Our Team

wrightbill

Bill Wright, Ph.D.
Director

Ahmed_Jannate

Jannate Ahmed
Research Analyst

Angus_Lisa

Lisa Angus, MPH
Development Program Manager

Bartelmann_Sarah

Sarah Bartelmann, MPH
Development Program Manager

Bobo_Michelle

Michelle Bobo, MS
Development Program Manager

Lauren K Broffman

Lauren K. Broffman, MA
Associate Research Scientist

brownkristin

Kristin Brown
Administrator

buckley

RE Buckley, MPA
Research Associate

campbellamy

Amy Campbell, BA
Research Assistant

cohenclinehannah

Hannah Cohen-Cline, Ph.D., MPH
Research Scientist

dickeylindsay

Lindsay E. Dickey, MPH
Research Analyst

DeLong_Stacy

Stacy DeLong, MPH
Development Program Manager

DorenTaylor

Taylor Doren
Data Warehouse Analyst

Dulacki_Kristen

Kristen Dulacki, MPH, PMP
Operations Manager

fishdan

Daniel J. Fish, Ph.D.
Supervisor - Research & Reporting

gerowmark

Mark D. Gerow
Data Warehouse Analyst

holtorfmegan

Megan Holtorf, MPH, CCRP
Supervisor - Research & Reporting

jewellkelley

Kelley J. Jewell, BA
Administrative Assistant

Jones_Kyle

Kyle Jones
Research Analyst

royalnatalie

Natalie Royal Kenton, MS, MPH
Associate Research Scientist

KulkarniRajasekhara_Sheetal

Sheetal Kulkarni-Rajasekhara
Research Analyst

Albrecht_Kayla

Kayla McMenamin, MPH
Research Associate

mallinckrodtclodine

Clodine Mallinckrodt
Manager of Data Science and Analytics

juarezperezerica

Erica Millan-Juarez
Administrative Systems Coordinator

olsonnikki

Nikki Olson
Associate Director

parkmanbeno

Samuel Parkman
Reporting Analyst II

PhamTony

Tony Pham
Data Systems Analyst

Polonsky_Heather(2)

Heather Polonsky, MS
Research Associate

Principe_Leonor_Lync

Leonor Principe
Financial Coordinator

rinaldijb

J.B. Rinaldi
Project Manager

Rountree_Jen

Rountree, Jen
Project Manager

RuanXiaomin

Xiaomin Ruan
Research Analyst

rustvoldleif

Leif Rustvold, MA, MS
Senior Data Scientist and Technical Lead

Sanchez_Kiesha(2)

Kiesha Sanchez, MS
Project Manager

Stott_Will

Will Stott, CCRP
Project Manager

thompsonjt

JT Thompson
Research Assistant

vartaniankeri

Keri Vartanian, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Yu_ChiaHua

Chia-Hua Yu, MBI
Reporting Analyst


wrightbill

Bill Wright, Ph.D. 
Director

503-215-7170
Email

Biography
Bill J. Wright, Ph.D., is the director of CORE. Dr. Wright is a sociologist with a principal focus on survey design, and specializes in longitudinal research with low-income and vulnerable populations. His research focuses on the intersection between health policy, health systems design and the social determinants of health. Dr. Wright has led numerous studies of low-income Oregonians, and he is a principal investigator on the Oregon Health Study, the first-ever randomized trial on the effects of health insurance. His other research has examined cost sharing structures in Medicaid, the impact of continuity and churning in Medicaid, the impacts of accountable care health reform on outcomes for people served by Medicaid and the role of built and social environments as drivers of population health.

Areas of expertise 
Health care policy research Social determinants of health research

Education
Ph.D. in Sociology, 2002

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Wright B, Vartanian K, Royal N, Li HF, Matson J. Formerly Homeless People Had Lower Overall Health Expenditures After Moving into Supportive Housing. Health Affairs, Vol. 35, (2016) 20-27.

Wright B, Conlin AK, Allen H, Tsui J, Carlson MJ, Li HF. (2015), What does Medicaid expansion mean for cancer screening and prevention? Results from a randomized trial on the impacts of acquiring Medicaid coverageCancer. First published online 9 Dec 2015.

Baicker K, Wright B, Olson N. Reevaluating Reports of Defensive Medicine: Implications for System Reform. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. 2015 Oct 7

Taubman S, Allen H, Wright B, Baicker K, Finkelstein A. Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use: Evidence from Oregon`s Health Insurance Experiment. Science. 2014 Jan 17; 343(6168):263-8.

