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Speranza Avram

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Speranza Avram

Executive Director
California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization
rural health services
health of residents of Nevada City, Redding and surrounding areas
rural hospital administration
bringing health services into rural communities


Speranza Avram is a longtime leader in the field of rural health and technology. Since March, 2010, she has served as executive director of the Northern California Regional Extension Center, which provides provide technical assistance to physicians and other providers in their transition to electronic health records.  She previously served as associate executive of the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health. Before that, she directed the the Northern Sierra Rural Health Network, a nonprofit corporation based in Nevada City and Redding that works to strengthen rural health services in the northeastern corner of California. The network's membership includes more than 40 rural clinics, rural hospitals, public health departments and other health care providers in nine counties. Before joining the network in 1995, Avram was the manager of the Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville. She has also worked as a consultant to bring resources for health services into rural communities throughout Northern California. Her clients have included health care foundations, rural hospitals, rural clinics, public health departments and other rural health organizations. She is the author of "Building Healthy Rural Communities in Northern California" and "Guide to Telecommunications Discount Programs for State and Federal Programs." She has a bachelor's degree in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master's in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

555 12th St., 10th Floor
Oakland  California  94607
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 285-5723


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