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“People who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution.”

Our Values

Equity. HealthierHere leads with equity. We work to eliminate disparities in health and well-being and address the current power dynamic and structural racism in our health care system that perpetuates inequities. Read our Equity Definition and Guidelines here

Partnership. Intentional partnerships between government agencies and community and provider partners is critical. No one participant or sector controls the direction, agenda, and decision-making. We take a multi-sector, multi-pronged approach to make systemic change at the local, state, and federal levels.

Results. HealthierHere improves health outcomes across King County, with a particular focus on health equity and eliminating disparities. We prioritize resources and efforts to those most marginalized. We implement strategies that can scale for broader population health impact.

Community. Populations most impacted by health inequities play a substantive role in our work and are valued for their expertise. We ensure community members have what they need to engage effectively and develop formal, ongoing feedback processes for those making decisions to respond to and take action on consumer recommendations.

Innovation. HealthierHere commits to fundamental system transformation. We prioritize strategies that improve health care delivery and address population health, prevention, and the social determinants of health. We model continuous learning.

Staff

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Staff

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Christine Berch

Christine Berch

Accountant/Contract Analyst

Bio coming soon

Alexis Desrosiers

Alexis Desrosiers

Associate Director for Data Strategy

Alexis Desrosiers joins HealthierHere from the Policy and Research Department of the King County Housing Authority. Alexis has nearly 10 years of experience managing data-focused initiatives with nonprofit and public organizations in a variety of sectors, including housing, community-based counseling and advocacy, public health, and emergency and supportive shelter programs. Alexis’ area of focus is building systems and capacities that enable organizations to effectively utilize and leverage data as a tool, including the development and implementation of analytic strategies, performance measurement and management systems, and cross-sector data partnerships. After living and working in New England for more than a decade, Alexis returned home to Seattle in 2016, where she now lives with her wife and two dogs.

Tavish Donahue

Tavish Donahue

Senior Practice Transformation Manager

Tavish Donahue, MPH, MA has close to a decade of experience managing projects and improving processes for healthcare and non-profit organizations. Tavish came to HealthierHere after working in Long-term care and community health, ultimately coming to HealthierHere’s attention while working with Seattle-based affordable and public housing organizations to build a model of embedding Community Health Workers in low-income housing communities with residents from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Early on in her career Tavish was a music writer for an alternative weekly paper in her hometown of Charleston, SC and then spent the early 2000s working in the media/communications world of New York City. She loves the PNW lifestyle and outside of work she can be found frequenting local dog parks, seeing live music, and hiking in the mountains.

Marya Gingrey

Marya Gingrey

Director of Equity and Community Partnerships

Marya Gingrey is a committed Civil Rights and Social Justice Practitioner offering 25 years of successful social justice, equity and human rights experience. She previously served as the Executive Director for the Regional Equity Network. As a transformational leader skilled in vision sharing, consensus building, relational networking and authentic community engagement, Marya has assisted a variety of organizations in their efforts to become more equitable, diverse and inclusive in their programs and service delivery. She has worked to advance Social Justice, Equity and Civil Rights in health, education, housing, employment, transportation and the criminal justice systems. Firmly rooted in the Puget Sound Region, Marya believes in the collective power of community, organizations and institutions working together to create communities where all people can thrive.

Chris Green

Chris Green

Practice Transformation Manager

Chris Green, MSPT, CPHQ, has more than 20 years of experience working in healthcare, both as a clinician (as a physical therapist treating patients across the healthcare spectrum—from outpatient clinics to acute care hospitals) and as a project manager and analyst for health plans (physical and behavioral), delivery systems, and medical equipment companies. After receiving his credential as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality in 2013, Chris moved to Seattle, returning to the Pacific Northwest where he was born and raised. For the last five years, Chris has been highly involved with projects regarding high-risk care management, risk assessment and service alignment, and Bree Collaborative care transformation. When not poring over the latest journal articles regarding healthcare quality, Chris enjoys music, science-fiction entertainment of all forms, and walks in nature with his wife, Marla.

Myani Guetta-Gilbert

Myani Guetta-Gilbert

Community and Tribal Engagement Manager

Myani Guetta-Gilbert joins Healthier Here with years of experience advocating for social justice and racial equity. She has worked on community driven policy advocacy through coalition and community organizing as well as leadership and capacity development. In her earlier years, she worked with children and families as well as communities struggling with behavioral health conditions and substance use disorder. Her passion for authentic and equitable community engagement is driven by her commitment to an intersectional and equity focused approach to fighting for healthy communities. Myani received her Master of Social Work degree with a focus on community development from the University of Washington.

