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Laura is passionate about oral health and is committed to the quadruple aim. Integration of oral/physical/and behavioral health is importnat in offices wherever possible. Laura participates at a National level to represent Oregon on the Oral Helath Progress and Equity Network and the National Rural Health Association Oral Health Workgroup. Laura has been with AllCare CCO for 9 years, and she is keenly aware of the inportance 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 a primary care physician at Central City Concern's Blackburn Center. She is a graduate of NUNM in 2019 where she received her residency training. She consistently seeks out options and opportunities to advocate for underserved communities. She also serves as a committee member for the Columbia Wound Care Community.
Bob has been involved in health care mental health system design and improvement in Oregon and nationally for the past 30 years, serving ten years on the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, as Chair of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Advisory Committee for the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services Division, as well as founding co-chair of the Children's System Advisory Committee, later the statewide Wraparound Committee for the Addictions and Mental Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. Additionally, Bob contributed to the creation of Oregon's psychiatric residential system as well as the development of the Oregon Health Plan. He has served on the Metrics Workgroup of the Oregon Health Plan Transformation and served on the Behavioral Health Collaborative of OHA. Bob helped found a psychiatric mental health program for youth and families, serving in positions of progressive responsibility, including as CEO for 29 years.
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.
Alayna is a general dentist and dental director at La Clinica, a federally qualified health center in Medford, Oregon. She earned her DMD with honor from OHSU and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Washington, DC. She has a passion for health equity and served as chair of La Clinica's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion council. She is Editor for the Oregon Dental Association, and a member of the ADA's New Dentist Committee. She enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking with her partner, Sean. She doesn't have a dog... yet.
Bhavesh is interested in equity-based evaluation of the reach of health care services for the diversity of members of the community and where gaps in access occur. He serves as Associate Medical Director for PacificSource, serving Marion and Polk counties. He understands the challenges in attracting providers into rural areas and especially of the need to develop a health care workforce to reflect the local population. He also is sensitive to the strain felt in provider practices and supports the need to reduce burnout. He upholds the value of integration of work force and skill sets in primary care to help achieve better access and higher quality of care. 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.
Daniel works as the Dental Program Manager 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.
Alycia is a family medicine physician and the
medical director and founding associate program director for the OHSU
Health Hillsboro Medical Center (HMC) Primary Care clinic, South
Hillsboro and OHSU HMC Family Medicine Residency Program. She is
originally from the island of O'ahu where she grew up in a multicultural
melting pot that taught her about the beauty of our
cultural differences. She has traveled to countries such as Japan,
Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines and participated in their vastly
different medical education and health care systems. She is
passionate and focused about community health and outreach, global health,
social justice and treating our underserved populations. She is the diversity
lead of her faculty group and is active in multiple DEI committees within OHSU
and HMC. In particular she is a member of DISC (Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion Sub-Committee) which provides DEI guidance to all graduate
medical education programs at OHSU, including recruitment practices for a more
diverse healthcare workforce of resident physicians and faculty.
Gretchen is a public health professional who
traces her commitment to improving community health to early social justice
work. Originally from the Midwest, she moved to Portland in 1998 to intern with
the Working Families Party. Gretchen has since worked for a variety of
Oregon-based organizations focused on upstream community-based solutions
including Western States Center, REACH Community Development, and Oregon
College of Oriental Medicine. In 2014, she started a consulting business,
Sikhara Group, to help organizations build upstream-focused strategic plans,
develop and evaluate programs, advance research, and create sustainable funding
streams. Gretchen currently works for PacificSource Health Plans where she
helps advance health care delivery innovations including access to culturally
and linguistically appropriate care and traditional health workers, provider
pipeline development projects, and managing the PacificSource Community Health
Excellence (CHE) grants program for providers.
Ian spent 20 of the last 40 years working for a Healthcare for the Homeless Program (an FQHC) including 10 years as a Crisis Counselor/Supervisor. Counseling clients in crisis gave him an opportunity to put his own lived experience of homelessness to good use. Ian traveled extensively in Mexico, Central and South America. As a person of mixed racial parentage who looks very white, and is a Spanish speaker, his experience of people's lives and cultures in these areas has provided Ian with a very humanist perspective and a passion for making high quality healthcare available for all peoples. As an administrator in medical clinics (FQHC, School Based Health Center, and Community College Health Center) for 12+ years, Ian has seen how race can become a barrier to accessing healthcare and succeeding in its use. This cross-cultural experience is something I can bring to these efforts. Additionally, Ian has training in massage therapy.
Côi is a first generation refugee from Vietnam, born in a refugee camp in Malaysia, and has called Oregon home for over four decades. She has dedicated over twenty years in social services and advocacy for underrepresented communities. Côi is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, and worked at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) as their Director of the Pacific Islander and Asian Family Center. She is the Governor appointed State of Oregon Youth Development Council-person, Attorney General appointed Biased and Hate Crime Steering Committee member, Mayor appointed City of Portland Human Rights Commissioner, State of Oregon Racial Justice Health Equity advisor and Board Member and Treasurer for the Coalition of Communities of Color C4 Building Power for Communities of Color. Her identity and background continues to be the catalyst for her passionate work with communities of color, the immigrant and refugee communities, and underrepresented and low-income communities.
Larissa Mejia-Medina is a graduate of Oregon
Health & Science University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2011,
she has been working at Rogue Community Health for almost 9 years. Presently,
as their Quality Improvement Nurse Director. Larissa has been a resident of the
Rogue Valley since the age of 11 and is passionate about delivering high
quality, compassionate care to all our community members. As well as helping to
reduce health disparities, health cost and barriers to care without
compromising integrity or quality. Currently, Larissa serves as a board member
of the Jackson County Health Advisory Board and a Board Member of the Kids
Unlimited Academy White City Charter School.
She has also served as a board member for Addictions Recovery Center
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