Oregon School-Based Health Alliance Announces New Executive Director

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The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) is pleased to announce the selection of Laurie Hoyt Huffman as the organization’s next executive director. Huffman joins OSBHA with enthusiasm for integrated health care and how the school-based health center (SBHC) model offers improved access to care and tremendous potential to positively impact health and education outcomes for young people across the state.
“School-based health centers are leading the way in promoting health equity and improved academic outcomes for our youngest Oregonians,” Huffman said. “I’m excited to be joining OSBHA, to be part of leading this effort, and to further unlock the potential of SBHCs for our schools, families, and communities.”
Huffman brings more than ten years of senior management experience in social services and health care in Oregon and is transitioning out of her current role as the division director of treatment and prevention services at Volunteers of America Oregon. She’ll begin with OSBHA on July 1.
Additionally, Huffman offers a deep commitment to social justice and a rich background in nonprofit leadership that spans addiction and mental health treatment, health research, prevention, prison reentry services, and children and family services.
She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology, is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon, and has completed post-graduate programs in nonprofit executive leadership, biomedical ethics, addiction treatment, and mediation.
OSBHA board president, Michael Ralls, added, “The board is excited to bring Laurie in to lead our already strong team. Laurie will build robust relationships with partners of school-based health and will lead us to the next level of improving the culture around health and kids.”  

The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon that serves the state’s 72 certified school-based health centers and works to improve the health and academic success of children and youth.