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Meet the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Team!

Welcome 25 public health professionals who have joined the Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA team from around the country. In a year of national service they will help build Oregon's capacity to reduce poverty and improve public health.

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Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith joins our team as one of the Fall 2019 VISTA Leaders! She received her bachelor’s degree in health education from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Charlotte spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Pima County Health Department in Tucson, Arizona as a program assistant for their Prevention Services team. She worked on opioid misuse prevention, STD prevention and education on the county's teen mobile clinic, and partnership building for the health department's teen pregnancy prevention program, as well as running the health department's Healthy Pima initiative social media. After this year of national service, Charlotte hopes to work at the state or local government level to evaluate health education and improve community wellness. A fun fact about Charlotte is that she swam competitively for 13 years!
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Originally from Freehold, New Jersey, Mike Salvatore joins us as the Spring 2020-2021 VISTA Leader! Mike graduated in 2018 from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a BA in international affairs and geography. While in school, he interned with the American Public Health Association and HealthHIV, where he developed online training materials for HIV-related organizations and developed a passion for public health. After graduation, he served in the Peace Corps in Botswana, where he worked with a community to improve the ability of NGOs and schools to provide HIV education and care to the community. After Mike’s year as a VISTA Leader, he hopes to earn an MPH in Global Health and work to improve public health outcomes around the world. Mike is excited to work with the VISTA team and looks forward to spending a year in a new city. Fun fact - This is Mike’s first time in Oregon!

Welcome the Fall 2019-2020 Oregon Health Authority VISTA Team

Alex Chau is originally from Portland and is serving as the Oregon Rural Healthcare Access VISTA in the same city. He received his B.S. in Biology from Portland State University and his future goal is to become a doctor to serve the needs of underserved communities. He volunteered with the Casey Eye Institute’s Mobile Clinic to provide eye screenings to rural and underserved communities in Oregon. He also volunteered with the local nonprofit youth organization called Chess for Success to develop critical thinking skills in young kids through mastery of chess. An interesting fact about Alex is that he spent several months in Peru and Bolivia climbing 5000+ meter peaks!
Originally from Henderson, Nevada, Allison Mora joins us as the Familias en Acción Development and Communications VISTA in Portland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a minor in Global Studies from Portland State University. Her studies focused on intersectionality, social justice, and decolonizing methodologies. She has interned with Cascades AIDS Project to work on designing and implementing a grant-funded project that aims to understand cervical cancer screening disparities amongst the LGBTQ+ population in Portland. She hopes to receive her MPH in Public Health Policy and Management and apply that knowledge to work with marginalized communities to foster respect and accountability between institutions and communities as well as help communities strive towards sustainability, sovereignty, and cultural revitalization. A cool fact about Allison is that she has varying levels of fluency in five languages!

