For immediate release
November 09, 2022
PrimaryOne Health announces 2022 Healthcare Justice Awardees
Community Member Dr. Cora Muñoz and PrimaryOne Health Staff Member Lauren Russo
Columbus, Ohio – PrimaryOne Health today announced the 2022 Healthcare Justice Awardees, Community Member, Dr. Cora Muñoz, and PrimaryOne Health Staff Member, Lauren Russo, DNP.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration and 8th Annual Healthcare Justice Awards will take place on November 10, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), located at 52 Belle St, Columbus. The Healthcare Justice Awards honor individuals and partners in our community who are eliminating health disparities, expanding access to healthcare and wellness services, and breaking down cultural and social barriers to quality healthcare.
This year’s event will support the new Healthcare Justice Scholarship Fund created in 2021to support scholarships for under-represented racial, ethnic, and cultural populations entering or advancing in healthcare professions. “I am extremely proud that we have established this critically important scholarship fund to support our development of a diverse and representative clinical pipeline for our under-represented populations who are entering or advancing in healthcare professions,” said PrimaryOne Health CEO, Charleta B. Tavares. “Practicing cultural humility while developing a clinical workforce that reflects our patient populations will improve the health outcomes of racial, ethnic, and cultural patient populations.”
Dr. Cora Muñoz was selected as the 2022 Healthcare Justice Award recipient for her service as a watchful eye and keeping abreast of academic research pertaining to health disparities. Dr. Muñoz has focused her career on ending health disparities and working towards promoting social justice. Amongst her other responsibilities, Dr. Muñoz always finds time to coordinate healthcare documents in other languages to help minimize language barriers.
Dr. Lauren Russo has been selected as the 2022 Healthcare Justice Award recipient for her commitment to bridging the educational and financial divide for patients, connecting them with vital resources to better their patient experience and overall health. Dr. Russo prioritizes patient-first care and takes the time to deal with each patient as an individual, building a rapport by considering their needs first.
Dr. Cora Muñoz and Dr. Lauren Russo will both receive their award during the 25th Anniversary Celebration and 8th Annual Healthcare Justice Awards on November 10, 2022. “These two individuals embody and exemplify the spirit of PrimaryOne Health; compassionate, committed, and results-oriented women working towards justice, equity, and patient-centered care for vulnerable and underserved residents and patients in Central Ohio,’ concluded Tavares.
In operation since 1997, PrimaryOne Health offers comprehensive primary care, OB-GYN, pediatric, vision, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, and specialty care services to over 48,000 patients. The organization provides services to UN/underinsured and insured residents throughout Franklin and Pickaway Counties at twelve (12) health center locations and four Mobile Health Centers. It is the oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Central Ohio. For more information about PrimaryOne Health and its programs, go to www.primaryonehealth.org. PrimaryOne Health is a proud member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).