Allen H, Baicker K, Wright B.  New Medicaid Enrollees in Oregon Report Health Care Successes and Challenges. Health Affairs.  2014 Feb, 33(2): 292-299.

Allen H, Wright B, Harding K, Broffman L. The Role of Stigma in Access to Health Care for the Poor. Milbank Quarterly, 2014 June, 92(2): 289-318.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The opportunity to make an impact in a place where “impact” isn't just how many papers you publish, but how many policies and systems change in ways that make people's lives better.

Why is improving the health care system important to you? 
Somewhere along the way, health care became about delivering the services instead of creating health. I'm really intrigued by the idea of helping it get back to a more human-focused core identity.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The way we are able to thread science into policy by bringing the rigor of academic research to the point in time when decisions are actually being made. It's a tricky but rewarding balancing act.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Oregon is a living laboratory for health reform. It's a place that's not afraid to try innovative things. That's a great environment to do this kind of work!

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Ahmed_Jannate

Jannate Ahmed 
Research Analyst
Email 

Biography 
Jannate joined CORE in May 2016 as a research analyst. Before joining CORE, she’s spent a year and a half at Cambia working with claims data to support the Pharmacy, Case Management and Disease Management programs. In that role, she worked closely with pharmacists and caregivers, focusing on analytics and strategizing opportunities for cost savings and quality improvements.

Education
Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS), Bangladesh Medical College
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
AllCare Evaluation and Analytics
Bridges 2 Health Pathways
Housing Voucher

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
An opportunity to produce good quality and credible research outputs, including recommendations for improving the performance of healthcare systems, and the health of individuals and populations.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I believe better health is critical to social and economic development of a nation.

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Angus_Lisa

Lisa Angus, MPH
Development Program Manager
Email

Biography
Lisa is a public policy enthusiast and health services researcher. She joined CORE in August 2017 after working on health policy, health systems transformation, and public health projects in Oregon since the early 2000s. Lisa was a 2015-16 Australian-American Health Policy Fellow and studied integrated care strategies and measurement in initiatives across Australia.

Education
Masters of Public Health, Behavioral Science, Emory University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Washington Accountable Communities for Health – data and strategy advice
California Accountable Communities of Health evaluation

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The opportunity to work with a group of smart, curious, committed people (both at CORE and externally) to make meaningful improvements in health and health care. I appreciate that CORE’s approach incorporates  patient, delivery system, and policy perspectives and that our collective expertise spans research, information systems, implementation, and evaluation.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Improving the health care system benefits patients, professionals, and the collective public on many different levels.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and love the whole region.

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Bartelmann_Sarah

Sarah Bartelmann, MPH 
Development Program Manager 
Email 

Biography 
Sarah Bartelmann joined CORE in 2017 and works with health plans and accountable communities of health across Oregon, Washington, and California on measurement and evaluation. She is also working with community partners in SW Washington build a cross-sector data system to better understand the shared population being served by health, housing, education, and corrections.

Areas of expertise
Quality measurement, pay for performance programs, Medicaid, health policy

Education
Masters of Public Health, Tulane University 
Bachelor of Arts, Andrews University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
AllCare Coordinated Care Organization evaluation and analytics
California Accountable Communities of Health Initiative evaluation and technical assistance 
Community Connections Initiative

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The opportunity to work with such a smart and talented team and be involved with groups that are pushing to transform the health system and improve health outcomes for their communities.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
The United States spends more on health care than other high-income countries, with worse outcomes, and are only recently beginning to shift focus to upstream prevention and social determinants of health. We can do better.

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Bobo_Michelle

Michelle Bobo, MS 
Development Program Manager 
Email 

Biography 
Michelle joined CORE in the spring of 2017 as a Development Program Manager. 

She received a Masters in Medical Informatics from OHSU in 2002, and since then has built a career in the world of medical data. She has worked in several different realms with common themes involving processing and integration of large data sets, clinical quality metrics, and direct technology support to providers. She is, at heart, a data geek specializing in healthcare.

