Each year Western Clinicians Network (WCN) recognizes one outstanding clinician who throughout his or her career has demonstrated clinical excellence in their endeavors. This year’s Clinical Excellence Award is being presented to two deserving individuals.
Javier Luna, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Federally Qualified Health Center in Winters, CA. There, he has implemented and sustained a successful model of integrated behavioral health and health coaching in primary care since 2012. With a population health focus, the integration model has continuously achieved a wide in-reach into the general clinic population, assisting health care providers, and allowing greater access for patients to receive help for behavioral health conditions. Dr. Luna received his PhD from Seattle Pacific University in 2010 and has continuously strived to improve the health of patients and the community which he serves through these integrated services as well as leading a collaborative effort to implement a Relationship Based Model of Care. He currently lives in Sacramento with his wife Molly of 15 years and their 4 children. He is being recognized by WCN as a professional who can inspire others who may be considering their next steps in advancing primary care to our neediest populations. The development of truly integrated primary care/behavioral health is a long believed and infrequently realized dream and Dr. Luna is showing the way.
Susan Ferguson, MS, MD is Associate Medical Director at Lifelong Downtown Oakland Clinic and Supportive Housing Program. For 12 years she has developed her practice through Lifelong’s array of clinics and field sites in Oakland, CA and today, as an MD double-boarded in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, she provides care to an extremely high-risk population, many of whom are homeless or at risk for homelessness with multiple medical and co-existing behavioral health conditions. Dr. Ferguson is an extremely experienced, conscientious and committed physician. She knows the population well and is a strong advocate for their care. For the past three years she has also been the medical director of the Downtown Oakland Clinic where she provides medical leadership to a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health providers. Along with her work at the clinic, Susan provides primary care services at a handful of Supportive Housing sites which are usually hotels that have been remodeled to accommodate formerly homeless people. The work is challenging and difficult, and she performs it with great skill and passion. Dr. Ferguson is being recognized by WCN, her peers and community, as a leader by demonstrating professionalism, commitment and passion for the quality of care of the underserved.