Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs)
Brittany joined ORPRN in 2020 after serving as a clinic supervisor for Legacy Medical Group. Prior to that, she was a regional campaign manager for the American Heart Association.
She earned her B.S. in Health Studies: Community Health Education from Portland State University and her M.P.H. from the University of Arizona.
Brittany is thrilled to work for ORPRN because it allows her to engage with communities to improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs by meeting people where they are and facilitating change. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2019, Jean managed qualitative research projects regarding high-risk drinking in young adults and opioid overdose in Central Oregon. Before that, she worked in quality improvement for a substance abuse treatment center for women in Chicago.
Based in Bend, Jean earned her MPH in Health Sciences with a maternal and child health concentration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA from California State University, Sacramento.
Jean enjoys working with ORPRN because the diversity of projects allow ample opportunity to be involved in the meaningful work of building relationships with local healthcare leaders that impact patient care and outcomes in real time. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, hiking, volunteering with her local women’s shelter, and exploring Central Oregon.
Before joining ORPRN in 2019, Cort worked as the alcohol and drug prevention and education coordinator with the Jackson County Public Health Department in Medford. He has also worked on a wellness initiative called the Blue Zones Project in Klamath Falls and Grants Pass
He has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.
Based in Medford, Cort appreciates working with ORPRN because it allows him to get back to his roots working in community engagement with rural communities. When he’s not working, Cort enjoys mountain and road biking in the warmer months and skiing in the winter months. He is an avid reader, picking up just about anything recommended to him
Sara joined ORPRN in 2018 after coordinating community-based research projects in health disparities for a nonprofit based on the Oregon Coast and working for a Portland-area CCO.
She has a B.A. in Biocultural Anthropology from Western Washington University.
Although Sara is based in Portland, working with ORPRN allows her to travel and explore the state of Oregon while learning about the innovative practice transformation work Oregon clinics are doing. Closer to home, she enjoys getting lost running on trails around Forest Park and Mt. Tabor, reading in Laurelhurst Park, and experimenting with baking different kinds of sourdough bread.
Laura joined ORPRN in 2018. Previously, she worked as a research coordinator on clinical trials and qualitative studies at the University of Washington Medical Center; an administrator at the University of Washington Institutional Review Board; and an administrator at the Group Health Cooperative (Kaiser) IRB.
She has a Master’s degree in Demographic and Social Analysis from University of California at Irvine.
A resident of Hood River in the Columbia Gorge, she is delighted to contribute to improving the wellness and healthcare of people who live in rural areas. She enjoys serene kayaking, hiking and especially tent camping with her husband and two young children.
Julia began her career at ORPRN in 2019. She recently earned her M.P.H in Epidemiology from OHSU and holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Southern Oregon University.
Her focus on epidemiology allows her to combine her love for statistics, biology, anthropology, history and policy in her work and research.
Julia is based in Portland. Off-line, she enjoys live performances including music, plays, and comedy as well as drawing, playing board games and trying new restaurants.
Stephanie joined ORPRN in 2019 after working as a research coordinator in the psychiatry department at OHSU on projects related to long-term opioid use and chronic pain.
She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Based in Portland, Stephanie says that working in healthcare research is gratifying because it allows her to be involved in improving the health and wellbeing of patients state-wide, and get to know a variety of professionals within the field of medicine. When not at work, Stephanie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her son.
After 7 years as the Wellness Coordinator at the Eastern Oregon University Student Health Center, Kylie joined ORPRN in 2019. She has a B.S. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior.
Working at ORPRN gives her the opportunity to assist clinics with research and quality of care. Because she grew up in Eastern Oregon and is now based in La Grande, she especially values the work ORPRN does to enhance rural healthcare.
Being outdoors, photography, hanging out with her German shepherd, and family and friends are all pursuits Kylie enjoys outside of work.
Prior to joining ORPRN, Emily obtained her Bachelors at the University of Oregon, where she studied Human Physiology and Global Health.
While completing her degree she was a research coordinator for a nonprofit, ACT For Families, which provides parents and professionals knowledge and experience around family wellbeing.
Emily is based in Portland. One thing she loves about the work at ORPRN is that she is surrounded by likeminded people who promote the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Out of the office Emily enjoys doing hot yoga, listening to the podcast “On Purpose,” and spending quality time with family and friends.
Mackenzie joined ORPRN in 2021. She holds a B.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Eastern Oregon University.
Her past work has focused on long-term care and leading nursing teams. She is eager to implement quality care initiatives in Oregon's resource-limited patient populations to improve health care outcomes.