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Current projects are split between external facing client management work and internal facing projects which are aimed at continuously improving our operational processes and technical infrastructure.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
I love the hybrid approach of program analysis and public health research. Our work feels directly relevant to improving healthcare delivery for a very large and vulnerable population.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Because all people require proper healthcare in order to operate at their full potential.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I enjoy being able to contribute new perspectives from my previous professional experiences.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The summers. I’m not entirely sure how I survive the other 9 months. ;)

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Lauren K Broffman

Lauren K. Broffman, MA 
Associate Research Scientist 
Email 

Biography 
Lauren is an associate research scientist at Providence Health & Services Center for Outcomes Research and Education and a doctoral candidate at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. 

Areas of expertise
Program evaluation
Organizational development and management
Qualitative and case study methodology
Health policy 

Education
Doctoral Candidate, New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, Policy and Management Master of Arts, Columbia University 
Bachelor of Arts, New York University 

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population.

ACO Case Study: “Funding Accountable Care in Oregon,” Journal of Health Care Management. Article accepted.

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, J, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural PerspectivesJournal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
CORE's research tackles the challenge of health care transformation from all angles. We think about the policy lens, the patient experience, organizational strategy and the systems perspective.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
At CORE, we believe that everyone is entitled to good health and it is our responsibility to help build a health care system that realizes this goal.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
CORE leverages a team of experts to produce timely and actionable results. It is an honor and a point of pride to work with such esteemed colleagues and harness our collective knowledge to guide health care transformation in the right direction.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I don't! Because of my doctoral work at NYU, I telecommute to Oregon from New York City (and miss the beautiful Pacific Northwest every day). I do spend several weeks a year on site in Portland to work face-to-face with colleagues and stakeholders for various projects.

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brownkristin

Kristin Brown 
Administrator
503-215-7339
Email 

Biography
Kristin joined the CORE team with the expansion of the Oregon Health Study in 2010 and has played many parts—from project manager to qualitative interviewer, from grant writer to analyst. In her current role, she partners with the administrative team to guide internal policy, and oversees the team's development and communications strategies.

Areas of expertise
Grant writing
Program evaluation
Group facilitation
Process improvement
Qualitative interviewing
Focus groups 

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The CCO Case Study Project, 2012-2015.
VeggieCam: A Photovoice Evaluation, 2015-2016
Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative Community Engagement Workgroup, 2015-2016 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE amplifies the voices of those in our community who often go unseen and unheard. We learn so much by actually listening to real people.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
If we can improve care AND reduce costs, we can use those savings to pay for other cool stuff, like education, roads, parks, spaceships... etc.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
At our heart is a spirit of ingenuity. We're problem-solvers, we're tenacious and we're energized by challenges. I'm proud of the many times we made the impossible possible.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Surfing in the rain! Then warming up by the bonfire with a hoppy Oregon beer.

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buckley

RE Buckley, MPA
Research Associate
Office Desk Phone: 503-215-7552
Office Cell: 503-310-0052
Email

Biography
Buckley comes to CORE with a BA in Spanish and politics from Willamette University and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where they braved their first (and hopefully last) winter in the snow. Buckley has experience in teaching, creating collaborative policy with varied stakeholders, and policy research. Buckley uses they/theirs pronouns.

Areas of expertise
Social determinants of health research
Americans with Disabilities Act policy research
Public Administration

Education
MPA (Master of Public Administration), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
BA, Spanish and politics, Willamette University, College of Liberal Arts

Q & A
What drew you to work at CORE?
CORE's commitment to understanding how social determinants of health (like our environment, social structure, and culture) impact certain communities disproportionately inspired me to join the team and contribute to CORE's work.

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campbellamy

Amy Campbell, BA
Research Assistant
503-215-7159
Email   

Biography
Amy joined the CORE team as a research assistant in March of 2014. Prior to joining CORE, she worked in program evaluation and qualitative research in child care quality and early education for more than six years with the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of CORE, she serves as a member of the board for HEAR, a foster care research group committed to improving the lives and health of former foster children.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Chapman University              

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population. 

Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, J, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural PerspectivesJournal of Rural Health.  Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.   

Q & A
What is it about CORE that drew you to work here? 
The mission to improving the quality of patient care, access to care, the general well-being of the Medicaid population and the community as a whole.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Improving social and physical environments will promote better health for our society as a whole. Our current health care system is designed mostly to treat disease rather than keeping people mentally and physically healthy, and I would like to be part of the movement to change our health care system to a more integrated wellness-based model.

