Glendora Claybrooks was born and raised on a plantation in Blytheville, Arkansas. She endured social injustices, school segregation, and other Jim Crow racial discrimination. Inspired by those fighting for Civil Rights, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Wiley Evers, she accepted the torch of struggle and strife. Her represented interests are in social justice, Civil and Human Rights for communities of color to help eliminate barriers to healthcare services and other social determinants of health impacts.
Her desired objective outcomes are increasing awareness and dismantling the racial-ethnic obstacles to access to healthcare, quality of care, and poor health outcomes. Glendora was part of the 1960s Great Migration, settling in Chicago, IL., seeking a better livelihood. In 1995, she moved to Sherwood, Oregon. She attained an Associate degree in Health Sciences from Sylvania-Portland Community College and a dual bachelor’s Science degree in Community Health and Health Education Studies and Health Sciences from Portland State University.
She also earned her master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Graduate level master's degree in Public Administration and Management from Portland State University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Health Services Administration specializing in Public Health Policy at Walden University.
Glendora has served as a professional healthcare contributor within the healthcare industry, exceeding 35 plus years of tenure. She excelled in roles as a Healthcare Administrator, Policy Analyst, College Educator, Community Activist, and Patient Advocate. Glendora worked in the private sector in educational institutions as a medical assistant college instructor. Also, her work experience included both non-profit and for-profit organizations within the healthcare systems. She worked with healthcare insurance providers, facilities, and family primary care and specialty care practitioners. She performed duties as a national certified medical assistant (NCMA), clinic manager, healthcare consultant, and 503 Services Employees International Union (SEIU) homecare worker community organizer.
Glendora served on many committees, such as diverse boards of area councils, healthcare, and political organizations. Governor Kate Brown of Oregon appointed her to the 2019 Joint Task Force on Universal Healthcare and Senate-confirmed. She serves as a Board of Director member of the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) and as a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She also served as a Board member of the Healthcare for All Oregon (HCAO) organization and as President of the National Action Network of Portland Beaverton, Oregon (NANPBO) chapter.
While functioning in these capacities, Glendora acknowledged, educated, and emphasized critical cultural sensitivities, socio-economic health issues, and minority disproportionate poor health outcomes. She experienced and reconciled health disparities, health inequalities, and inequities existing as systemic racism throughout the social, criminal, political, economic, and educational institutions. Glendora's past civic engagement involved being a former Public Official an Appointed member by Governor Brown.
She served two terms. (2015-2019), on the state's federally mandated Medicaid Advisory Committee to ensure the 2010 Affordable Care Act and Patient Protection Clause legislation's oversight. She is also a former Council Advisory Committee member of Health Share of Oregon (HSO). In addition, she served as a Board member and Chair of the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA) organization.
"To achieve the change we seek requires changing the face of leadership." ~~G.C. 2016.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.