Residents of Pierce County with diverse backgrounds who come together with a shared goal of elevating the voices of the people around them. They help guide the work Elevate Health is doing to improve healthcare in our region.
Ann is a member of the Pierce County ACH Community Advisory Committee and the Tacoma Ministerial and several other organizations serving the residents of Pierce County.
I started being an advocate for him and others. With my years of experience, it made it more of a passion for helping change the broken system.
Now that my husband is gone, I spend more time involved in an organization that is working to make a change. I found the community accountable for health in Pierce County. And have been on the Community Voice at evolved into the Community Advisory Council.
A native New Yorker, Cheri’s passion for transforming the lives of Vulnerable Populations was a result of her work at United Indians of all Tribes Foundation, the City of Seattle, Washington State, Neighbor Care Health Clinic and United Health Care.
Cheri received her MBA with a specialization in Organizational Leadership at New York Institute of Technology, BS in Integrated Marketing at Fashion Institute of Technology and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Keller Graduate School at DeVry University.
Cheri currently works as a Community Engagement and Resource and Service Provider, contracted by DSHS/DDA. She sits on the Board of Directors for Exceptional Families and is a committee member of the Community Advisory Council for ACH, CHW Coalition, Pierce County ACAC and Human Services Coalition.
She brings passion and personal experience with systems access. Doreen will say, "my first role is I am a Mom of a child on Medicaid who works to access these services, but also I am a bridge builder and community advocate. I care about all people in our Pierce County family having access and a voice. I am most excited about the pathways hub that is supporting pregnant women and people with multiple health concerns. This model that provides 1:1 community-based human supports is what I believe works best."
She moved to Ft. Hood, Texas, where I met and married my current husband. We have four children and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Several Military moves and working in different hospitals; later, they finally returned to Washington, and her husband retired from the Military. Emily joined the American Red Cross, where she served for two years; worked on the Disaster team. She continued to work in local hospitals until her retirement in 2016.
Emily serves on several organizations: Leader's In Women's Health, Treasurer, (LIWH) Women Men Youth of Purpose (WMYP) Community Advisory Council(CAC), and Health Minister at my Church. She also works in the community as a health advocate to help improve disparities in the medical arena to build Pt/Dr relationships through education and communication. It is an honor to be able to serve in the communities.
I am also an 11-year late-stage cancer survivor. I have been part of the recovery community for over 20 years. I am passionate about serving marginalized populations and am currently serving as the Program Manager of Disability Services for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region. I have over ten years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in various settings. I am most interested in finding solutions through collaboration and partnership. I believe that together there is nothing that a collective cannot solve.
My first experience with healthcare in Pierce County was when I relocated here five years ago and needed to find an oncologist to oversee my cancer treatment. Over the course of my time here in Washington, I have received my health care through Washington Apple Health and my employer. Both experiences provided the healthcare that I required.
In 2011, Kirby had a near-deadly scuba diving accident. He lost most of his vision due to a severe stroke and was forced to retire. Kirby chooses to continue to serve his community in the only way he is able.
He volunteered and was elected as a precinct committee officer, State Committee Man, Pierce County representative for his legislative district, Trustee at his church, and even ran for Fire Commissioner. Kirby served as a steering committee member for Whole Washington, promoting health care for all.
Kirby joined his local grange and took the office of the executive board member, gatekeeper, and Steward of the Pierce County Grange.
He serves as a member of the Buckley and Prairie Ridge community coalitions, taking an active role in community dinners, a community garden, and the summer youth programs.
He is a proud father of three and a grandparent of five boys from ten months to 15 years old. Kirby still married to my 9th-grade sweetheart, and they will be celebrating our 40th anniversary this December.
I now work with Beecher’s Foundation teaching the public to understand processed food labels better and also with Mercy Housing and CHW with GEN Health. I am a member of Amvets Ladies Auxiliary, Americanism,
and teaching Tai Chi to Veterans.
Instead of just looking at Homeless Prevention as a program to help pay rent and utilities, it seemed necessary to serve people as a whole, which meant identifying additional factors affecting housing stability. As more individuals shared their stories about accessing healthcare, transportation was the most common barrier, and care coordination was the most common frustration.
Being a member of the Community Advisory Council allows me to empower individuals who feel that their voice is not heard. When I participated in the previous Community Voice Council, individuals appreciated knowing that someone was willing to share their concerns with those who are able to drive and influence change to existing systems and policies.
Participating in a collaboration that focuses on improving health outcomes has been a positive impact on the program I manage. Being able to navigate individuals to healthcare programs and services they are eligible for has been a great contribution to improving housing stability. The ability to better inform individuals on how the programs operate beforehand has increased. They are follow-through in accessing needed services. For the past year, I have been able to navigate mothers to organizations participating in the Pathways Community HUB for pre-pregnancy and post-birth services. As I continue to address transportation and housing barriers for individuals, I look forward to working with others to create solutions to remove these barriers that can affect an individual’s healthcare and improve health outcomes for Medicaid recipients in Pierce County.