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cohenclinehannah

Hannah Cohen-Cline, Ph.D., MPH 
Research Scientist
503-215-7188
Email 

Biography
Hannah joined CORE in 2015 as a research scientist after completing her graduate work in epidemiology. She is passionate about epidemiology because it offers the potential to better understand what factors impact health and disease, and to design interventions that improve public health. Her previous work includes investigating the mechanisms by which the social and built environment influence health, examining the health consequences of the inequitable distribution of resources across different populations and exploring how and why individuals access health care.

Areas of expertise
Epidemiology 

Education
Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Washington
Masters of Public Health, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Health: Sciences, Society and Policy, Brandeis University
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Brandeis University 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE's ability to make a direct impact on population health through cutting-edge translational research that supports underserved populations.

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DeLong_Stacy

Stacy DeLong, MPH
Development Program Manager
971-347-5970
Email

Biography
Stacy DeLong joined the CORE team in 2009. She currently supports CORE’s data science and analytics work in Washington State, managing large-scale projects to build data systems and reporting tools to drive health system transformation. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Areas of expertise
Health Policy
Health care data & analytics
Project Management

Education
Master of Public Health, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Washington Health Care Authority - Healthier Washington Dashboard
Community Connections Initiative

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dickeylindsay

Lindsay E. Dickey, MPH
Research Analyst
503-215-6896
Email

Biography
Lindsay joined CORE in 2014 and works primarily with developing and maintaining performance metrics for health organizations.   In her education, Lindsay developed an interest in spatial trends of health and disease, and how social factors impact mental health and health behaviors.             

Education
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University      

Q & A              
What drew you to working at CORE?
Core pursues questions and produces information that are current and relevant to transforming health care and reducing health disparities in Oregon today. While I was drawn to CORE by the quality and content of the work, CORE's passionate and collaborative small-shop culture allows me to enjoy every day.   

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
For this position, I've learned a lot about different data systems as well as the complexities of quantifying health care transformation. My current projects also expose me to a number of new and innovative software for spatial and standard data visualizations.   

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the easy access to forests, mountains and coast that Portland's location allows. I also love that bikes and cars share the roads well, the weird tater-tot thing going on, and that my sense of fashion feels right at home here!

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Taylor Doren
Data Warehouse Analyst
Email

Biography
Taylor joined CORE in 2016 after spending 10 years at Oregon’s Department of Human Service’s Office of Forecasting Research and Analysis. While at DHS, Taylor gained experience working an integrated client data warehouse focusing on integrating member level data. Taylor’s work to build, expand, and maintain DHS’s Integrated Clients Services data warehouse provided foundational work experience in data cleaning, standardizing, de-duplication, and matching. They continue to develop and hone those same skills working on CORE projects utilizing Washington and Oregon Medicaid data.

Education
Graduate Certificate – Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Science – Information Technology, University of Phoenix
Master of Arts – Research Psychology, San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, Pacific University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Washington Health Care Authority Dashboard

Oregon Health Authority Dashboard

SW Washington Community Care Connections

Q & A              
What drew you to working at CORE?
I am drawn to working with data, readying it for analytic use and looking at ways to optimize code. I work best with a team and enjoy the collaborative and innovative nature of the staff at CORE. While those opportunities might exist in other organizations, I also love that the work CORE does as a whole is geared toward creating healthier communities in the Pacific Northwest. I feel like the work we do at CORE is making a difference to our part of the world.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I am a big advocate of social justice and improving the circumstances of those who do not have an equitable place in our society. Improving healthcare is one very important step in improving outcomes for all. Our broken and myopic health care system is failing people as often as it is helping people. I would like to see the balance tip so that we have healthier people living in healthier communities.

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Dulacki_Kristen

Kristen Dulacki, MPH, PMP
Operations Manager
503-215-7190
Email

Biography
Kristen Dulacki joined CORE in May of 2009 as a field supervisor on the Oregon Health Study. Now, as project manager, she works on a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation projects.

Her project topics have been wide ranging and include: measuring workplace wellness, the effect of adverse childhood experiences, health needs assessments, behavioral health integration, clinical quality improvement and evaluation of programs that impact vulnerable populations. She is also currently working on a number of program evaluation projects for the Providence Community Health Division.

Before joining CORE, she worked as a research associate and exercise physiologist in the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, where she conducted clinical exercise testing and managed a variety clinical and social science research projects.

