The 30th Best Practices Forum

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 — Friday September 13, 2019
The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado
Hosted by Salud Family Health Centers (SFHC)

Company Bios

Richard P. Bettini, MPH, MS – President & CEO
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Richard P. Bettini has been chief executive since 1994 of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC), Hawaii’s largest Federally Qualified Community Health Center serving more than 38,000 patients through 206,000 clinical visits annually.

Rich graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and also holds a Master of Science from San Jose State University.

Rich is a board member of the National Association of Community Health Centers.  He is an officer of AHARO Hawaii, a health center based network pursuing a unique, value based, and community driven Medicaid payment model. He is past president and current officer of the Association of Asian and Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). He is past chairman of AlohaCare, a community-directed health plan.

Rich is the hānai son of Agnes “Aunty Aggie” Kalanihookaha Cope. His Hawaiian name (given to him by the Elders Council of the WCCHC Native Hawaiian Traditional Healing Center) is Kia‘iikeolamaiola (Guardian for Health and Wellbeing).

Vija M. Sehgal MPH, PhD, MD
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Dr. Vija Sehgal is the Chief Quality Officer and Director of Pediatric Services at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in Waianae, Hawaii.  She serves as a member of the National Association of Community Health Center’s Clinical Practice Committee. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii as well.

Dr. Sehgal graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in both Psychology and Zoology.  She received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan.  She was then awarded a Fellowship from the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to pursue her PhD studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

She conducted her dissertation research, on the transmission of maternal immunity to malaria, at the Institute for Medical Research in Madang, Papua New Guinea.  Dr. Sehgal received her Medical Degree from the University of Miami, completed her Pediatric residency training at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii and is board certified in Pediatrics.  She has been in clinical practice at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for the past 26 years.

Lindsey Tippit
Chief Operations Officer

Lindsey serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC), a large clinic network of 21 sites spanning 6 counties in Texas that provides primary care, integrated behavioral/mental health, comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology, optometry, dentistry, and pharmacy services. LSCC maintains the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation and employs over 600 Texans.  In the past year, LSCC provided over 342,000 visits to 89,000 patients.

Lindsey’s LSCC tenure began over 7 years ago as an Administrative Fellow. Since, she has held the positions of Associate Practice Administrator, Practice Administrator, and Senior Vice President – Operations before moving into her current role as Chief Operations Officer. Prior to joining LSCC, Lindsey held positions in healthcare that included home health and medical laboratory experience.

Lindsey earned both her Bachelor and Master of Healthcare Administration (BHA, MHA) from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. During her time at Texas State, Lindsey directed three intergenerational service-learning programs, earned the Megan Hamid Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Scholarship and Civic Engagement, and served a leadership role in the Bobcat Equality Alliance, supporting campus health initiatives, education, and policy influencing activities with a focus on the LGBT population. In addition, Lindsey participated in Alpha Kappa Delta – Sociology Honors Society, Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society, and the Healthcare Leadership Coalition.