Thuy Hua-Ly

Thuy Hua-Ly

Chief Financial Officer

Thuy Hua-Ly’s expertise includes extensive state government financial background on Medicaid financing mechanisms, rate setting for Medicaid providers, and working with the state legislature. Her prior position as the Chief Financial Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority prepared her for the unique financing structure of the Medicaid Transformation Project. Thuy’s focus is to provide excellent financial support, processes and strategies to ultimately support and make a difference in the lives of the clients we serve.

Abriel Johnny

Abriel Johnny

Community and Tribal Engagement Manager

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Christine Jones

Christine Jones

Administrative Specialist

Christine Jones is a seasoned administrative professional with a wide range of experience. In addition to working for non-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society in Seattle, Christine has also served on the Board of Directors for Country Doctor Community Health Centers (2013 – 2015) and in 2018 achieved the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (P.A.C.E.) Award. Christine earned her degree in Administration overseas and has continued her education in the United States. When not studying, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, arts and crafts, studying languages and traveling.

Victoria Lo

Victoria Lo

Practice Transformation Manager

Victoria’s expertise lies in developing innovative programs for underserved populations. Her previous health delivery transformation experience includes being a founding member of the Medicaid ACO at Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts and launching demonstration projects for the Johns Hopkins Health System in Maryland. After having spent the better part of a decade on the East Coast, this South Seattle native is excited to apply her skills towards improving the well-being of King County residents. In her spare time, Victoria can be found reading up on the latest health policy developments, running, playing board games, or at the theater.

Michael McKee

Michael McKee

Director of Clinical Practice Transformation

Michael McKee has more than 25 years’ experience practicing community and public health education, administration and research in nonprofit, academic and government agencies, serving many diverse communities. Before joining HealthierHere, he was Director of Health Services and Community Partnerships at International Community Health Services. He is passionate about serving those who are often marginalized without a voice at the table and enjoys starting new programs. Areas of interest and experience include: health equity and health disparities for refugee and immigrant populations; community health workers; outreach and enrollment – including health system navigation; culturally and linguistically tailored health education; enabling services; population health and chronic disease self-management.

Susan McLaughlin

Susan McLaughlin

Executive Director

Susan McLaughlin, PhD provides leadership, overall strategy, operations and work to build collaboration across multiple partners working for better health in the King County region.

Susan came to the King County ACH from the King County Department of Community and Human Services as the Health and Human Services Administrator. She has been a pioneer in advocating for family and youth involvement, including authoring a family inclusion model to ensure family and youth voice in systems and program development. Learn more about Susan from the Public Health Insider blog.

Gena Morgan

Gena Morgan

Chief Operating Officer

Creating change for social good through innovation has been a unifying theme of Gena Morgan’s career. For over a decade, she worked to develop programs and partnerships through cross-sector collaboration at PATH and Microsoft. Her work at HealthierHere is an exciting new challenge to leverage cross-sector collaboration and the Medicaid Transformation Project to transform the healthcare delivery system and improve the lives of King County residents. She is excited to join HealthierHere after helping develop and launch the King County Accountable Community of Health as an employee of Seattle-King County Public Health. A Seattle native, Gena has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys working cross-culturally, having traveled in 5 continents for both business and pleasure.

Sara Standish

Sara Standish

Associate Director, Community Information Exchange

Bio coming soon

Melissa Warner

Melissa Warner

Communications Specialist

Melissa Warner transitioned to HealthierHere from Public Health – Seattle & King County, where she supported the Communications and Policy Teams. Her projects there included work with the King County ACH, translation procedures, and newsletter communications. Prior to Public Health, Melissa coordinated public outreach and engagement for the City of Seattle’s animal shelter, and was co-lead on the department’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Change Team. In a previous life, Melissa managed a local small business in the pet care industry for 10 years.

Lisa Watanabe

Lisa Watanabe

Project Manager

Lisa Watanabe joined the team from PATH, a global health non-profit, where she managed strategic planning and organizational change across public health and product development programs. Prior to PATH, she worked as a technology product manager of electronic health records systems, software as a service and mobile applications. As a northwest native, she looks forward to strengthening system-wide coordination and collaboration to address some of the troubling challenges in our region. Outside of work, she enjoys music, art, lectures, reading, and the mountains.

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