ChapCare Announces Chief Executive Officer Receives a Prestigious Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award

Published : Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Today, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) announces that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Margaret “Margie” Martinez, has been selected to receive a prestigious Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award.

The Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program recognizes that effective institutions are driven by creative people who need time off to reflect if they are to keep their organizations ahead of the curve. In an effort to replenish the stores of energy and inspiration for our community’s most gifted leaders, the biannual Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program offers up to six individuals stipends and expenses to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they propose.

For more than 35 years, Margaret “Margie” Martinez has served as an advocate for low-income residents of Southern California. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, Margie has led a variety of community-based organizations that promoted health care access and workforce development. In 1994, she was named Executive Director of Clinica Romero, a health center serving the immigrant community in downtown Los Angeles. In 1999, Margie was selected to lead ChapCare. During her sixteen year tenure, she has overseen ChapCare’s transition from a hospital-affiliated clinic to an independent nonprofit health center; she guided ChapCare’s application and designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC); and she directed the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR). She is currently developing strategies to expand ChapCare’s service delivery reach and capacity through ChapCare’s unique municipal partnership model.

Throughout her career, Margie has demonstrated a deep commitment to the health of vulnerable populations. In order to support this vocation, she has held numerous leadership positions, Board and workgroup memberships with local, state and national health care policy and advocacy organizations including the Pasadena Health Care Consortium, the HealthCare Consortium of the Greater San Gabriel Valley, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), and our Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Greater El Monte Community Hospital and Health Care LA IPA.

“I am deeply moved that the Durfee Foundation selected me for this prestigious award,” said Margie Martinez, ChapCare’s CEO, “This will give me a short time to re-charge before continuing at ChapCare with the important work of expanding primary and specialty care access for the resident of the San Gabriel Valley. ”

For a full list of Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program 2015-16 award recipients please visit:

About ChapCare

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) was founded in 1995 by a group of community residents, city officials, and health care agencies to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in Pasadena. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental services in 2001. Today, ChapCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides health care services to countless residents of the San Gabriel Valley. ChapCare operates 4 health centers in Pasadena, 1 health center in Monrovia, and 2 health centers in the El Monte/South El Monte region. ChapCare provides over 64,000 primary healthcare visits annually to over 15,000 unduplicated patients.
For more information on ChapCare, please call (626) 398-6300 or visit

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