Hello- I’m Mary Sepulveda and I am brand new to this site. I’m currently working at a community health clinic near Portland, Oregon as part of a Medicaid Transformation Grant our state received from the federal government. My role is unique in the medical field, part social work, part community health worker, part therapist, part care coordinator, etc. In the course of any given day I work with clients (patients) who have suffered from poverty, trauma, abuse, war, and oppression. While the primary care providers work to control high blood pressure or manage diabetes, I work with clients to connect them to mental health services, to assist them in navigating the medical and social service systems, to listen to and witness their stories, and to help them build social supports. I work in the clinic, at local emergency departments, at client’s homes, and out in the community. It is truly “boots on the ground” work and I love it.
I truly admire Care Oregon, one of the Medicaid insurers in Oregon. Pat Currin is the CEO and is probably one of the most thoughtful and passionate writers I know. He leads this organization with care and compassion for the people they serve.