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The CFHA Member Spotlight is meant to highlight the amazing individuals that make CFHA great. Learn more about our member’s work and things they enjoy in their personal lives!

Stacy Ogbeide
Stacy Ogbeide

How do you support social justice and health equity in your work?

“I spend my much of my time training the future primary care workforce – both Family Medicine and Psychology learners within primary care to work on teams effectively – more specifically, within Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH). The work of PCBH in practice – when done effectively – very much addresses health equity. Our [BHCs] presence in the primary care setting allows many individuals and families to access care when they need it – who otherwise would go without evidence-based and team-based care. Those of us in primary care hear this all of time but it is true – and I don’t want to take the power and importance of our work for granted (or habituate to it!) Another part of my work is faculty and professional development. I have a particular interest in mentorship for underrepresented in medicine (URM) faculty members in academic medicine. We need a multipronged approach to address ethno-racial workforce shortages in academic medicine as well as health care in general. We all need to do something – we all have lanes in which we work so if we would show up consistently in our spaces to address and call it issues as we see them, what a difference this could make. I am happy to serve in my lane in developing current and future URM faculty and professionals.”

What is something fun that most people do not know about you?

“I love watching (as well as learning and performing) short form improvisation!”

Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa
Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa

Position: Vice President of Medical Services – BH Integration

What made you go into IBH?

“I grew up in a rural disadvantaged community with very limited resources. I understood when I was very young that access to care was one of the main causes of people not getting better, a huge barrier to health overall. When I decided to study psychology, it was very natural for me to think about this profession as part of other healthcare professions, but I did not know how to do it so I pursue trainings and experiences that led me to practice in medical settings since I started my graduate studies. It has been quite of a journey. My career trajectory has been very rewarding because I see how we, behavioral health professionals, make a tremendous impact on the healthcare system and the people we serve every day. Living a purposeful life is very important for me and IBH gives me that satisfaction, even more, when I have the opportunity to introduce others to IBH in trainings, supervision, or mentoring.”

A fun fact about Yaira:

“I love the beach! As a good islander, I can spend hours there. My vacation time is specially reserved to devote my time to the beach. Snorkeling, kayaking, or paddle boarding are the activities I do the most when I have the chance. The energy that the ocean gives is something else.”