Welcome Our Newest Board Member, Beth Otterstein, FNP

Our newest board member, Beth Otterstein, FNP brings with her a wealth of knowledge as a community health nurse.

North Country HealthCare Foundation is thrilled to welcome our newest Board member, Beth Otterstein, FNP. Beth brings unique perspective to the group, as she recently retired from North Country HealthCare after six years with the organization. Beth started at North Country HealthCare in Flagstaff as a nurse practitioner in the OB/GYN department. She then transitioned to the clinical coordinator for a North Country HealthCare program called Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault (NACASA). In this role, her main responsibilities were training and coordinating the duties of the forensic nurses who provided compassionate care, treatment and forensic exams to women who experienced sexual assault and domestic violence. Beth also served for a time as the program coordinator for HealthPartners, a program created by North Country HealthCare to help patients address social factors that affect their health, what are called “social determinants of health.”

Beth has a long history of caring for the community as a nurse practitioner. She worked at Planned Parenthood for 32 years and for the Coconino County Health Department (now called Health and Human Services) for 15 years. Throughout those years, Beth offered prenatal care at private offices in the community.

Beth retired from her career as a nurse last December, but she is keeping herself as busy as ever! She serves on a total of four boards – North Country HealthCare Foundation, the Guidance Center, Cancer Support Community of Arizona and on her church’s governing board.

With the free time she has left, Beth has delved into a “master gardener” class through the University of Arizona. She is also enjoying reading and working down her bucket list.

Beth is passionate about community health, and she is excited to utilize her experience in the field as she serves on the Board.

“I’ve been a community health nurse for 15 years. I believe strongly in what we give back to our communities. Community health is vital to the entirety of the community, not just the neighborhood where it sits,” Beth said. “This model of care is a concept that people don’t grasp because we’ve gotten away from community health. The concept isn’t as engrained with people as it used to be.”

Beth hopes that during her time on the Board, she’ll help others connect with North Country HealthCare through their knowledge, abilities and giving. Please join us in welcoming Beth!

North Country HealthCare Foundation’s Board is growing! If you or someone you know is looking to give back to communities throughout northern Arizona, please contact us today!

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