The California Endowment Appoints Leader in Native American Health to Board of Directors
Sacramento, CA (March 7, 2019) – The state’s largest health foundation today announced the appointment Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc., a AAAHC accredited Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and non-profit urban health center, to its Board of Directors effective May 15, 2019. SNAHC has emerged as a leader in the provision of quality health care delivered through a culturally competent, family-centered and wrap-around delivery system. To further demonstrate their commitment health leadership and to the patient centered philosophy, SNAHC was the first organization in the state of California to receive recognition as a AAAHC-Patient Centered Health Home.
“Britta’s expertise in the family-centered health care with wraparound services model will help the board in crucial decision making on where best to direct our investments in building a 21st Century health care system that focuses on prevention,” said Zac Guevara, board chair of The Endowment. “The Sacramento Native American Health Center led California in its efforts to create health homes which provide a comprehensive array of medical and social services for underserved communities.”
Guerrero graduated from Humboldt State University in 1996 and began her health care career in non-profit clinics. Her passion for health care for the underserved brought her back to service within her own community. Guerrero takes the responsibility of representing an Indian organization very seriously and made it her personal/professional mission to ensure Native Americans have access to health care in urban areas such as Sacramento, a population that is often overlooked, tremendously underserved and still suffers the disproportionate burden of health disparities.
Guerrero holds a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Southern California’s Business Leadership Master’s Program. In 2012, she was given a three-year appointment by Senate Pro-Tem Darryl Steinberg to the California Commission on the Status of Women. In 2012, she was appointed by then Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as the Native American Community Liaison to the city of Sacramento. In addition, Guerrero was one of the founding members and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the California Consortium of Urban Indian Health (CCUIH). In 2015, Guerrero was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Primary Care Association and currently serves on the Executive Committee. In 2017, Guerrero was elected to the Board of the Central Valley Health Network, where she also holds an Executive Committee position.
Britta, a Sacramento resident, was the first recipient of the 2014 Sacramento Community Leader of Tomorrow award presented by Congresswoman Matsui, Senator Darrell Steinberg, and Assembly member Roger Dickenson. In April 2015, Britta was selected by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of 2015’s “Women Who Mean Business” honorees.
Her most important role however, is as a wife and a mother to her two children, to whom she credits her ability to be flexible yet firm. Guerrero is member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s website at www.calendow.org.