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“People who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Kelsey studied Linguistics, with a focus in deaf studies at the University of Washington. She is excited to join the HealthierHere team as their Executive Assistant. Kelsey has a passion for service and spends much of her free time volunteering locally and in Central America. She is an avid hockey fan and can’t wait for the NHL to come to Seattle.
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.
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