Six Employees Join Oregon Primary Care Association

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) has added six employees to its Portland-based team.  Three of the positions are new.

 

Joining OPCA are:

  • Stephanie Castano, outreach & enrollment coordinator (new position)
  • David Chea, APM project coordinator (new position)
  • Krista Collins, data analytics & quality improvement specialist
  • Matt Payne, operations manager
  • Carlos Rojas, fiscal manager
  • Jessica Yen, social determinants of health manager (new position)

 

Staff growth reflects the increasing importance to Oregon’s health care system of a variety of topics: Use of data to improve patient health; the socio-economic and behavioral conditions that affect health (social determinants of health); enrollment of patients in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act; and new ways to deliver and pay for health care services.

 

Who’s new:

 

Stephanie Castano – Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator

Stephanie plans and coordinates communications and trainings for outreach and enrollment workers (OEWs) at community health centers in Oregon.  She works with officials at the Oregon Health Authority and the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange to provide OEWs with the latest information on the enrollment process.  She has a bachelor’s degree in public health with a focus in health promotion and health behavior from Oregon State University.

 

David Chea – APM Project Coordinator

David provides administrative, logistic and project coordination support for initiatives aimed at reforming payment methodology and health care delivery at community health centers in Oregon. Prior to joining OPCA, David worked as a quality improvement intern at OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond. He has a BA in health management policy from Oregon State University.

 

Krista Collins, Data Analytics & Quality Improvement Specialist

Krista works with community health centers to collect health outcome data and use it to drive improvement in care.  She helps clinics better understand both state and federal data measurement practices and launch quality improvement strategies and systems.  Before joining OPCA, she spent four years as lead quality improvement specialist at Central City Concern’s Old Town Clinic in Portland.  She has a BS in psychology from Southern Oregon University.

 

Matt Payne – Operations Manager

Matt coordinates operational needs for Oregon’s health centers in the areas of quality assurance, compliance with federal requirements, workforce support and peer networking.  He also works with health centers on the integration of oral health and primary care and serves as operations manager for the staff at OPCA.  Prior to joining OPCA, Matt spent seven years as director of clinical support services at Peak Vista Community Health Centers in Colorado Springs.  He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's in counseling psychology from Colorado Mesa University.

 

Carlos Rojas – Fiscal Manager

Carlos provides full oversight and administration of OPCA’s financial system, including the accounting function.  He has spent his entire professional life with non-profits and has worked with Salud Medical Center, Cedar Hills Hospital, OHSU, and the Hearing and Speech Institute.  He has a BS in accounting from the Universidad Autonama de Centro America in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

Jessica Yen – Social Determinants of Health Manager

Jessica defines and organizes OPCA’s work around the social determinants of health and patient complexity.  She focuses on the root causes of poor health, including lack of housing, education and access to healthy food.  Before joining OPCA, she worked with health centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, managing projects to implement population management initiatives and develop enabling services programs. She has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

About OPCA:

The Oregon Primary Care Association is a nonprofit membership organization of 32 community health centers operating through 200 sites across the state.  OPCA educates key decision-makers at the state and federal levels about the value of health centers and provides technical assistance and training to its members.  Our mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all.  For more information, seehttp://www.orpca.org.

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