Desired work will focus on improving health outcomes for women, children and families. Working for justice and quality, community led and driven programs. Preferred work would be at the intersection of equitable preventative health and wellness practices and culturally appropriate programs for communities disproportionately affected by inequities.
Inspire and motivate others
Builds long term, quality relationships
Public speaking experience
Innovative, big picture thinker
Fearless champion for change
High integrity and honesty
Deep social, racial and gender justice analysis
Supports leadership development in others
Trauma informed practitioner
Non-profit founding director and global health physician
Social and racial justice program, policy and organizing expertise
Program development and design; curriculum development and training for non-profits and community based organizations
Primary care physician, private practice business owner
Director of Equity and Community EngagementFeb 2016 to Current NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health － Portland, OR
Lead efforts to increase access to comprehensive reproductive health care in Oregon, and to strengthen political support for reproductive health and rights.
Spearhead reproductive justice and health equity program development.
Support the creation and maintenance of strategic community partnerships.
Work in coalition with community partners to support a reproductive justice legislative agenda.
Provide internal operations support to include a reproductive justice framework.
Support committee & board recruitment from diverse groups and communities.
Work with Board and Board committees when needed, including the Equity and Visioning Committees.
Adjunct Faculty School of Research and Graduate Studies, School of Undergraduate StudiesFeb 2014 to Current National University of Natural Medicine
Developed curriculum for graduate students in the Global Health program with a focus on equity, cultural humility, institutionalized oppression within systems and structures and support of positive global citizen development
Developed curriculum for undergraduate students for Culture, Identity and Emotion core class for multiple degree programs
Actively engaging in cultural humility by asking questions and engaging in meaningful dialogue with community members and public health professionals.
Analyzing health system infrastructures at local and national levels including policy and program initiation.
Discussion of ethical standards for conduct of research in international settings.
Engage in discussions about global health work that are empowering to those living in low-middle income countries.
Describe major global health problems and potential social determinants of health and possible solutions to those problems.
Maternal and Child Health Program LeadFeb 2013 to Mar 2016 Oregon Public Health Institute OPHI
Facilitation and convening of the Right From the Start Coalition bringing together partners in childcare, public health, research, and advocacy to collaboratively identify and implement effective strategies for promoting healthy weight in child care settings.
Support of OPHI's collective vision to: Serve as an independent catalyst and convener among local and state public health agencies, private entities, and community-based organizations; Identify and seize opportunities for public policy and systems change, advocating to prevent and resolve health problems and address unmet community health needs; Research and disseminate best practices and innovative policy approaches.
Primary Care PhysicianFeb 2012 to Current Portland, OR
Focus on preventive medicine, pediatrics, women's medicine and family care.
Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
LGBTQ+ affirming and extensive experience working with communities of color.
Safe, welcoming, judgment free space for healing and wellness care.
Working to treat the cause of chronic and acute health conditions.
Community Health Worker Program CoordinatorJan 2012 to Feb 2016 Urban League of Portland
Direct supervision and management of the Community Health Worker team.
Organize funding opportunities and cross sector partnerships through collective action.
Consistent use of deep understanding of the intersection of racial justice, social justice and health equity to empower communities and advocate for policy and systems change.
Successfully submitted and awarded proposals for grant opportunities supporting youth investment, health care transformation and early education opportunities for communities of color.
Coordination of multiple programs including a team of 5 CHWs, 7 programs and grant funds that have increased over 3-fold in the last year.
Trauma Informed Care practices and understanding of vicarious trauma, historical trauma and the trauma associated with the medical care system and communities who face the greatest inequities.
Established partnerships with local schools, collaboration with coordinated care organizations, social service organizations and other organizations providing culturally and linguistically competent services.
Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Staff PhysicianFeb 2011 to Current Naturopaths Without Borders
Co-founder of Oregon non-profit that seeks to empower and build capacity in communities that face limited and inadequate medical care and health services.
We believe health care is a human right, not a privilege for the few.
Supervision of medical students, traditional birth attendant training (midwives), community education forums, initiation of malnutrition program and training, community garden project manager.
Working closely with health care providers and organizations to engage in interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations.
Supervision and Coordination of Community Health Work team, engaging in training, outreach and education in health care, agriculture and public health.
Medical DirectorJan 2011 to May 2012 MamaBaby Haiti Clinic and Birth Center － Haitien, Haiti
General family practice with emphasis on Pediatrics, high volume direct patient care.
Mobile outreach clinics in rural areas, community education classes, neonatal resuscitation classes for traditional birth attendant with rural and suburban area focus.
Education and Training
N.D. Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine2010Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine － Tempe, AZ
B.S, Justice Studies and Social Inquiry Child and Family Studies2004Arizona State University － Tempe, AZJustice Studies and Social Inquiry Child and Family Studies
Social, racial, gender justice knowledge, trained facilitator, early care and education professional, non-profit management, global health professional, Community Health Worker (CHW) program expertise, equity and inclusivity lens and assessment experience, direct patient care, population health programming design and implementation, board development experience, grant writing and strategic planning, social determinants of health framework, trauma informed practices, motivational interviewing, popular education and adult learning principles, curriculum development, professional media experience.
2017-current Physicians for Social Responsibility Advisory Group Member
2016 -current Oregon Community Health Worker Association (ORCHWA) Board member and board secretary
2016-current Oregon Women's Campaign School (OWCS) Board member
2015-current Healing Hurt People Advisory Council Member
2015-2016 SERV-OR Advisory Committee Member
2014-current Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon, Board Member
2015 Western States Center BRAVE Cohort Member
2015 Urban League Social Justice Civic Leadership Cohort Member