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Curt began his health care career as a Registered Nurse after graduating from Winona State University in 1997 and then went on to graduate from Rosalind Franklin Universities PA program in 2001. Clinically his experience has been in orthopedic and spine surgery. Curt started a doctoral program in education leadership at Portland State University in the fall of 2014. His research interest is rural interprofessional education (IPE) within the clinical setting. Professionally, his interests include rural health care, workforce development, IPE, leadership, and skills-based medical education.
Laura is passionate about oral health and is committed to seeing oral health integrated into medical offices wherever possible. Laura has served as part of the Medicaid Advisory Committee’s Oral Health Workgroup, and as worked at AllCare—one of Oregon’s 16 Coordinated Care Organizations—for four years. She is keenly aware of the importance of the oral health workforce to provide needed oral health care for all populations, and particularly those individuals covered under the Oregon Health Plan.
Aubrey is the instructor for the Grand Rounds at the National University of Natural Medicine where she incorporates regular lectures on racial equity and disparities into the curriculum. She consistently seeks out options and opportunities for patients regularly to advocate for those who are underserved. She is committed to seeking and discovering more opportunities for underserved patients who face racial disparities in their access to medicine and health care.
Aaron is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). He is currently the Human Resources Director at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, which isowned and operated by the CTUIR. Aaron also worked in the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), prior to working at Yellowhawk. For six years, Aaron served on the Board of Trustees, the governing body of the CTUIR. He was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 as the General Council Chairman. At the age of 23, he was theyoungest person to ever be elected to the General Council Chair position. Aaron also served as Treasurer, where he was responsible for safeguarding all funds and assets of the Tribes.
Jason serves as the Director of Allied Health Programs at Portland Community College, Oregon’s largest Community College. He comes with a rich background in education and health systems administration having served as director of PCC’s Hillsboro Center and Administrative Director at the Family Medicine Residency Program at OHSU. He has a passion for consensus building to solve problems, strategic planning and research and analysis around the future needs of the health care system.
Troy has been a registered nurse for 23 years and has served as a member of the Workforce Committee since 2016. He is interested in bridging the academic and practice environments of nursing and healthcare in general. He leads the nursing and nursing assistant workforce development for Providence Health and Services. He has led a number of strategic workforce initiatives, including the scholarship forgiveness programs, specialized clinical placement programs, residency and on-boarding programs and ongoing professional development. He was a founding member of the continuing education business, Acute Care Education Associates Inc. He has also presented nationally on the topic of clinical-academic partnerships to increase the nursing workforce. He was on the rule committee of Senate Bill 879.
Janus has been a mental health provider and clinic owner since 2009 in Roseburg. She has facilitated education, empowerment and collaboration between primary care providers and specialists in Douglas County by facilitating a community-wide journal club. She is also a long-standing member of the Oregon Nurses Association. In addition she has two decades of experiences in both primary care and psychiatric mental health care, along with her activism both in Oregon and in the nation’ s health care future. She has served on the Workforce Committee since 2016.
Daniel works as the Director of the Dental Health Program at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, and has held multiple positions at VGMHC. Daniel has experienced first-hand the impact of shortages in healthcare professionals, mid-level dental providers (hygienists), and support staff (dental assistants); as well as many of the barriers that keep organizations who serve those with barriers to care from maintaining appropriate levels of staff to serve the community.
Bhavesh has been involved in physician recruiting and understands the challenges in attracting providers into rural areas. His background as a family physician and experience working in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service make him uniquely qualified to be able to analyze and propose improvements to the health care workforce system in Oregon. Bhavesh is interested in equity-based evaluation of the reach of health care services for the diversity of members of a community and where gaps in access occur and serves as Medical Director for the Yamhill Coordinated Care Organization.
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