Our team

The Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) has a national reputation for assisting nonprofit organizations, foundations, and health departments in program planning, setting targets for success, assessment and evaluation design, data analysis, and sharing lessons learned. We invite you to contact any of our team members below.

Seattle

Bill Beery
Senior Investigator
206-287-4389
beery.b@ghc.org
Emily Bourcier
Manager, Operations and Development
206-287-2035
bourcier.e@ghc.org
Carol Cahill
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4602
cahill.c@ghc.org
Michelle Chapdelaine
Research Support Specialist
206-287-2016
chapdelaine.m@ghc.org
Diana Charbonneau
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2932
charbonneau.d@ghc.org
Allen Cheadle
Director
206-287-4391
cheadle.a@ghc.org
DeAnn Cromp
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2732
cromp.d@ghc.org
Sarah Evers
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2633
evers.s@ghc.org
Marlaine Gray
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2620
gray.m@ghc.org
Erin Hertel
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4272
hertel.e@ghc.org
Sylvia Hoffmeyer
Research Specialist
206-287-2399
hoffmeyer.s@ghc.org
Clarissa Hsu
Manager, Research Services
206-287-4276
hsu.c@ghc.org
Maggie Jones
Manager, Evaluation Services
206-287-4604
jones.margaret@ghc.org
Elena Kuo
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2951
kuo.e@ghc.org
Ian Maki
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4678
maki.i@ghc.org
Juno Matthys
Research Specialist
206-287-4389
matthys.j@ghc.org
Heidi Merrifield
Financial Analyst
206-287-4691
merrifield.h@ghc.org
Creagh Miller
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4390 
miller.cx@ghc.org
Afsaneh Rahimian
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2488 
rahimian.a@ghc.org
Lisa Schafer
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-4378
schafer.l@ghc.org
Jennie Schoeppe
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2200
schoeppe.j@ghc.org
Sandra Senter
Research Associate/
Senior Program Manager
206-287-4389
senter.s@ghc.org
Craig Sewald
Research Associate/ Program Manager
206-287-2535
sewald.c@ghc.org
Diep Tran
Research Associate/
Program Manager
206-442-5249
tran.dn@ghc.org

Evaluation consultants

Ama Atiedu
California
atiedu.a@ghc.org
Mark Dignan
Kentucky
mbdign@uky.edu
Howard Greenwald
Seattle
greenwa@usc.edu
Kate Jones
Kentucky
katelacy@gmail.com
Suzanne Rauzon
California
srauzon@berkeley.edu
Rebecca Spring
California
rdspring@earthlink.net

 

Ama Atiedu, MS, MSOD
Ama is working as the local evaluator for Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit’s HEAL Zone and Healthy School Partnership Initiatives. She holds a Master of Science from Iowa State University (2005) and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University (2012). Ama’s previous evaluation experience includes working for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as a Research Associate and for Los Angeles Universal Preschool as a Research and Evaluation Specialist. At CDPH, she conducted formative evaluation studies for the California 5 a Day (now known as the Champions for Change), a statewide social marketing campaign aimed at promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity for the prevention of chronic diseases. Ama believes the components of organizational development, research, and evaluation each play a pivotal role in the evaluation process and her current professional interests include merging the three components into one unified and cooperative field.

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Bill Beery, MPH
Bill is a senior investigator and was the founding director of CCHE until April 2011. From 1997 to 2007, he was also the vice president of programs for the Group Health Community Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s extensive evaluation activities. He holds an MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974). Previously, he directed Disease Prevention and Community Services and The Center for Health Promotion at Group Health. He has also worked in health programming and evaluation in Africa and Asia. Bill is an affiliate professor, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He has held academic appointments at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. His evaluation and research interests are community-based health promotion and prevention programs for low-income/high-risk populations.

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Emily Bourcier, MPH, MHA
Emily has been with CCHE since 2002, and has managed CCHE’s operational and development systems since 2011. She coordinates CCHE’s strategic planning, quality improvement, and staff development. She brings over 10 years of evaluation consulting experience in a broad range of public health areas using mixed-methods designs, including community-based cancer prevention strategies, community health initiatives focused on policy and systems change, tobacco prevention, improvement initiatives in the safety net system, and strategic planning for philanthropic organizations. Emily holds a BA in biological sciences from Smith College, and an MPH and MHA from the University of Washington.

