2022 Grassroots Advocacy Award Recipients

Congratulations To The 2022 José E. Camacho Grassroots Advocacy Award Recipients!

We are incredibly grateful to honor 2022 recipients of the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Awards. All recipients were nominated by their peers for this recognition. Please take a moment to learn more about these advocates and their work.

The 2022 José E. Camacho Grassroots Hall of Fame Inductees

The José E. Camacho Grassroots Hall of Fame inductees have all made lasting contributions to ensuring the creation, survival, and strength of Community Health Centers and the health center movement through their dedicated and tireless advocacy efforts over many years.

Tariq Butt, MD

Vice President of Health Affairs, ACCESS Community Health Network, Illinois
Learn more about Dr. Butt here.

Pamela Clark Cason

Corporate Communication Specialist, at Milwaukee Health Services, Inc, Wisconsin
Learn more about Pamela here.


Tara McCollum Plese

Retired Chief External Affairs Officer, at the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Learn more about Tara here.


Kim Mitroka,

President and CEO, at Christopher Rural Health Planning Corporation, Illinois
Learn more about Kim here.


Elvin N. Plank

President and CEO, at Indiana Health Centers, Indiana
Learn more about Elvin here.


Lisa Rutledge

Special Projects Manager, Western Wayne Family Health Center, Michigan
Learn more about Lisa here.


Carmen Velásquez, BS, MA

Founder, of Alivio Medical Center, Illinois
Learn more about Carmen here.


Vicki Young, PhD

Chief Operating Officer at the South Carolina Primary Healthcare Association
Learn more about Dr. Young here.

The 2022 NACHC Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Awardees

The NACHC Grassroots MVP Award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth K. (Betsey) Cooke, whose constant effort and unflagging persistence as an advocate for Community Health Centers and health center patients set an example for all Health Center Advocates to follow. All honorees have gone above and beyond in their efforts to ensure that their Members of Congress actively supported health centers or to establish and expand grassroots advocacy efforts at their health center or in their state.

Joan Bond, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer, at HealthLinc, Indiana
Learn more about Joan here.

Nakeisha R. Cleveland

Deputy Director, Louisiana Primary Care Association
Learn more about Nakeisha here.

Andrea DeMeo, MBA

President and CEO, at Trillium Health, New York
Learn more about Andrea here.


Dr. Carrie F. Gordon

Board Member, Foremost Family Health Center, Texas
Learn more about Dr. Gordon here.


Bev Harbin

Chief Executive Officer, at Wahiawa Health, Hawaii
Learn more about Bev here.


Jerry Isikoff, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, at Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
Learn more about Dr. Isikoff here.


Harvey Laas

Public Policy Officer, at Access Health, Texas
Learn more about Harvey here.


Patricia E. Sarvela

Chief Development Officer at Partnership Community Health Center, Wisconsin
Learn more about Patricia here.


Steven Sera, AAMS

Board Chair, MHC Healthcare, Arizona
Learn more about Steven here.


Patricia Stubber, PhD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, at Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System, Pennsylvania
Learn more about Dr. Stubber here.


Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, FAAP, FACP

President and CEO, The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, Pennsylvania
Learn more about Dr. Thomas-Hemak here.


Yamilet Valladolid, MPH

Director of Government and Community Affairs, Golden Valley Health Centers, California
Leanr more about Yamilet here.


Brendan Riley

Director of Policy, at North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Learn more about Brendan here.