Education
Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sports Science, Oregon State University
Masters of Public Health, Portland State University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Health Engagement Model Evaluation (HEM) (first paper to be published in the American Journal of Health Promotion)

Davis MM, Spurlock M, Dulacki K, Meath T, Li HF, McCarty D, Warne D, Wright B, McConnel KJ. Disparities in Alcohol, Drug Use, and Mental Health Condition Prevalence and Access to Care in Rural, Isolated, and Reservation Areas: Findings from the South Dakota Health SurveyJournal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015

Broffman, L, Spurlock, M, Dulacki, K, Campbell, A, Rodriguez, F, Wright, B, McConnell, KJ, Warne D, Davis MM. Understanding Treatment Gaps for Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Use in South Dakota: A Qualitative Study of Rural PerspectivesJournal of Rural Health. Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.

Evaluation of the Community Resource Desks for the Providence Community Health Division

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking and unique Oregon Health Study

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
There's only so much impact you can have at the individual level when you understand the social determinates of health and the factors outside of the control of people. Improving the health care system as a whole could help entire populations and communities be healthier, happier, and live longer, more productive lives. 

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The Oregon Health Study, both the quantitative and qualitative studies 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the beauty of Oregon and the variety of activities available from the mountains to the beaches. Also the downtown skyline over the Willamette River in Portland is beautiful.

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Daniel J. Fish, Ph.D. 
Supervisor - Research & Reporting
503-215-3147
Email 

Biography
Daniel joined the Data Science team at CORE in March 2015 as a Research Analyst specializing in numerical analysis, statistical programming, and modeling and simulation of complex systems. In his current role, Daniel supervises CORE’s Metrics and Forecasting team which provides analytic research and reporting services including calculation of quality metrics and integration and analysis of complex health systems data.

He received his Ph.D. from Portland State University in Systems Science with a concentration in Mathematics. He has research experience in mathematics, biophysics, bioinformatics, genomics, medical diagnostics and biostatistics. He has a broad analytical and computational background in numerical and statistical techniques in data analysis and scientific research, including predictive modeling, numerical simulation, pattern discovery and classification, algorithm development and analysis of experimental data.

Areas of expertise
Numerical analysis
Statistical programming
Modeling and simulation 

Education
Ph.D., Systems Science / Mathematics, Portland State University
Master of Arts, Mathematics, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Florida 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to work with a great team of very smart and energetic researchers who are invested in the community and are driving health care transformation.

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gerowmark

Mark D. Gerow
Data Warehouse Analyst
   
503-215-7170      
Email

Biography
Mark Gerow has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, most recently in health care IT. He enjoys streamlining development cycles and showing clients how to better use their data to drive their business needs. Prior to joining CORE, Mark worked with the state of Oregon, where he worked helping with system design and architecture, including supporting the transition of Oregon's health insurance exchange to the federal platform. He has also worked at Cognizant after many years with Xerox and ACS Inc. Mark has managed and mentored programmers and all phases of software development, from concept and production to post-production changes and modifications.

Mark enjoys learning about history. He and his family like to take in the spectacular natural areas around Portland.

Areas of expertise
Data architecture, data warehousing, software development, system analytics, data reporting 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
I moved from the private sector to the public sector work to have a greater impact in my community. When I learned about the opportunity with CORE, I grew more excited about having a greater impact to help our communities get healthy.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Seeing the impact our overall community health has a greater impact in our communities in other ways.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I'm excited about how our work can help communities provide better health and other services. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?  
The mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and oceans!

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Megan Holtorf, MPH, CCRP
Supervisor - Research & Reporting
503-215-1564

Biography
Megan joined CORE's data science team in October 2014. Her experience in research has stretched from basic science to clinical trials and population health. Prior to joining CORE, Megan coordinated adult oncology trials within the Knight Cancer Institute.

Areas of expertise
Biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial management and spatial analysis

Education
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Portland State University
Graduate Certificate, Biomedical Ethics, Portland State University
Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, Portland State University
Master of Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

Recent Projects
Health Commons
Health Share of Oregon Analytics 
Washington Health Care Authority Dashboards 
It Takes a Neighborhood

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The nature of CORE’s work across sectors and regions gives us a unique perspective on the systems and environments that contribute to improving population health.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE? 
As researchers and program evaluators, we work within the health care community to effect real change. We value community partnerships and collaboration at all levels of our work.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
I love getting outside and exploring every corner of Oregon. There isn’t a trail, river or back road that isn’t worthy of adventure.