When she's not working, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, running, golfing, snowboarding and getting out on the water.
Maya joined ORPRN in 2021 following work as an outreach and enrollment specialist for access to affordable health insurance in Pennsylvania. She is excited to bring her qualitative research skills to ORPRN's ANTECEDENT and PINPOINT projects, and enjoys helping facilitate community-based conversations about health issues in Oregon.
She holds a B.A. in Contemplative Studies and an M.S. in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences from Brown University, where she researched barriers to emergency care for neurodivergent children and teens.
Outside of work, Maya enjoys long walks, writing letters, and cooking elaborate meals for friends and family.
Isabel joined ORPRN in 2018 after working at the Oregon Health Authority, where she worked in the Immunization Program for the Vaccines for Children Program.
She has a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.
Isabel is based in Portland and she appreciates that working at ORPRN allows her to get out into the community and enhance the delivery of care for all Oregonians. In her free time you can find her zipping around Portland on her moped, exploring a nearby mountain, or at PDX getting ready to depart on an adventure.
Prior to formally joining ORPRN in 2019, Eliana interned with us for two summers.
She earned her B.S. in data science and biology from Minerva Schools at KGI, where she applied these disciplines to exploring how adverse experiences in childhood affect health in later life.
Eliana is based in Portland. She is passionate about contributing to building healthy communities and excited to be able bring her data science skills to ORPRN to help tackle health issues in Oregon. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys going on adventures on her bike, swimming in cold bodies of water, and going to farmers markets.
Galen served as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the Oregon ECHO Network and PINPOINT (Improving Pain and Opioid Management in Primary Care) before joining ORPRN as a PERC in 2021. He has also worked in the restaurant industry and volunteered at a needs-based clinic for the underserved in Laramie, Wyoming.
Galen earned his B.S. in Physiology from the University of Wyoming, with a minor in International Studies. He is excited to be involved in engaging and meaningful work that addresses health disparities in rural communities.
Outside of ORPRN, he is an avid climber, skier and mountain biker, and he enjoys cooking, reading and playing cribbage.
Research and Administration
Chrystal spent her first year and a half at ORPRN as an NIH BUILD EXITO Research Scholar before joining as a research assistant in 2021.
She has a background in health promotion and developing health programming and services for underserved communities. Her experiences with this work are what led her to be interested in research that improves access and quality of healthcare. Her specific research interests include implementation science, qualitative analysis, and community engagement.
Chrystal has a BS in Health Studies with a minor in Philosophy from Portland State University. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and reading.
Leah came to ORPRN from the quality improvement organization Comagine Health, where she facilitated the Oregon Nursing Home Patient Safety Collaborative. Before that, she worked at the OHSU Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence and spent 11 years doing clinical assessments and food service management as a registered dietitian nutritionist in a long-term post-acute care facility.
She has a master's in public health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and is a graduate of the OHSU dietetic internship program.
Leah is passionate about healthcare quality improvement, especially among older adults. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking and paper crafting.
Sarah joined ORPRN in 2019 after earning her B.S. in Pre-Med Health Studies at Portland State University.
During her research internship, she worked on a project that focused on Stratification of Protein Expression across the Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Disease Axis to Inform an Early Detection Platform through the Knight Cancer institute.
The innovation and collaborative nature of working in research is what drew her to the field.
When she isn’t working, she purses a diverse set of passions, including hiking, yoga, painting, reading, baking, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
Priscilla joined ORPRN in 2020 after serving as a program coordinator for College Possible Oregon, a non-profit that works to support low-income students with college access and success. Prior to that, she worked as a case manager at a YMCA supporting a youth workforce development program.
She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon.
Priscilla loves that her work allows her to provide support for rural areas in Oregon, like her hometown of Nyssa. She enjoys traveling, hiking, boxing, eating tacos, and spending time with her family.
Ferrik joined ORPRN in 2020 after working for the Portland Art Museum's events team. They also volunteered at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with the collections and archives team, maintaining their physical collection.
They hold a B.S. in Social Sciences focused on History and Archaeology from Portland State University.
Ferrik is excited to help make healthcare more accessible for all Oregonians. When not at work, they enjoy spending time at home with family, playing games or reading a good book.
Jennifer came to ORPRN in 2019 after working at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research for more than 15 years as a Scientific Editor, Project Manager, and Team Manager. She has also acted as a consultant for CareOregon managing a cancer screening program.
She earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and her M.S. from Reed College.
