NACHC Statement on the Passing of Janice DuBose
Our hearts were saddened to learn of the loss of Janice DuBose, Board Member of Health Services Inc, in Alabama and former NACHC Consumer Board Member Representative (1994 – 96). A longtime friend and colleague in the Community Health Center Movement, Janice passed away at her home on December 11th.
Janice was tireless in her advocacy on behalf of America’s Health Centers and the medically underserved. She was regarded as one of NACHC’s strongest voices who protected and defended the role of patient-majority consumer boards, which are at the heart of the health center model. She called consumer boards the “special ingredient” of health center success.
“Consumer boards bond the health center and the community,” she said. “They ensure that the care delivered at health centers is patient-centered, responsive, meaningful, and accountable.” In a presentation at an international Community Health Center Conference in Montreal in 1995, she stated, “If you take away consumer input and diminish the consumer role – you risk losing the health center mission.”
Tom Van Coverden, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), recalled Janice’s dedicated service. “We owe a debt of gratitude to this remarkable woman of intellect and spirit who volunteered so much of her life to helping others and empowering communities. She served on NACHC committees, strengthened board member participation in NACHC and, in no small way, her straight talk as a board member, helped us change public attitudes about primary care and health centers. She will always be remembered for her example of service – her compassion for the sick and disadvantaged – and her devotion to America’s Health Centers. Together we send our prayers and join in expressing deepest sympathies to her son, Foye, and family, and her beloved friends and colleagues in Montgomery.”
Janice taught special needs children and held a Master’s Degree in Education from Auburn University. She was also a member of the Alabama Primary Health Care Association and was a founding member of the Community Health Ventures Board.