Congratulations to Dr. Miriam Vega, Chief Executive Officer of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center (JPA), who recently received a much-deserved Healthcare Hero Award. The virtual gala, presented by Schneps Media, was held on October 22, 2020. The honorees were selected for their strength and courage not only during the Covid-19 public health crisis, but each and every day.
When accepting her award, Dr. Vega highlighted the dedicated staff at JPA thanking them for their tireless efforts as they treated patients during the pandemic and took every step possible to keep them safe and reassured. “This was a team effort,” said Vega. “Our staff was outstanding in their service and each one of them deserves recognition.”
Under the direction of Dr. Vega and her Administrative Team, when the Far Rockaway community was experiencing one of the largest COVID-19 case surges in the City, Addabbo established the first Covid-19 Tent Testing Site in the Rockaways. Facing PPE shortages and available staff members but believing that the testing was critical to the community, Dr. Vega and her team remained committed to testing the community. Working hand in hand with the Governor’s office, Addabbo also opened another testing site at one of its operating health centers.
To ensure that contact was not lost between providers and patients during the pandemic, Addabbo expeditiously put in place a new televisit program which quickly became a lifeline between patients and their healthcare.
In April 2020, Dr. Vega presented before the US House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. Her message was in the form of a plea for further emergency funding to be used to continue COVID-19 testing initiatives. She also presented information and data showing how essential Community Health Centers are to the communities they serve.
Dr. Miriam Vega has devoted her professional career to bringing quality and comprehensive healthcare services to those who need it the most. She is currently focused on fully reopening the Health Center and developing a strategic reorganization strategy so Addabbo can expand its services and reach even greater heights in serving the community.
Miriam Vega, PhD is an experienced executive of non-profit organizations, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and AIDS service organizations, Dr. Vega created the CHANGE model of capacity-building assistance which helps to build culturally-responsive programming, quality improvement and organizational infrastructure at community-based organizations across the Nation.
Before coming to Addabbo, Dr. Vega served as CEO and Executive Vice President of FQHCs and CBOs in large underserved urban communities Further, as Chief Operations Officer at Kedren Community Health Center in Los Angeles, CA she helped integrate mental health and primary care services. She is currently a HOPE fellow and chair of American Public Health Association’s Committee on Health Equity.