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“We are fortunate and honored to have him on our team.”

“I’ve worked here for nearly half my life!”

Cedric Johnson was in high school when he started working part-time in medical records at Unity Care NW (known at the time as Interfaith Community Health Center) in 2003. He left for a brief time and returned in 2006. He was promoted to Electronic Medical Records Support Specialist in 2014, where his expanded responsibilities included staff training. In 2016, he interviewed for the Quality Improvement Manager position, a role he accepted and continues today. Shanon Hardie, Chief Operating Officer, describes Cedric as “an invaluable asset to our organization” who has been promoted to roles with “increasing levels of responsibility, impact, and authority.”

As QI Manager, Cedric works with all departments to improve the quality of services we provide. A large part of his work is responding to patient comments and concerns. This is one of the things he enjoys most about the

position.  “It’s gratifying to hear stories and feedback on how we’re doing” and, when required, “work toward resolution between the patient and staff.”  He clearly thrives is his role. Cedric has been “a leader and collaborator behind many of our successful initiatives and achievements,” says Hardie.

Cedric has a background in science (he graduated from WWU in 2011 with a degree in Cell Biology), and that has served him well in his position. As a “systems thinker,” he sees his role as helping to ensure that all parts of our agency are functioning to the greatest benefit of patients. Cedric is inspired by both science and social justice and offers the following guidance to those interested in working in his field: “Stay curious, ask questions, and find reasons to collaborate.”

Cedric benefits from co-workers he describes as “a lot of really smart people, who want to do the right thing for our patients.” The feeling appears to be mutual. Hardie notes that he is highly respected by peer, providers, and leaders who feel “fortunate and honored to have him on our team.”

The Jakobitz
Family's Story

“I’m thankful that my family now has a place to go for quality dental care.”

For many years, Julie Jakobitz and her family had health insurance coverage through her husband Jonathan’s employer in Lynden. But when Jonathan reduced his work hours in order to pursue a Master’s degree, he was no longer eligible for the family’s employer-based insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” they were able to enroll in Apple Health (Medicaid). Julie started looking for a new dental provider who would accept new patients and their Medicaid coverage.

With five children (Uriah, Micah, Hadassah, Asher, and Hava) ranging in age from 8 to 17, Julie knew it would be challenging to find a place where the whole family could be seen. “We’ve always had access to good dental care,” so it was upsetting for Julie to think the kids would be starting school without having a dentist. Then she met Robin. Robin is the Mobile Dental Access Coordinator at Unity Care NW. Each year, the Mobile Dental Program visits all of the elementary and middle schools and Head Start programs in Whatcom County to provide dental exams, fluoride applications, and sealants. Julie met Robin when the Mobile Dental team attended the Lynden


School Distribution Day in August to tell parents about the Mobile Dental Program. Robin told Julie about Unity Care NW’s children’s dental services at 220 Unity Street in Bellingham. Julie was thrilled to learn she now had an option. Not only could her kids be seen, but their appointments could be scheduled on the same day, and before school started. Once her children were established, Julie and Jonathan also became new patients at Unity Care NW’s adult dental clinic at 1616 Cornwall Ave.

“I’m happy that my kids have been seen so rapidly, and they really like it here!” As a working mom, Julie appreciates the efficiency and convenience of scheduling her family’s appointments at Unity Care NW. She has also been impressed with the friendly staff and cleanliness of the health center. “I’m thankful that my family now has a place to go for quality dental care.”

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