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Alisha Moreland-Capuia: 14 People Who Made a Difference in 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
Bryon Beck, GoLocalPDX Features Editor

Alisha Moreland Capuia
As a native Oregonian, Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D., is as dedicated to the Pacific Northwest as she is to improving public health. 

Her Oregon Health & Science University biography, where she works, lists her as a “physician, scholar, educator and orator.”

Dr. Moreland-Capuia is paving roads, figuratively, boasting a proven track record for implementing health initiatives here in Portland, including her new role as the newly appointed Chief Medical Director for Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon. 

Moreland-Capuia holds the honor as the first African American native Oregonian to become a board certified psychiatrist. 

According to her bio, Moreland-Capuia’s “thought leadership mobilizes our community to respond to critical social needs of the day” and OHSU calls her a “rising star with a fierce commitment to compassionate and intelligent leadership.”

Dr. Moreland-Capuia earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from George Washington University. After medical school, Dr. Moreland-Capuia returned to Portland, where she completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). At OHSU, Dr. Moreland-Capuia developed a national violence prevention program, Healing Hurt People (HHP) Portland. 

In addition to her role as chief medical director for VOA Oregon, Dr. Moreland-Capuia continues her tenure at OHSU as director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing and as an assistant professor of psychiatry.

Her bio concludes: “With deep roots in and a steadfast commitment to serve the community she comes from, Dr. Moreland­ Capuia holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist. Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards and is a former appointee to the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. An acclaimed leader and speaker, Dr. Moreland-Capuia lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother.”

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    Psychiatrist

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    Dr. Moreland-Capuia is paving roads, figuratively, boasting a proven track record for implementing health initiatives here in Portland, including her new role as the newly appointed Chief Medical Director for Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon. 

    Moreland-Capuia holds the honor as the first African American native-Oregonian to become a board certified psychiatrist. 

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