Jennifer has worked with Melinda Davis as a research partner for several years and is excited to join ORPRN because it gives her an opportunity to help work on eradicating urban-rural health disparities. She notes that helping people access these kinds of screenings can save lives.
Outside of work, you can find Jen traveling (or dreaming about travel). She also likes hiking, reading, and cooking.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2015, Caitlin worked for OHSU’s department of OB/GYN on research projects focused on patient safety and improving teamwork and leadership among healthcare personnel.
She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Denver and an M.P.H. from Oregon State University.
She is grateful for many aspects of her work including engaging with practice staff and community members and feeling like the work ORPRN does makes a difference. She appreciates that her job utilizes her talent for problem solving and putting out fires. In her leisure time, she enjoys singing and dancing with her young child, baking, reading murder mysteries, running, hiking, and volunteering.
Setareh joined the ORPRN administrative team in 2021 after working as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project and earning her M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.
Setareh is passionate about improving health outcomes for individuals and populations, and she is particularly interested in healthcare administration for the opportunity to support a variety of people and projects.
When she's not working, you can find Setareh spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, or doing various outdoor activities like snowboarding, hiking and rock climbing.
After working in administration in the travel industry, Meg joined ORPRN in 2019.
She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana. Meg’s Montana background has led her to be interested in helping mitigate rural health obstacles; working at ORPRN allows her to learn about and support a wide variety of projects that address this.
On the weekends, you can find Meg exploring Oregon, hiking, meeting dogs, drinking cider, and reading a good book.
Kat joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after working as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project. She recently earned her B.A. from the School of Social Work at Portland State University, where she was also a Build EXITO Scholar.
Originally from Colombia, Kat's experience as an immigrant has informed her passion for reducing health disparities and connecting people with culturally and linguistically appropriate resources.
Outside of work, Kat enjoys volunteering with youth organizations, listening to live music, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Tuesday joined ORPRN in 2019 after serving as a Disease Intervention Specialist with Multnomah County Health Department. She also has served as a Health Educator and Compliance Specialist Lead for the Oregon Health Authority Immunization Vaccines for Children Program and as the HIV Prevention Coordinator for Deschutes County Health Department.
She earned her B.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University.
She enjoys going on walks with her two Maltipoos, visiting the Oregon Coast, exploring wine country with her husband, and visiting family in Central Oregon.
Matt joined ORPRN in 2022 with a background in human subjects research at the VA's Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care. He holds a B.S. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics from OHSU.
Matt is excited to be a part of the Meta-LARC ACP team to explore shared decision making and implementation to better serve communities. When he is not working, Matt loves to be outside, from camping with his dog, Cash, to backcountry rafting trips.
Minnie joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after working as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project. She recently graduated from Knox College with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in History.
Minnie is particularly interested in research-driven healthcare and promotion of community health. She enjoys learning about the various psychological mechanisms affecting people as well as the social and historical context those people occupy.
When not working, Minnie can be found spending time with friends, going to concerts, and frequenting thrift stores.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2020, Jean worked as a research associate, data analyst, and program evaluator for STEM education and behavioral health projects with RMC Research.
She holds an M.S. in Data Analytics from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College.
As a current resident of Estacada, she appreciates the opportunity to contribute her quantitative skills to supporting rural healthcare projects at ORPRN. When she's not crunching numbers, Jean enjoys learning new homesteading skills, growing food in her garden, and working on various art projects.
Erin officially joined ORPRN in 2020 after providing assistance to the ANTECEDENT project. She is a systems scientist with a background in the behavioral and social sciences. She has worked in various roles in research and the nonprofit sector, including several years doing homeless prevention and conflict mediation in rural Colorado.
Currently a doctoral candidate in Systems Science at Portland State University, Erin is studying how to use systems mapping to aid decision-making for health and sustainability. She also holds an M.Sc. in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden and B.S. degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Western Michigan University.
She loves being involved in research design and finding innovative ways to collect and analyze data, all with the goal of improving health for the people of Oregon. When she is not working or studying, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, traveling, and gardening.
Caroline joined ORPRN in 2020 after serving as a skills trainer at Trillium Family Services.
She earned her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, where she also worked as a research assistant on several projects, including SHARP (Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery), which examined the relationship between gentrification/change in historically Black neighborhoods in Portland and the progression of Alzheimer's among Black residents of those neighborhoods.
Caroline is excited to work in the field of research and public health because she believes that community outreach and collaboration are crucial to improving health disparities. When she's not working, you can find her riding her bike, experimenting with fermentation, going on long walks, or watching bad reality TV.