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Carol Cahill, MLS
Carol is a research associate with a background in information science, secondary data analysis, and community health planning, as well as expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) and visualization of data. She joined CCHE in 2005, having received a fellowship from the Sewell Learning Partnership to focus on strategic planning for Group Health's community benefit program. Carol is involved with the design and implementation of a web-based tool to help primary care providers link patients to health-promoting community resources. She has participated in numerous CCHE evaluation projects, including conducting community health needs assessments for Group Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center and evaluation of health impact assessments for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Carol was a member of an Agency for Healthcare Research Quality expert panel developing measures of linkages between primary care practices and community resources and she currently serves on the Association for Community Health Improvement national advisory council. She received her MLS from the University of Washington and earned a certificate in geographic information systems, also from UW.

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Michelle Chapdelaine
Michelle is a research support specialist providing administrative support to the CCHE team and other Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) faculty. She came to GHRI in June 2012, with experience in communications, administration, and grant management at nonprofits and local government in Spokane, WA and New England. Michelle earned a BA in journalism in 2010 from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.

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Diana Charbonneau, MA
Diana is a research associate at CCHE with a background in education, project management, research, and nonprofit development who joined CCHE in 2011. She has worked on evaluation of health impact assessments for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as evaluations of Kaiser Permanente’s Specialty Care Initiative and the Kellogg Foundation’s Food and Fitness initiative. Her current work includes evaluation of home visiting services in Washington state, as well as evaluations of community participation in health impact assessments and the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Diana has a long-standing interest in serving children and families, reflected in her previous work as a teacher and a volunteer; she is particularly interested in community based participatory research and developmental evaluation. Prior to joining CCHE, Diana was a project manager with Group Health Research Institute where she worked on a large-scale multi-site community engagement project focused on developing research infrastructure and mentoring the next generation of translational researchers. She earned a Masters in Teaching degree at the University of Washington in 2005.

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Allen Cheadle, PhD
Allen is director of CCHE and a senior investigator at GHRI. He has worked with CCHE for more than 15 years on a range of projects through his affiliation with GHRI as a research professor in the University of Washington School of Public Health. His interests and evaluation experience include policy and environmental approaches to obesity. For the past several years he has overseen the evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives in 50 communities nationwide. Allen seeks to continue and expand CCHE’s work in evaluating community initiatives, working with foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations, and helping safety-net organizations improve the care they provide in underserved communities. He is particularly interested in advancing Group Health’s ability to benefit the broader community. Allen holds a PhD in economics (University of California, Berkeley, 1988). Learn more about Allen’s research interests and experience.

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DeAnn Cromp, MPH
DeAnn is a research associate and program manager with CCHE. She earned her MPH from the University of Washington and her BA in psychology and anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. DeAnn enjoys bringing CCHE’s expertise in qualitative methods and collaborative evaluation to a variety of projects at the Group Health Research Institute in the area of primary care transformation and clinical quality improvement. In the past, she has coordinated evaluations of Kaiser Permanente’s farmers’ markets and Public Health–Seattle & King County’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative.

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Mark Dignan, PhD
Mark Dignan is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of the Prevention Research Center at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on community‐based cancer prevention and control and included projects that developed and evaluated mass media programs, lay health advisor and navigator interventions for patients and the public, and health care provider programs designed to increase screening and adherence to follow‐up recommendations among medically underserved rural and minority populations. Mark has been actively involved in program evaluation for the past 20 years and is the founder of Southeastern Program Evaluation. He works with CCHE on the evaluation of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Investing in Kentucky’s Future initiative providing evaluation coaching and technical assistance to local coalitions in Kentucky.