Ashley Hines is coming to the OHA VISTA team from Baltimore to serve as the Waterfall Community Health Center Social Determinants of Health VISTA in North Bend. Ashley attended Towson University and received a degree in Biology and Community Health Education. Ashley has worked in the medical field, and after her VISTA year would like to pursue nursing and continue community health work. An interesting fact about Ashley is that she wants to skydive but is afraid of heights!
Carys Fritz rejoins our team as the North Central Public Health Promotion VISTA! Previously, she served with Lines for Life as their Communications VISTA, where she developed effective communication strategies that connected economically disadvantaged individuals with mental health support and services. Prior to her AmeriCorps service, Carys studied public relations at Illinois State University and volunteered with World Merit, a non-governmental organization focused on international affairs and global health. After this year of national service, Carys plans to continue her education in communications and public health in graduate school. A fun fact about Carys is that she is a big fan of theater, and she acted in her first commercial during her first year of service.
Judy Tan moved to Portland from El Monte, California, to serve with Multnomah County as their Healthy Homes and Communities VISTA. Judy attended Georgetown University to study human science, and used her education to volunteer for One Tent Health in Washington, DC to perform HIV screening exams throughout the community. After graduating, Judy served as the Behavioral Health VISTA for Fond du Lac Band. Her biggest accomplishment from her first year of national service was community programming to combat the opioid epidemic in Lake Superior Chippewa. After serving as a VISTA on our team, Judy plans to pursue a master’s in public health. In her free time, Judy is an avid “professional amateur cook”!
Kate Broadwell is coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to serve as the Oregon Rural Healthcare Outreach VISTA in Portland. She received her degree in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina. She has spent the last few years teaching English in places like Northeastern France and La Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. Kate hopes to one day earn a master’s in public health and is hoping this year in VISTA will help her to learn how to apply her passions of community health, food justice, and sustainability in the real world. A fun fact about Kate is that she once did a road trip around Iceland in a camper van!
Sticking with our team for his second year of national service is Michael Burton! He serves with Coos Health and Wellness as the Coos County Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps VISTA. Before joining our team, Michael graduated with a degree in communication studies and population health management from Oregon Tech, where he gained experience working with youth at the local YMCA and elementary school. This past year, Michael led multiple community-wide preparedness exercises and trainings. He also created evacuation flyers to be used in the event of a disaster. After this year of service, Michael hopes to attend graduate school, get a full-time position with Coos Health and Wellness, and publish a novel!
Originally from Winston, Oregon, Niki Morales is the Jefferson County Public Health Accreditation VISTA in Madras. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Oregon State University with a focus on Health Promotion and Health Behavior. She worked for the Oregon State University’s Extension Service as a Nutrition Education Program Assistant where she taught nutrition in elementary schools. She also interned as an assistant teacher with the Corvallis Environmental Center at their nature day camps. Her future goal is to receive her graduate degree in Public Health. One fun fact about Nikita is that she backpacked through Central America for a month!
Riley Appelgren relocated from Hillman, Michigan to Portland, Oregon to serve as the SERV-OR VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority's Health Secrurity, Preparedness and Response program (HSPR)! Riley studied psychology and community health while attending Central Michigan University. She worked as a teaching assistant in a human anatomy lab with cadavers and as a forensic psychology research assistant. After completing her year of national service, Riley plans to attend graduate school for a master's degree in public health policy or epidemiology. This will allow Riley to influence global public health policy to advocate for better access to health care. A fun fact about Riley is that she loves backcountry camping, and she will be camping for her entire week-long road trip to Portland!
Rose DeRoo is joining the team from Eastpointe, Michigan to serve as the Lincoln County Public Health’s Health Equity VISTA in Newport. Rose received her degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has interned with the Ingram County Circuit in Juvenile Probation and worked as an adoption investigator! Rose hopes that her year as a VISTA will help her determine whether to pursue a master’s in Social Work or Public Health. While at Michigan State University, Rose minored in Chinese!
Relocating from Burnsville, Minnesota, Jenna Kacheroski is serving at Coos Health and Wellness as the Breastfeeding and Health Equity Coordinator VISTA in Coos Bay. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied Forensic Science. During college, Jenna went on a medical-service trip to Peru, which sparked her interest in public health!
Originally from Lake Oswego, Oregon, Julia Winett is serving at Multnomah County as the Opioid Safety and Recovery VISTA. Julia graduated from Oregon State University where she studied public health, specifically health promotion and health behavior. A unique fact about Julia is if she could only choose one food to live off of for the rest of her life, she would choose garbanzo beans!
Relocating from her hometown of Portland, Oregon to Tillamook County, Shelby Porter is serving at the Diabetes Prevention and Community Health Promotion VISTA at Tillamook County Health Department. Before her year of service, Shelby studied public health with a focus on health promotion and health behavior at Oregon State University as well as working as a volunteer at OHSU in Emergency Medicine helping screen and enroll patients in qualified studies. A fun fact about Shelby is she loves being outdoors for hiking and running!
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Originally from Kentucky, Hollis Hubbard is serving at Deschutes County Health Services as the Public Health VISTA. Hollis will be working on the Youth Action Council at La Pine High School in partnership with their School Based Health Center to help decrease barriers for low-income youth seeking health services. Hollis will also be working with the Health Equity Task Force in Deschutes County to provide guidance around advancing equity from a public health and poverty perspective.

