I came to the Elevate Health inspired to work alongside our regional partners and address health inequities. I’m here to demonstrate we can do things differently to improve the overall well-being of our community.
Sarah is keen on process but thrives in creativity. She is found often infused in community and partaking in various art forms, especially letterpress and printmaking, to capture the wild beauty found here in the Pacific Northwest.
Sarah is the Clinical Director of the Care Continuum Network for Elevate Health, and uses her same artful eye and careful attention to process to guide and facilitate sustainable changes for the health and well-being of our community. She is passionate about her work with the community and consistently uses this as her medium to address systemic issues in healthcare access. As a nurse, Sarah sees the limitations in our current health care system. Sarah is a strong believer that to transform our fragmented health care system, we must work closely with patients and families throughout the process.
Sarah knows first-hand the challenges to maintain good health. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, she navigated the Medicaid systems in Washington and Ohio with her partner when he underwent heart surgery from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. The process was difficult and scary, but having access to healthcare coverage helped. She uses her personal experiences as well as the stories of her patients and their families as brush strokes to capture the human story and transform the narrative of struggle into action. She proudly serves as a volunteer nurse at the Trinity Neighborhood Clinic in the Hilltop/Bryant neighborhood of Tacoma.
Sarah’s spirit of caring encapsulates collaboration and community partnership. Sarah supports our clinical and community-based organization partners in Medicaid Transformation Projects. She is also the co-designer of a complex, community-based care coordination program within the Elevate Health Care Continuum Network. Sarah offers extensive knowledge in clinical practice and quality improvement methodology with years of experience in direct care, public health and managed care.
Sarah is a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Pacific Lutheran University, where she focused on care and outcomes improvement. She’s ready to use this knowledge in her career to continue working for greater change.