From TheDailyJournal.com “Millville woman honored for service,” 14 Apr 2011.
BRIDGETON [NJ] — The National Association of Health Centers has announced that Gwendolyn Gould of Bridgeton is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Migrant Health Center Board Member Award.
The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding level of service and commitment as a board member of a migrant health center.
Gould is receiving this honor because of her lifelong commitment to the community health care movement and the extraordinary contributions she has made to farm worker health and social justice in Cumberland County and beyond.
She was one of a handful of local activists who initiated a volunteer community health organization in Bridgeton in 1974 to serve the great population of health underserved migrant workers and residents of Cumberland County.
At that time, she and other health advocates enlisted volunteer physicians, created an affiliation with the hospital system and launched the Bridgeton Area Health Services Community Medical Center.
In 1976, they secured their first Migrant Health Grant. Today, Gould is board chair of the CompleteCare Health Network, the federally qualified health center (FQHC) she helped create.
Gould eventually became an administrative assistant for the migrant program of SCOPE, an anti-poverty organization that served residents in the region. She went on to direct the local Head Start Program for SCOPE.
In the years that have passed, Gould has worked in leadership roles with human and mental health services organizations. She has been active in and received recognition from the NAACP, the National Congress of Christians and Jews, Cumberland County Black United Fund, 4 H, NJ Community Action Programs, Black United Fund of New Jersey, Black Hall of Fame, the cities of Bridgeton, Vineland and Millville, New Jersey’s General Assembly and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census.
Gould has chaired CompleteCare’s volunteer board of directors for the past 10 years. During her watch, the organization has tripled its service area, increased its health service centers from four to 18 and expanded services. She also has been diligent in nurturing farm worker leadership within the agency and has made farm worker outreach a priority.
“Gwen Gould is called ‘Mom’ by many of Cumberland County’s Civic Leaders, a reference to her mentorship of an earlier generation of young activists,” said Gil Walter, CompleteCare president and chief executive officer. “Her national recognition as an outstanding volunteer Health Center director also reminds us that we consider Gwen the godmother of the CompleteCare mission of accessible health care for farm workers and other health underserved in our communities.”
Gould, 79, resides in Millville with her family.
For more information, visit www.completecarenj.org or call (856) 451-4700 to make an appointment.