Trainings through King County CHW-CARE are designed and led by seasoned CHWs within the partner organizations. Partner organizations include, Public Health Seattle & King County, Center for Multi-Cultural Health, Global to Local, International Community Health Services, Healthier-Here, Healthy King County Coalition, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. CHWs come from a combination of community based, clinic, and home visiting programs.
Amelia is Community Health Worker with Community Network Council (CNC). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health. Currently, she is dedicating her work to youth empowerment, equipping, and esteeming through academic coaching, health advocacy, outreaches, educational sessions, etc. She believes the best part of being a CHW is being able to mentor and share opportunities with youth & families. On her free time, she enjoys bonding with family and friends.
Deborah Drake Vassar, I work for Center for Multicultural Health as a CHW. I have been working in Social Services for about 15 years with an emphasis on Healthcare and Advocacy for Low Income and People of Color. I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. I enjoy my job and I take great pride on serving the clients I served. I have the great privilege to work with DOH and currently work on three Leadership committees developing Leadership skills for myself and participating in creating new training opportunities for CHWs in education, job development and career recognition. In my spare time, the fun things I like to do is playing card games with my grandchildren and BEATING THEM!! I love to cook and create new dishes with my family. I love life with my family and friends.
Deeqo Ibrahim is passionate about health and wellness issues, such as childhood obesity, hypertension, healthcare disparities, infectious disease epidemics, the environment and health, and workplace safety, just to name a few. She is a great advocate for people with no voice. She wants to bring social change in her community and help improve the quality of life for others. Deeqo has over 10 years serving the community and working in various health settings. Currently Deeqo is a Community Health Worker with Global to Local where she works directly with patients and their families to address social determinants of health including transportation, housing, health insurance, food security and access to community resources and social services.
Ms. Eudora Lowery Carter, Project Coordinator, at Center for Multicultural Health; As the project coordinator for CMCH, Eudora currently conducts community outreach, recruitment, cancer prevention education on early detection and patient navigation in communities of color. Coordinating medically underserved African American women and women of African descent, by referral, to a medical clinic for health care, annual examinations, mammography screenings and diagnostic follow-up services. She has supported patient health advocacy, community outreach and education to medically underserved communities for national, state and local health and wellness programs working with diverse communities within a challenging healthcare system for over twenty-five years.
Janelle Okorogu received her B.S. from Oakwood University in Alabama and her M.S. degree in Microbiology from Alabama A&M University. She furthered her studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her MPH in Epidemiology. Janelle is currently the program director at the Center for Multicultural Health where she builds community capacity and helps implement culturally appropriate strategies aimed at reducing health disparities in Black / African American communities. Janelle is the co-creator of the Fight the Power of Tobacco a Cessation Toolkit and the Soul Food Resource Guide. Both have been adopted by local community based and faith-based organizations that are making policy systems and environmental changes within their organizations.
Jiwon Kim – Community Access Supervisor @ICHS(International Community Health Services) Understanding different communities and community organizations and removing their barriers to access healthcare and resources are important for me and my team. I like to go hiking to the mountains and lakes with my family and dogs. I can be refreshed by what I see, smell and breathe there.
Kim is a CHW ally at Public Health Seattle & King County who provides administrative support to the CHW CARE Team. Kim has been working with CHWs since 2016 and believes that CHWs are critical in connecting communities to health and social services in a way that is warm, culturally appropriate, and meets people where they are. In her free time Kim enjoys cooking and watching comedy.
Lara Sim, CBS, CHW. Director of Community Health at Seattle Children’s. One thing that is important about community health work that I love and appreciate is the ability and privilege to amplify the voices of our patient families. It is their experience(s) that shape how we do our work and make it better every day.
Selam Ogbazghi, BS, MPH- is the new, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at Public Health Seattle & King County. Before she took this position, she was working as a Community Health Worker/Education Specialist with Public Health Seattle King County, First Steps Program of Maternity Support Services. Before that, she was working at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Clinic as a Care-Coordinator/Case Manager. She is trained in Mental Health First Aid, Crisis Intervention, and De-escalation techniques, to mention a few of the trainings she specializes in. When she was pursuing her Microbiology BS degree, she volunteered at different research institutions. Besides volunteering with different community-based organizations, some roles she took while working with Hep B Coalition were educating the elderly at East African community centers on different health topics that include Hep B, Hep C and HIV. During her time as a student, while completing her Masters of Public Health, she interned at Planned Parenthood as a Health Advocacy Associate. She is a passionate loving mother who loves to travel, cook and garden on her spare time.
CHW CARE Cohort
The CHW CARE cohort consists of 200+ Community Health Workers representing over 60 organizations. The organizations below have had Community Health Workers participate in at least one CHW CARE workshop: