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Farm Workers board member nationally recognized

TOPPENISH - The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has presented Tom Sak, former board chair of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, with the 2013 Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award.

The award, which recognizes long standing excellence and leadership in the community health center movement, was presented to Sak at the 44th annual NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO in Chicago, Ill., a national conference attended by more than 2,000 community health leaders from across the country.

During the award ceremony NACHC Board Chair Gary Wiltz, MD, said, “Tom Sak has been part of the health center movement for over 30 years. By far, he is one of the strongest advocates in this nation for our hard working migrant and seasonal farmworkers.”

Sak said, “It has been incredibly rewarding to be part of a movement that puts people at the center of it and allows us, as consumers, to have a meaningful impact in how we provide care.”

A former laborer and Toppenish native, Sak was appointed to the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic board more than 30 years ago. In that time, he has served as treasurer, vice-chairman and secretary.

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