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Published: May 20, 2021

2021 Champion of Family Medicine - Senator Melissa Hurtado

Senator Hurtado was awarded the 2021 Champion of Family Medicine award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021)

Senator Hurtado is the youngest woman ever elected to the California State Senate. Her Senate district runs from Fresno to south of Bakersfield — some of the richest and most fertile farmland in the world and one of the top oil-producing areas in the United States. She grew up in the district, a product of hardworking immigrant parents. After graduating from Sacramento State University, she returned home to the Valley to serve her community and build a better life for Valley families. She was elected to the Sanger City Council in 2016 and to the California State Senate in 2018. In 2020 she was appointed to Biden’s Latino Leadership Committee alongside former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — the only two California Latinas on the committee. She has authored legislation on clean air and water, food insecurity, inequities in environmental policies, agriculture, and access to health care in rural communities. She is also the author of CAFP’s sponsored bill, SB 402, which seeks to transform the way primary care is paid for and delivered, to ensure access to primary care for all California families.

That is why, in recognition of her courage and empathy for patients, and her dedication to advocating for family medicine and primary care, we’re thrilled to name her our 2021 Champion of Family Medicine award winner.

Thank you, Senator Hurtado.

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