Jessica joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after serving as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Portland, where she did research related to inclusivity and acceptance on campus.
She is eager to contribute to the valuable work ORPRN does using a communication lens, and she finds it meaningful to work alongside people who are just as dedicated to inclusivity and equal opportunity within the healthcare realm.
Outside of work, Jessica likes to spend time with family, thrift anything and everything, make art and read.
James joined ORPRN as an informatician after serving as a consultant on several projects including substance abuse risk screening, workflows for capturing social determinants of health at the point of care, and quality reporting for behavioral health integration.
He has over 30 years of experience working with large and small healthcare organizations to implement, use, and optimize a variety of EHR platforms. After 13 years with Cerner, he earned his Ph.D. and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Informatics at OHSU before dividing his time between teaching, consulting, and supporting independent medical practices improve clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and clinician experience through the use of health information technology.
Most recently, James served as director of clinical informatics with a large independent practice association, providing expertise in health IT, supporting members with quality reporting and incentive programs (MIPS, PCPCH, CPC+, ACO), population health analytics, integrating workflows for behavioral health, interoperability, and extracting and managing clinical data from a variety of EHRs.
Before joining ORPRN in 2019, Zoe was the Site Operations and Administrative Manager of Cascadia Woodland Park Health Center where she ran administrative operations of the clinic and participated in numerous workgroups that helped connect patients in the community to appropriate care.
She has a B.S. in Health Studies from Portland State University.
Based in Portland, Zoe appreciates working at ORPRN because reducing barriers to healthcare access and ensuring that every human has comprehensive healthcare available to them. In her spare time Zoe can be found plotting her next international adventure, lifting heavy objects in the gym, hiking, and cooking as well as reading about economics and public affairs.
Xavi joined ORPRN in 2018. Prior to joining ORPRN, she spent five years at State Farm as a customer service representative.
Xavi has a B.S. in biology from Washington State University.
Xavi appreciates being able to contribute to many projects within ORPRN as well as how the research ORPRN does connects directly to practices and changes the way they interact with their patients. When she’s not at work, Xavi volunteers at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington as an interpreter. She also likes to watch anime, play Dungeons & Dragons, and go salsa dancing.
Mary joined ORPRN in 2019, after working as the Operations Manager for a group of dental practices and coordinating a research network with tribal groups in the Yukon River watershed.
She recently earned an M.B.A. in Healthcare from the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College.
ORPRN is a good fit for her because she has always been interested in the political landscape of rural communities—her work allows her to help communities navigate challenges and improve quality and access to care.
Reading, camping, hiking, and baking are activities she enjoys outside of the workplace.
Nithya formally joined ORPRN in 2021 after providing assistance on the CARAVAN project. Prior to joining ORPRN, Nithya was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the OHSU Department of Family Medicine focused on understanding how clinics make improvements in the way they deliver care and identifying which strategies are most effective across different types of clinics. She then spent a year and a half directing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, leading efforts to strengthen and support the career and professional development of postdocs.
She holds a B.S. in Integrated Life Sciences from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Health Implementation Science from Virginia Tech.
Nithya is drawn to the opportunity to be part of a team that focuses on the community voice and the needs of rural Oregon. She is eager to dig into questions at the intersections of implementation science, social determinants of health, and community experiences. To recharge, she enjoys reading, baking, and exploring Oregon via kayak or on foot.
Kati joined ORPRN in 2021 after managing population health projects at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on topics ranging from cancer screening and palliative care to adolescent reproductive health.
Originally from Panama, she holds a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In her spare time, Kati enjoys everything BBC and cats, and she is looking forward to exploring Oregon's outdoor activities.
Martha began her career at ORPRN in 2017 after having worked for several types of employers, including the CDC, research institutions, and non-profits. She has always focused on helping disadvantaged populations get access to healthcare.
She received her M.P.H from Emory University, and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.
Getting to know the people face-to-face who serve their communities in Oregon is the most rewarding part of her work at ORPRN. When she isn’t at work, she likes to play Scrabble and cuddle with her cats.
Prior to joining ORPRN, Brent worked as a multimedia specialist for EdCOMM at OHSU, creating live events and streaming videoconferences for the university.
He holds a B.I.S. in Political Science, Journalism and Film Studies from the University of Minneapolis and an M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Brent values the opportunity to use his skills to connect the diverse populations and providers in Oregon. In his leisure time, he enjoys photography, painting, and visiting museums, cinemas and restaurants.