Welcome the Spring 2020-2021 Oregon Health Authority VISTA Team

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Tre Madden is joining the OHA VISTA Team from Portland to serve as the Reaccreditation and Outreach VISTA at Crook County Health Department in Prineville!  Born into an active military family, Tre bounced around the South and eventually settled in Shenandoah Valley in Berryville, Virginia. In 2010, they graduated with top marks and an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and started attending Vassar College in the Hudson Valley of New York, where they earned their Bachelor of Arts in drama in 2014. Passionate about LGBQTIA2S+ resilience, collective healing, liberation theology, ethical herbalism, and public radio, they love to learn new things every day that deepen their senses of empathy and awe. Earlier this year, they were privileged enough to work in Salem at the Legislative Research and Policy Office, wherein they heard the concerns of representatives, citizen-activists, and tribes from around the state.
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Willow Murdock joins the team as the Statewide Ombuds Program VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority Ombuds Program! As a former military dependent, Willow is from all over, but they’ve called Oregon home for the past six years. Willow graduated from the University of Portland in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and policy, since then working as a cook and getting involved volunteering with Oregon State University (OSU) Master Gardeners. They recently returned to Portland from a winter practice period at Great Vow Zen Buddhist Monastery in Clatskanie, OR. They consider themselves a dedicated practitioner of meditation and Qi Gong. Willow is interested in the intersections of mental, physical, and environmental health, and is considering pursuing a career in social work with a focus on public health. They are very excited for the opportunity to work with OHA VISTA, to be a part of and learn from an organization on the cutting edge of what it means to support public health.
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Originally from Ashland, Oregon, Maya Roe-Bauer joins our team as the Health Equity and Quality Improvement VISTA at the Oregon Primary Care Association in Portland! Maya has been living in Portland for three years attending Portland State University and will be graduating in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in community health promotion. While a student, Maya interned with the Multicultural Kidney Education Program and The Red Cross. She also taught fitness classes and volunteered abroad. A fun fact about Maya is that she has done two study abroad trips, one in South America and one in India! Maya is excited to stay in Portland to serve with the OHA VISTA team and is looking forward to learning and exploring a field of public health she may want to make a career out of.
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Coming from Gadsden, Alabama, Savannah New joins the team as the HIV Food Security Coordinator VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority HIV, STD, and TB Program in Portland! Savannah is graduating in May 2020 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in public health with a minor in gender studies. Previously she interned at the 1917 HIV Clinic at the UAB and the Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health. Savannah is excited to explore issues of poverty and access to nutrition and how they affect the HIV+ community in Oregon. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. One fun fact about Savannah is that she spent a semester of college in Seoul, South Korea where she learned a bit of Korean and ate a ton of kimchi.
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Victoria Ross, originally from Hesperia, Michigan, is joining the team to serve as the Education and Outreach VISTA at HIV Alliance in Eugene, Oregon! Victoria attended Central Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. While in undergrad, she volunteered with a program called Safer Sex Patrol which is where her interest and passion in educating about STIs blossomed. Victoria’s career goals are to receive a Master of Public Health degree, concentrating on epidemiology. She is very excited to be serving at HIV Alliance and to learn more about how Latinx communities are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDs. An interesting fact about Victoria is that she worked on an island last summer, and while she was there she picked up a giant snapping turtle by the tail (Steve Irwin style) and transported it to a safe spot using a cooler!
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Originally from Milwaukie, Oregon, Alexis Martinez is joining the team to serve as the Health Equity and Inclusion Program Development VISTA at Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine in Oregon City! She recently graduated from Western Oregon University and has a wide array of volunteer experiences from ZooTeens at the Oregon Metro Zoo to HPV/HPVV Advocacy with the Oregon Pacific Health Education Center. Alexis interned as a program coordinator for the Western Oregon University (WOU) Food Pantry. Her career goal is to work in Health Promotion and Programming. An interesting fact about Alexis is that she had a liver transplant at the age of eight. The aspect of the upcoming VISTA year she is most excited for are the opportunities to go to different conferences and seminars!
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Originally from Houston, Texas, Prachi Patel is joining the team to serve as the EMS and Trauma Systems Program VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems Program. Prachi recently graduated from Whitman College where she studied biology and art. While attending Whitman, she volunteered at the SOS Clinic in Walla Walla, a free clinic that provides medical services to underserved populations, where she helped patients schedule appointments and communicated with labs who worked with the clinic. After her year of service, Prachi plans to start medical school. A fun fact about Prachi is that she is an artist and enjoys spending time outside!
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Coming from Rochester, New York, Mira Ramesh joins the team as the Volunteer Program Developer VISTA at the Borland Free Clinic in Tualatin, Oregon! Mira attended Cornell University, where she majored in human biology, health, and society and minored in global health and Spanish. During college, she interned in Zambia, Rwanda and Honduras. Through these experiences, Mira became interested in promoting community-based health and education development, both domestically and internationally which led her to serve in the Peace Corps. Mira served in Sierra Leone as a STEM teacher in the northwestern part of the country. She is interested in attending a combined MD/MPH program. Since the Peace Corps gave Mira experience in international development, during her VISTA year she is looking forward to learning about the barriers to poverty reduction and access to healthcare which exist on a more domestic level.
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Originally from San Jose, California, Katie Mannina is joining the team as the Population Health VISTA at Lake Health District! Katie received her bachelor’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans. She volunteered with Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and Ronald McDonald House Charities throughout her time at Tulane. After her VISTA year, Katie plans to earn a Master of Public Health and work toward addressing food insecurity at a nonprofit or a food bank. Katie is looking forward to living in a small town and getting to know the community by working with them. She also hopes to do a lot of hiking around southeastern Oregon. Fun fact – Katie got her motorcycle license in August of 2019!

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