Elena is an epidemiologist who has participated in, and/or directed, over 30 funded programs and research activities and public health centers in the last 20 years. Her work has also included substantive public health programmatic, service, and research in disability and health including serving as an advisor or expert on CDC surveillance on disability, caregiving, cognitive function, intellectual disability, and quality of life, Healthy People 2010 & 2020 for disability goals, and the Institute of Medicine Committee for "The Future of Disability in America." Elena also works closely with our University Center on Excellence in Disability (UCEDD), and is a representative to the Partners in Oregon for Disability Diversity (PODD).
Angela Weaver, MEd: Project Coordinator
Angela has been with OODH for the past 13 years and has built strong on-going relationships with Oregon's disability community including grass-roots and advocacy organizations, community based service providers, as well as county and state program representatives. Over the years she has, successfully conduct numerous community-based health promotion and education activities including the Healthy Lifestyles workshops and Train-the-Trainer events; planned and hosted 10 annual state-wide health and wellness conferences for people with disabilities; served as the co-chair of Oregon's Breast Health Taskforce; coordinated OODH's Mammography Technologists and other health care professionals training; and initiated and supported system and policy change at local, State and County levels. Angela also serves on the Board of Directors for Inclusion Inc., a non-profit agency that provides case management services to adults with developmental disabilities and the NW ADA Center's Advisory Board.
Danielle joined OODH in 2007 and is an experienced public health disability program developer with expertise in emergency preparedness and increasing access to health care services for people with disabilities. During her years with OODH she has developed a disability emergency preparedness curriculum and training, has successfully conducted numerous community-based trainings for people with disabilities, service providers, and first responders; partnered with and built strong relationships with community partners, and conducted statewide community engagement events focusing on access to health care; conducted on-site ADA assessments of mammography facilities and primary care clinics. Danielle also serves as Oregon Public Health Association Disability Section Head.
Eva Hawes, BA, CHES: Research Assistant
Eva joined OODH as a research assistant in August 2012. She has a degree in health education and Spanish from Western Oregon University. She has a background in adults with autoimmune diseases and is a certified health education specialist. She is currently in the final stages of her MPH degree at OHSU in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Amy is a major contributor to several activities at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. In addition to Amy's work at OODH she is a 2009 recipient of the "Making A Difference in Disability" award in the Youth Achievement Category, awarded by the City of Portland and the . In 2011, she wrote an article published in the National Gateway to
Self-Determination: Research to Practice in Self Determination Series.
Darlene Eckert, MSW: Volunteer
Darlene has a background in Disability and Gender studies and before her retirement developed and taught classes at Portland State University. She has worked as an intake and scheduling coordinator for Rehabilitation Services,St. Vincent Hospital and volunteers as a Personal Advocate for seniors at Elders in Action .