Before joining ORPRN in 2018, Anna spent three years in Nicaragua as a Health Promoter with the Peace Corps and collaborated on rural public health projects in the US-Mexico Borderlands.
She holds Master's degrees in Public Health and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her doctoral research focuses on improving medical and social care integration, especially by prioritizing the experiences and perspectives of patients.
To relax, she enjoys bike commuting/Pedalpalooza, cooking/eating all the foods, crafting in spurts, and gazing up at Mt. Hood from a kayak on a calm lake.
Tiff joined ORPRN in 2020 after completing her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for TransCollaborations, a project with aims to create principles of transgender affirming healthcare throughout Nebraska.
She is passionate about equitable access to healthcare and excited to support ORPRN's research efforts that have meaningful impacts on Oregon's communities. Outside of work, Tiff enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her two cats.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2021, Sara worked for the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, managing a research project focused on improving the health, safety, and well-being of sedentary workers. She also spent two years in rural Panama serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Sara holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and an M.P.H. from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She values the opportunity to contribute to health equity work in Oregon by addressing upstream health factors and creating large scale impact.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys backpacking and gardening, eating chocolate, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Miriam joined ORPRN in 2018. Prior to that, she worked as a health coach and has had a long career as a journalist.
She has a B.S. in Health Studies from Portland State University.
She enjoys using her skills and education to improve health in individuals and populations. When not working, she enjoys trail running, hiking with her daughter, bike commuting, and cooking.
Melinda started at ORPRN in 2007 as a practice facilitator (aka PERC) and became faculty in 2010 following the completion of her Ph.D. in Social-Developmental Psychology from the University of Vermont. Before joining ORPRN she facilitated challenge course activities, managed her university’s outdoor program, and sailed around the world as a deckhand.
She is energized by getting to work with partners in Oregon and around the world to improve health and health care delivery, build cross-sector collaborations to address upstream determinants of health, and to blend implementation science and improvement science. Her work also helps her stay engaged with rural parts of the state. To recharge, she enjoys outdoor activities and exploring new places, especially when they take her to places where there’s no access to technology.
Nancy joined ORPRN in 2018, following 17 years at the University of Cincinnati, where she led the research division and directed the Cincinnati Area Research and Improvement Group (CARInG) Practice Based Research Network.
She holds an M.D. from the University of Minnesota and an M.P.H. from the University of Missouri.
Nancy values primary care research because assisting practices to improve, studying how best to treat or prevent a disease, and helping connect community resources to primary care offices all contribute to the ultimate goal of helping people be healthier and happier.
In her off-hours, she is reconnecting with the Pacific Northwest on foot and by bike and enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children and neurotic dog.
Alisa joined ORPRN in 2015 with a background in human resources and administration from her years at the community mental health agency Morrison Child and Family Services.
She holds a B.A. in theater from Portland State University.
Alisa is happy that working at ORPRN allows to her use her knowledge and skill set to improve systems and participate in serving communities. Outside of work, she has hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, and enjoys swing dancing.
Anne has worked in health care research and administration at OHSU for over 17 years and is the Project Director for the Accountable Health Communities project which is working to implement social determinants screening and navigation for Medicaid and Medicare members in 9 Oregon counties. She serves as principal investigator for several projects focused on improving health and health care for Oregon’s Medicaid populations.
Anne earned a B.A. at Smith College and an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Public Administration at Boston University.
Anne loves the variety and challenge of her position and appreciates that her work through ORPRN allows her to make a difference. Her extra-curricular passions include spending time with her family and volunteering with a local animal shelter.
Maggie joined ORPRN in 2015 after starting her OHSU career as curriculum development manager for OHSU’s employee wellness program.
She earned her B.A. in Business Administration and her M.P.H. from George Washington University.
She enjoys planning projects and creating programming that is valuable to ORPRN’s partners. Her wellness background means she is particularly interested in preventive care and wellness in primary care and its ability to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. When not at work, she loves to hike, cook, and travel. She also has a passion for singing with others.
LeAnn has worked in research for most of her career. She joined ORPRN in 2008 as the ORPRN manager and transitioned to senior project manager in 2018.
She holds a B.S. in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from North Dakota State University.
She is excited to come to work each day to implement projects with talented and interesting teams who have new ideas about how to solve problems and loves to watch the study data roll in. In non-work hours you can find her getting messy in nature, playing piano, and riding her bike to the library to indulge her passion for Nordic crime novels.
