You’d be forgiven for thinking that Kipp Bajaj, a naturopath physician at Old Town Clinic, has seen everything. After all, he’s worked in Central City Concern’s clinic settings for 14 years; he’s been with CCC even longer if you include his internships and rotations. But as it turns out, that’s not the case.
“I’m always seeing something new, learning something new. My time here has helped me become a better physician.”
Kipp started at Portland Alternative Health Center (then affectionately known as PAHC, and now known as CCC Recovery Center) and is now a primary care provider at OTC. Though he has seen buildings razed and erected, colleagues come and go, and patients of all stripes, Kipp has always been taken by the mission of Central City Concern. The work that CCC does to help individuals experiencing homelessness, in ill health, or living with addiction progress into a state of stability and wellness is, Kipp admits, idealistic. But time and time again Kipp has seen clients and patients find that better place.
“This place believes in people and it does so with compassion and honesty.”
And what does that belief in those that Central City Concern serves look life in Kipp’s work?
“I see my role as an educator. I hope that the knowledge about health and healing that I communicate to my patients can empower them and open pathways to wellness.”
While he holds himself to a high standard, he remains gracious and exceedingly kind to everyone with whom he crosses paths. These qualities make him beloved by his colleagues and patients, but to Kipp, it’s simply a matter of service.
“This is a place for me to fulfill the need to serve others. I hope my service shows my belief in transformation and change.”
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Kipp's story is part of Central City Concern's week-long series to celebrate National Health Center Week by highlighting just a few of the many extraordinary people who make the work of CCC's health centers possible. The week of August 9 through August 15 is a time to recognize the services and contributions of health centers that provide affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.
Learn more about CCC and National Health Center Week by reading a post introducing this series from Leslie Tallyn, CCC's Chief Clinical Operations Officer.