I believe that the health of a community is reflected by how it’s most vulnerable are treated. I am excited by the opportunity we have here, at Elevate Health, to work across sectors to design a healthier community in Pierce County and beyond.
As a daughter of migrant farm working parents from the Yakima Valley, Marilena was raised with the conviction that access to healthcare for all is a basic human right.
Now, in the role of the Director of Health Innovations at Elevate Health, Marilena brings experience working in two large federally qualified healthcare delivery systems in Washington State. Marilena has a record of designing and improving programs within highly regulated, federally funded environments serving diverse patient populations. She brings a spirit of inclusion with equity at the forefront of her leadership approach.
Marilena is working to create a community health information exchange and will convene regional partners to design programs and approaches that address systemic factors impacting an individual’s health. Using historical and predictive data sets, Marilena and the Innovations Team will create a holistic approach to community health improvement. They will continue to drive Elevate Health’s transformation efforts across the region and ensure best practices are scaled and spread.
Marilena’s ability to simplify complex concepts and lead with listening helps teams at Elevate Health to quickly find solutions, and allows for her to connect with the public and patients in humble and authentic ways.