Dr. Betlinski assumed the role of clinical advisor to the Oregon ECHO Network in 2021 after serving as the lead faculty for the Adult Psychiatry ECHO since 2014.
Betlinski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU, where he also is the Director of the Division of Public Psychiatry. He also serves as Medical Director for the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Adults, as Program Committee Chair for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, and as a certified trainer for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid.
LJ founded ORPRN in 2002.
Prior to that, he established the Dunes Family Health Care clinic in Reedsport, which was designated one of the 13 model rural practices in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Rural Practice Project. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU in 1993.
He is passionate about connecting with primary care practices and their health care teams because it teaches him what is relevant and meaningful to the care they provide to their communities.
An avid birdwatcher, LJ enjoys traveling, exploring Oregon’s rivers, and connecting with his kids and grandkids on the East Coast.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2015, Bruce served two Oregon Governors as the Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research and the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services. He was the founding Director of the Oregon Health Authority. He has also been a practicing clinician, a county health officer, a medical director for a managed care organization as well as a teacher/academician.
He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.
The opportunity to improve the health and well-being of Oregonians is what drives him, but he also makes time for his passions: family, pizza, outdoor recreation, the New York Yankees, and playing in a working R&B band.
Students and Volunteers
Hannah earned her B.S. in Environmental Public Health from the Ohio State University, where she worked as a resident advisor and volunteered with College Mentors for Kids and St. Stephen's Community House. She also assisted with recruitment and interviewing for the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 study in the summer of 2020.
Hannah serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the Accountable Health Communities project, along with some work on various health-related services contracts with the Oregon Health Authority. She is passionate about addressing health disparities and building health equity through research-driven, sustainable interventions.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys cooking, hiking and painting.
Teresa earned her B.S. in Public Health from Portland State University. She has previously worked as an educational assistant and a bilingual assistant for the Hillsboro School District.
She serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for ORPRN's SMARTER CRC and CARAVAN projects, for which she will be identifying opportunities to extend primary care outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, as well identifying key stakeholders in rural Veteran access to care. She is excited to work on these projects with a focus on underserved populations and reducing health disparities.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys watching cooking shows and documentaries, and spending time in nature. She is also an avid photographer and considers herself the designated family paparazzo.
Fazeel earned a dual B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Maine. He was previously a pediatric neurology clinical research coordinator and has worked as a firefighter and EMT. He is passionate about rural healthcare and aspires to become a rural physician, where he can facilitate progressive change to advocate for the expansion of healthcare access.
Fazeel serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the Oregon ECHO Network, supporting health equity trainings and and emphasizing structural determinants of health and health access. He also assists with the PINPOINT project, supporting primary care clinics across Oregon by reviewing and developing suicide prevention resources.
In his free time, Fazeel likes to explore via hiking, kayaking, walks in the woods or visits to the coast. He also enjoys skiing, reading, baking and trying out new restaurants.
Derrile is a junior at Portland State University majoring in Health Studies with a focus in Nursing. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, Derrile works with the Accountable Health Communities project, screening for health-related social needs and connecting patients to community services. He is passionate about addressing health disparities in low-income communities.
Eathen is studying Public Health at Portland State University, with a minor in Child, Youth and Family Studies. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, Eathen assists with patient communication for the CASCADE study, and his research focus is prevention care for chronic diseases.
Emery Anderson, Lewis and Clark College: Psychology and Gender Studies
Mollee Chenoweth, Lewis and Clark College: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Donla Gyalnub, Wellesley College: Biology and Sociology
Ashira Hasan, Portland State University: Biology
Rebecca Hayes, Portland State University: Chemistry
Jacquelyn Hoffman, Tulane University: Community Health Sciences (MPH)
Mellodie Kinkade, Portland State University: Public Health, Community Health Promotion
Victoria Lee, Trinity University: Communication
Jenny Li, Duke University: Sociology, Psychology and Global Health
Julia Lo, University of Oregon: Biology
Claire Londagin, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (MPH)
Marissa McCartney, Portland State University: Public Health Clinical Sciences
Andrea Nguyen, Oberlin College: Biology and Psychology (Pre-Med)
Minh Nguyen, B.S. University of Oregon: Biology (Pre-Med)
Kerry Plunkett, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: Epidemiology (MPH)
Lisa Rogash, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: Biostatistics (MPH)
Anna Sanchez, Public Health Studies, Pre-Clinical Health Science
Jonah Tappouni, University of Oregon: Kinesiology
William Walker, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: Epidemiology (MPH)