
Karuna Ramachandran serves as Health Programs Director at Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS). She works with CPACS’ talented staff to provide access to breast screening and treatment, hepatitis b screening and linkage to care and vaccination, patient navigation services at CPACS Cosmo Health Center, substance abuse prevention and ACA enrollment.
Karuna’s passion to leverage resources and partnerships to create access to high quality health care, is what makes her a CHC Champion!
Diem Pham ensures patients receive culturally and linguistically responsive care » more about Diem
Sheila Beckham works to increase access to care for underserved communities » more about Sheila
Karuna Ramachandran leverages resources and partnerships » more about Karuna