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Sarah Evers, MPH
Sarah is a research associate at CCHE where she is working on an evaluation of the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, an applied leadership training program that enables multi-sector jurisdictional teams to address public health problems within their communities through team-identified community health improvement projects. She is part of a team working with Thrive By Five to “tell the story” and enhance evaluation capacity of home visiting programs in the state of Washington. She also works on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded project to improve care for back pain. Prior to joining CCHE, Sarah was a project manager at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where she coordinated research focused on the promotion healthy eating and active living for children in Georgia. She earned an MPH from Georgia State University in 2011.

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Marlaine Gray, PhD(c)
Marlaine is a research associate at CCHE. She is a medical anthropologist and has conducted research on adult and pediatric palliation, alternative palliative care and chronic pain management, patient art programming, medical humanities, children’s health, and conceptions of care. In addition, she has conducted research in Kenya and Mozambique on HIV/AIDS education, girls’ education, youth health outreach, maternal and child health, and childhood vaccination and malnutrition. Marlaine was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique from 2003–2005, and has a deep interest in the connection between health and education initiatives. She instructs classes in ethnographic research methods and social science writing and children’s health at the University of Washington. She is a PhD candidate in the UW department of anthropology, holds a Masters in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, and earned a BA in English and Alternative Journalism from Colorado College.

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Howard P. Greenwald, PhD
Howard is a professor of Management and Policy at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He holds a PhD in sociology (University of California-Berkeley, 1975) with specialties in opinion research, organizational behavior, and the modern labor force. Howard recently completed projects on minority recruitment and retention in the health professions. He is currently directing a project on health insurance among employed California Latinos, and an investigation of racial profiling in vehicle stops. He has published on interventions to control violence and to reduce isolation among inner-city elders. His book, Who Survives Cancer?, reports results of a 10-year study on cancer.

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Erin Hertel, MPA
Erin is a research associate at CCHE. She earned her MPA in Public Affairs from the University of Washington in 2001. She has a background in public policy, advocacy, project management and evaluation. Before joining CCHE, Erin led safety net medical clinic policy efforts to expand health care access for underserved communities across Washington, including coordinating an evaluation of the statewide clinic system’s health outcomes and economic impact. Prior to that, she managed a qualitative assessment of the HIV prevention needs of African Americans in conjunction with Public Health–Seattle & King County. At CCHE, Erin works on projects that examine how health systems are responding to the changing environment and patient needs. The Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care (LINCC) project, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, puts patients in the center of research to develop innovative ways to improve health outcomes.

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Sylvia Hoffmeyer, BA
Sylvia is a research specialist at CCHE. She has been involved in data collection and analysis for the nationwide Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health on Leadership Skills and Impact on Communities Initiative. She also is participating in evaluation of Group Health’s patient centered medical home and the extended care team innovations. Sylvia has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of project management and administration with community‑based nonprofit organizations in education, social work, the environment, community outreach, health care, and social change. She has a BA in liberal studies with a concentration in values and social change from Antioch University.

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Clarissa Hsu, PhD
Clarissa is a medical anthropologist who holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology (University of Washington, 2000). As a research associate and member of the GHRI faculty, she specializes in qualitative methods, research design, and participatory evaluation. Clarissa’s research contributes to improving health by investigating clinical quality improvement measures, the effectiveness of community-based health improvement programs and health promotion policy, patient-centered care and healing, and complementary and alternative medicine. At Group Health, she is helping study patient and provider experiences related to the patient-centered medical home model and the shared decision-making clinical improvement initiative. As CCHE’s research services manager, Clarissa helps guide CCHE’s multisite projects, fostering a better understanding of how to improve the health of individuals and their communities through the research and evaluation of clinical, behavioral, and community/environmental interventions. She is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and serves as a thesis advisor for master’s-level midwifery students at Bastyr University. Learn more about Clarissa’s research interests and experience.

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Kate Jones, MA
Kate Jones works for Southeastern Program Evaluation and has extensive experience in the public health sector. Trained in economics, she works with Mark Dignan on evaluation of programs at the local, state and national level with particular skills in data collection, management, and analysis. Kate currently works with CCHE on the evaluation of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Investing in Kentucky’s Future initiative providing evaluation coaching and technical assistance to local coalitions in Kentucky.

