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OIC Graduation

by OIC News on 06/24/16

Graduates complete OIC program

 
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Opportunities Industrialization Center graduate Briuna Johnson smiles with her classmates Thursday at the conclusion of the commencement exercises at the center.

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By Corey Davis
Staff Writer

Friday, June 24, 2016

A loud ovation was given by the crowd after 22 graduates of the Opportunities Industrialization Center’s 2016 graduation class turned their tassels to signify them receiving their General Education Diploma certificates Thursday in the historic Booker T. Washington High School auditorium.

Jerry Harper, director of college and career readiness at Edgecombe Community College, said the turning of the tassels is a sign of the graduates moving from a candidate to graduate.

“The turning of the tassel represents the turning of a page in one’s life and a rite of passage,” he said.

Charles Washington, director of education services at OIC, said he has high admiration for the graduates who participated in the organization’s 10th graduation ceremony. 

“This is the best graduation we have ever had,” Washington said. 

Mahongany Bryant,one of the OIC graduates, told the audience about her journey to academic achievement. Bryant said her goals were to create a positive image for her family, be a role model for her children and build a solid foundation for a career. She added that by doing those things, it would improve her overall self-esteem.

Bryant said her career goal is to be a certified sign language instructor and help her 19-year-old son, who suffers with hearing impairment. 

“I’m hoping and believing that my children, by witnessing my struggles, that they understand the importance of staying in school,” she said.

N.C. Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton, gave the commencement address. Reuben Blackwell, president and chief executive officer of OIC, credited Ingram for working to keep the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools split from happening. 

Ingram related this year’s theme of “Planting the Seeds to Success and Preparing for a Great Harvest” to the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

“There was a time when the enemy called you a dropout, said you had no future and you weren’t going anywhere,” Ingram said. “But because of your hard work and your labor to complete your studies, you now can answer that you’re the greatest. However, as you move forward, you have to understand that like Ali, successful people have the confidence that they will be successful.”

OIC President & CEO Reuben Blackwell featured in NCCHCA E-Newsletter

by OIC News on 06/17/16

NCCHCA Focal Point

In this Issue

NCCHCA Primary Care Conference Award Recipients


The NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Award Recipients

Office of Rural Health Award Recipients

 





This week's focal point will highlight award recipient's from the 2016 Primary Care Conference. Thank you to the many health center, rural health center, and free clinic advocates and champions of patients. The work that you do is invaluable to meeting the healthcare needs of North Carolinians. We hope to see you at next year's conference! 

NCCHCA 2016 Primary Care Conference  Award Recipients

NCCHCA ASSOCIATION SERVICE AWARD



Recipient: Customer Assistance Group
NC Department of Insurance

The North Carolina Department of Insurance has been a long-time supporter of NCCHCA, member health centers, and the populations that FQHCs serve. In particular, the Consumer Assistance Group of DOI, composed of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Health Insurance SMART NC, and the Consumer Services Division, have provided invaluable support to NCCHCA and its members. SHIIP has partnered with FQHCs across the state to train and certify staff as SHIIP counselors for many years, helping FQHCs provide comprehensive counseling about Medicare benefits to patients and community members. In 2015, SHIIP initiated a partnership with NCCHCA to implement a small grant program to encourage and enable more health centers to engage in Medicare counseling.

NCCHCA OUTSTANDING PROVIDER AWARD
Recipient: Dr. William Donigan


In 1998 Dr. Donigan became the Dental Director at the Martin de Porres Dental Clinic in Topeka, Kansas while also operating his own dental practice. After stabilizing that clinic, he went on to direct the expansion of dental services at Flint Hills Community Health Center in Emporia, Kansas.  While working at these clinics Dr. Donigan’s desire grew to further his public health education, completing his MPH in 2007 from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.


NCCHCA DR. EVELYN D. SCHMIDT OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Recipient: Outreach & Enrollment Program at Lincoln Community Health Center


The Outreach & Enrollment program at Lincoln Community Health Center has created a model program powered by passionate and experienced staff that implement innovative outreach and community engagement tactics, as well as cultivate partnerships with community stakeholders, as well as their health center peers.                                            

NCCHCA HEALTH CENTER ADVOCATE AWARD
Recipient: Janel Lewis


Janel Lewis joined Stedman-Wade Health Services in August 2013 as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist and Certified Application Counselor. Since that time, she has helped patients and community members access new affordable health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. She has been a tireless advocate for those she helps—ensuring they are able to overcome challenges and access coverage and care. 

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NC FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE ROBERT J. GRECZYN JR. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LEADERSHIP AWARD
Recipient: Reuben C. Blackwell, IV of OIC Family Medical Center
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The Robert J. Greczyn Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award honors a health center professional excelling in service to his or her fellow North Carolinians. The recipient will be presented with a commissioned vase handcrafted by renowned North Carolina potter Ben Owen III along with a $25,000 unrestricted grant that will go toward advancing the work of their community health center.


OIC has successfully transitioned from a private medical office, rural clinic, FQHC look-alike to ultimately receiving full FQHC designation in June 2012.  Reuben has guided the organization’s growth from 1 site to multiple locations with new services lines. Within 2 and half years, OIC was able to provide services such and dental, behavioral health, primary medical and pharmacy.  Reuben’s vision for the future of public health is for everyone to have access to quality health care despite social determinants they may face.

  


The NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Award Recipients

THE DON LUCEY 



Dr. Clark Gaither
WATCH Mobile Unit Program

 

SPIRIT OF FREE CLINICS AWARD
Marie Collins
A Storehouse for Jesus

 


Office of Rural Health Award Recipients 

OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

William W. Massengill, Jr.



Benson Area Medical Center, Inc. 


OUTSTANDING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Garland Bruce Williams, FNP-C

Black River Health Services, Inc.

OUTSTANDING BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR
William P. Marshburn
Black River Health Services, Inc.

OIC Graduation

by OIC News on 06/16/16

Make sure you plan on attending our graduation on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 6pm in the OIC Auditorium. Come out and support greatness in the making. It takes hard work, dedication and perseverance in order to stay committed to your goals. These students have done just that!

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