April 19, 2012

Dr. Jill Ginsberg was presented with the 2012 Gladys McCoy Award for lifetime volunteer achievement at the Multnomah County Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Dr. Ginsberg co-founded the North by Northeast Community Health Center in Portland in 2006, which has provided free life-saving health services to thousands of uninsured adults with chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

In order to open and maintain the health center, Dr. Ginsberg has assumed the dual role of volunteer Medical Director and provider. She led the way in partnering with local health systems, faith leaders, businesses, healthcare professionals, and hundreds of community members to raise funds, procure equipment and supplies, secure lab services and provide medication at no charge. Dr. Ginsberg’s focus on ensuring the center responds to the community’s needs and provides the highest quality services have led to its tremendous success. This includes actions ranging from creating an internship program for Jefferson High School students to ensuring all patient care is reviewed by physicians and timely follow-up appointments are provided. See a short and inspiring  video about Dr. Ginsberg and the North by Northeast Community Center. 

In addition to her work with the health center, Dr. Ginsberg has initiated and implemented a regional program through Kaiser Permanente that provides primary care to uninsured adults with complicated chronic health conditions. Beyond her medical work, Dr. Ginsberg has served on Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action, and the boards of Congregation Beth Israel and Project Access NOW. To all her volunteer service, she brings compassion, love of people and a commitment to social and economic justice.

“Dr. Ginsberg is an ideal recipient of the McCoy Award given her extraordinary advocacy, self-sacrifice, and work to improve the lives of Multnomah County residents with chronic health problems who face the overwhelming challenge of maintaining their health without access to insurance or significant financial resources,” said Steven Joiner, Chair of the County’s Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC). The CIC makes the Award each year to an outstanding nominee who has given exemplary time and service to the county community.

The Gladys McCoy Award was established in 1994 to honor those who have given outstanding service in the area of community service and citizen involvement. Dr. Ginsberg certainly fits that criterion both through her inspiring example and legacy. Her name will appear on a plaque with past winners on permanent display in the Multnomah County Boardroom.

Look for the article about Dr. Ginsberg receiving the McCoy Award in the Oregonian's Community News Section this Saturday, April 20, 2012