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Maggie Jones, MPH
Maggie is a senior program manager and research associate at CCHE. She is currently managing several of CCHE’s projects, including evaluations of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s initiatives, evaluations of three safety net initiatives funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in California, and the evaluations of the Public Health Institute’s Leadership Academies for the Public’s Health. Maggie’s experience has focused on evaluation capacity building and evaluating initiatives related to community health improvement, health policy, health disparities/health equity, public health preparedness, public health training programs, and clinical quality improvement. Maggie is CCHE’s evaluation services manager. She holds an MPH from the University of Washington (2007).

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Elena Kuo, PhD, MPH
Elena is a research associate at CCHE. She earned her MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2009 from University of Washington’s Public Health Epidemiology program. She has a long-standing interest in health education and improving health outcomes for minority and marginalized populations. Previously she worked at the University of Washington’s Child health Institute and at Group Health Research Institute as a project manager. She has been involved with a wide variety of projects, from implementing school-based mental health screening to designing a tuberculosis treatment education program to conducting and evaluating harm-reduction interventions for IV drug-using women, and more. Elena’s primary focus at CCHE is strategy-level coordination for the multi-site Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives for Healthy Eating Active Living.

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Ian Maki, MPH
Ian is a research associate working on several projects with CCHE. He earned his MPH from the University of Washington’s social behavioral science program in 2006. Prior to joining CCHE, Ian developed, managed, and evaluated two interdisciplinary service-learning programs at the University of Washington’s six health science schools. Ian first worked with community-based health organizations in 1993 providing technical assistance on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s AIDS Prevention Marketing Initiative as an account executive for Porter/Novelli. Ian brings the richness of two decades’ public health experience in health education, health promotion, and rural health initiatives. At CCHE, Ian works on the evaluation of the Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative (a part of the national Social Innovation Fund), “CA4Health,” a CDC-funded Community Transformation Grant (CTG) linking clinical care providers to community based chronic disease self-management programs in 12 of California’s smallest rural counties, and several quality improvement projects of the Critical Access Hospital Network in Eastern Washington.

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Juno Matthys, BS
Juno is a research specialist who joined CCHE in December 2009. Her previous experience included supporting academic and administrative departments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At CCHE she has implemented logistics for Photovoice at over 20 Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives sites in California and Colorado. Currently she is supporting the Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care (LINCC) project, which aims to better link primary care patients with community resources. Juno also participates in evaluations of Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California HEAL Zones as well as a community intervention to decrease vaccine hesitancy among parents in Washington state. Her past projects include supporting the national evaluation of health impact assessments and evaluation of a local health official leadership training program, both funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her interests include social media and public health, health policy, exercise physiology, and nutrition science. Juno earned a BS in health ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Heidi Merrifield
Heidi has responsibility and oversight for post-award financial management, including administration of active projects, budget management and financial reporting through closeout of project. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in health care and educational settings. Her interests include using information technology applications to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial and project-related systems at CCHE.

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Creagh Miller, MPH
Creagh is a research associate at CCHE. She earned an MPH at San Jose State University in California in 2009. Creagh has a background in health education, training, program planning, and project management. At CCHE she is working on evaluation of a community intervention to decrease vaccine hesitancy among parents in Washington state and evaluation of Foundation for a Health Kentucky’s initiatives. In the past she has planned, implemented and evaluated a variety of projects focused on underserved communities and sexual/reproductive health

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Afsaneh Rahimian, PhD
Afsaneh is a research associate who is working on evaluation of Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL Zones, a five-year initiative to promote health across nine communities in Southern California. She also is a member of a team evaluating Survive and Thrive, an initiative providing leadership training for local health officials across United States, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the DeBaumont Foundation. Afsaneh comes to CCHE with over 15 years of evaluation experience with community-based organizations that serve culturally diverse populations. She earned her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University Southern California, an MS in biometry (also from USC), and an MA in Sociology from California State University.

