Courtney Allen Cowardin, CNM, Associate Medical Director of Women’s Health at OneWorld, has been honored as National Health Center Week 2018 (NHCW)’s “Health Center Hero.” Allen Cowardin was selected as a finalist from hundreds of nominations sent to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) from 1,400+ health centers across the country, then she received the most votes online from peers and other community health center supporters.
Since arriving at OneWorld 14 years ago, Allen Cowardin has made providing excellent, holistic care a top priority, going beyond traditional health care to meet the needs of her patients. Last year, after realizing that many patients who receive care at OneWorld’s Women’s Health Center were hungry and often going without food, she connected with Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, a local nonprofit that delivers excess perishable food to nonprofits that feed the hungry. Thanks to Allen Cowardin’s efforts, patients who struggle with food insecurity can now come to OneWorld’s main campus on Fridays for bags of fresh produce, dairy products, meat, bread and other healthy groceries.
Allen Cowardin’s service to her community also extends to providing warm coats and clothes for young patients. Last October, she was the force behind OneWorld’s drive to give hundreds of children’s coats, mittens, hats, scarves and more to patients in need.
“Courtney is, without a doubt, a hero at our health center,” Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld, said in her award nomination. “Not only is she unfailingly kind to the vulnerable families, new mothers and young children she sees every day in the clinic, but she also spends her free time creating new and innovative ways to care for underserved and underprivileged populations in Omaha.”
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About the National Association of Community Health Centers:
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of more than 1,400 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve over 27 million people through more than 11,000 delivery sites located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Learn more about NACHC at www.nachc.org.