Falmouth – Dr. Stephanie Prior, a board-certified family practice physician, has been selected as the Barnstable District Medical Society’s 2020 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician. The Barnstable District Medical Society encompasses Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Dr. Prior has many years’ experience caring for her patients both in the community health center setting, as well as her previous work in private practice in Bourne. She was also a long-time physician volunteer at Community Health Center of Cape Cod before joining their team as primary care provider in their Falmouth office. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed her residency and clinical training at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital/Brown University in Pawtucket, RI. Dr. Prior is affiliated with Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital. Prior to beginning her medical career on Cape Cod, Dr. Prior worked for 13 years at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA and helped start the family practice residency there. Besides her unwavering commitment to her patients at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Dr. Prior also volunteered as part of a team from Heart to Heart International, an organization that strives to strengthen communities by improving healthcare access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief efforts worldwide using volunteers and partners. Dr. Prior was a volunteer in Haiti in 2016 and Puerto Rico in 2017 after the devastation of Hurricanes Matthew and Maria. Dr. Prior also volunteers as a Big Sister mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod program and participated with Cape Cares in Honduras. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Barnstable District Medical Society had to forego its annual meeting last May, the highlight of which was to have been the presentation of the 2020 Community Clinician of the Year Award to Dr. Prior with her family, friends and colleagues in attendance. In lieu of the public ceremony, Dr. Kenneth Heisler, President of the Barnstable District Medical Society, delivered the plaque honoring Dr. Prior for outstanding work at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, her volunteer efforts for this community and her humanitarian service abroad. The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the organization’s 20 District Societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community. The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs. Community Health Center of Cape Cod is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, and their mission is to improve the health of our community through the provision of comprehensive, high quality, compassionate health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Services include primary and preventive care, dental care, behavioral health, pharmacy, optometry, women’s health, substance use disorder services and telehealth, at locations in Bourne, Centerville, Falmouth, and Mashpee. Visit the Health Center online at www.CHCofCapeCod.org.