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Suzanne Rauzon, MPH
Suzanne is a director of community health projects and evaluation studies. She has over 15 years’ experience leading community-based initiatives and developing organizational and community change strategies. She has developed partnerships and collaborative projects working on a wide range of sectors and approaches, including several school-based interventions, a nationwide cardiovascular risk screening effort and work site health initiatives. She holds an MPH (University of California, Berkeley, 1986). She has expertise in strategic communications, change management and public health planning. Suzanne also has credentials in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology, and is affiliated with the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Lisa Schafer, MPH
Lisa is a research associate and program manager with CCHE. She received her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington in 2009. At CCHE, Lisa manages the evaluations for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Promoting Responsive Health Policy and Investing in Kentucky’s Future initiatives and the Building Clinic Capacity for Quality clinical quality improvement training program funded by Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Community Benefit Program. She also managed the evaluation for the Specialty Care Initiative, a statewide, five-year effort to increase specialty care access for the California safety net population jointly funded by Kaiser Permanente’s Northern and Southern Community Benefit Programs and the California HealthCare Foundation. Additional experience with community-based research and evaluation includes coordinating data collection and analysis for a process evaluation of a malaria prevention intervention in rural Ghana and supporting evaluation activities for a project targeting metabolic syndrome among Latino communities in Idaho. Prior to that, she worked as a clinical assistant in a natural health clinic.

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Jennie Schoeppe, MPH, MS
Jennie is a research associate with CCHE. She currently manages the evaluation of a community intervention to decrease vaccine hesitancy among parents in Washington state. She also assists in the evaluation of a clinical quality improvement training program funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in California, the evaluation of a project aimed at improving wellness among vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities, funded by the United Way of King County, and an evaluation of early childhood home visiting programs funded by Thrive by Five Washington. Jennie earned her MPH in community-oriented public health practice from the University of Washington in 2010. She also holds an MS in physical therapy from Washington University and a BS from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining CCHE, Jennie coordinated a project that evaluated the implementation of a new Washington state law supporting intervention in drug overdoses and worked with a community-based health clinic to assess its diabetes education program. She also brings 12 years’ experience as a physical therapist to her work.

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Sandra Senter, MN, MPH
Sandra is a research associate and senior program manager holding master’s degrees in pediatric nursing (University of Florida) and public health education (University of California, Berkeley). She has been with the CCHE Evaluation Team since 1997 and has coordinated numerous evaluations including the California Youth Takin’ on Tobacco Program, The California Wellness Foundation Health Improvement initiative and Tracks in the Sand evaluation, the American Cancer Society Sun Safe Communities program, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research program. She also has served as evaluation consultant to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington. Prior to joining CCHE, Sandra’s experience included a range of nursing practice and serving as an independent consultant to health care organizations and health-related businesses with an emphasis on program planning, evaluation, quality improvement, health education, and training.

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Craig Sewald, BA
Craig is a research associate at CCHE who has a particular interest in food policy and public health leadership training. Craig joined CCHE in October 2011 and has worked on a variety of projects including community health needs assessments for Group Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center, as well as evaluation of the California HealthCare Foundation/Kaiser Permanente Specialty Care initiative and the mid-level provider initiative of the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign. Craig is currently working projects related to the National Academy for the Public’s Health, Survive and Thrive—a leadership training program for new and aspiring public health officials, and the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition’s “Gear up and Go!” and palliative care initiatives. Craig received his BA in Social Science from the University of Washington in 2008 and will receive his MPA from UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2014.

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Rebecca Spring, MPH
Rebecca is participating in Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit evaluations in California. She holds an MPH with an emphasis on community health education (San Jose State University, 2004). Prior to working at CCHE, Rebecca directed an evaluation of HIV/AIDS medication adherence at a community health center in San Francisco and was responsible for overseeing quality improvement initiatives at a consortia of health centers in Santa Clara County, California. Her previous evaluation experience has focused on HIV prevention and treatment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and food security.

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Diep Tran, MPH, MA
Diep is a research associate at CCHE. She is currently working on evaluating ALL HEART/PHASE, a Kaiser Permanente initiative aimed at helping diabetes patients prevent cardiovascular disease. She holds a MA in public health from University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis on chronic disease and maternal child health, and a MA from the University of California, Irvine, in demographics and social analysis. Her previous professional life included more than seven years of program and fund development for grass-roots nonprofits in Southern California, where she worked closely with diverse community partners to increase access to health care for underserved populations.

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