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jewellkelley

Kelley J. Jewell, BA
Administrative Assistant
503-215-2593
Email 

Biography
Kelley joined CORE in October 2015 as an administrative assistant. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where she volunteered as a teen at Providence Hospital. She attended Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education with an English Literature emphasis. She has worked in the legal industry as a private investigator, genealogist, process service coordinator and administrative assistant for many years in both the Seattle and Portland metro areas. 

Areas of expertise
Legal support, investigations, genealogy, staff support 

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Teaching Certification, Whitworth University

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
It's an honor to support a group of people who are working to improve the health of this community in real and impactful ways.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
Living in a place where my ancestors settled after crossing the Oregon Trail is like coming full circle. I love the history of Oregon, the land and the people.

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Jones_Kyle

Kyle Jones
Research Analyst
503-215-2593
Email 

Biography
Kyle joined CORE in 2016 and works primarily on the quantitative analysis for research studies and evaluations. He has 10 years of experience in healthcare across three different continents and has worked with data at every stage of its lifecycle. Prior to joining CORE, Kyle led analytic work at The Africa Centre for Population Health in rural South Africa and on the National Survey for Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) at University College London.

Education
Master of Science (Epidemiology), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Master of Arts (Research Psychology), University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology, English), University of KwaZulu-Natal

Recent Projects
Project Nurture evaluation
Community Paramedics evaluation
Tri-County 911 evaluation
Take-Up study
PCORI Behavioral Health Integration study

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
Academic institutions typically consider a publication a research success. CORE doesn’t just try to research the healthcare system, our job isn’t done until the research affects real change. I feel like, at CORE, I maximize my ability to make a difference with the work I do.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Growing up in South Africa opened my eyes to how badly individual health can be managed; by the individual, the healthcare system, and the government. All healthcare systems are flawed, but the primary goal should always be to improve the overall health of the population. People sometimes lose sight of that, and if my work can help them refocus (even in the smallest way) then I’m making the difference I need to.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?  
My wife! I wouldn’t even be living here if I hadn’t met her in London and she brought me back with her to the U.S… So all the friendly people, the obscenely beautiful landscape, and the phenomenal food are first and foremost because of her!

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royalnatalie

Natalie Royal Kenton, MS, MPH
Associate Research Scientist
503-215-8107 
Email 

Biography
Prior to joining CORE, Natalie worked in the field of public health and nutrition research in Boston, coordinating and supporting studies that range from clinical and school nutrition to cancer prevention. She has always been interested in the power of qualitative research methods.

Natalie graduated from Tufts University's MS/MPH program in 2013, focusing on health communication and food policy. Natalie began working for CORE in February 2014.

Outside of work, she enjoys being active, eating great food and being an active member of the Portland community through volunteering.

Education
Master of Public Health, Tufts University, School of Medicine Public Health and Professional Degrees

Master of Science, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Program Bachelor of Science, University of Oregon

Recent Projects
The Life Study as part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population.

Veggie Rx

Oregon Health Authority OHA Coding

Healthy Living Collaboration evaluation

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
Research brought me to CORE, particularly the incorporation of qualitative and other innovative research methods.              

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
Improving the health care system is an integral piece in shifting the health paradigm to focus more on population health.              

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?  
Incorporating participants into our research. Participants often add the most fascinating and real lens to research – if you have access to that voice, you should use it.   

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?  
Proximity to my family!

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Sheetal Kulkarni-Rajasekhara
Research Analyst

Biography
Sheetal’s experience in healthcare spans from clinical medicine and patient care in India to research and evaluation in public health in the US. Sheetal has multiple years of experience in survey analysis. Prior to coming to CORE she worked as an analyst for disability research and evaluation at Oregon Health Science University and New Mexico Home Visiting at University of New Mexico. She joined CORE in September 2016 primarily and primarily supports evaluation research.

Education
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, India 
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Recent Projects
LIFE study 
Foster Care study 
Family Well-Being Assessment 
CareOregon Behavioral Health Integration 
Opiates Treatment project

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
Oregon is at the forefront of health care transformation and CORE offers a unique opportunity to advance this goal and impact policy with its body of work. On a personal level, it is exciting to be a part of this work while advancing your own analytical skills in an energetic and collaborative environment.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
The current US healthcare system is riddled with inefficiencies while costing the most globally. In its present state it is highly fragmented and also the leading cause of bankruptcy especially among vulnerable populations. Hence, there is significant need for improvement.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?  
The greenery, the outdoors and the eclectic food scene.

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Kayla McMenamin, MPH 
Research Associate 
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Biography 
Kayla joined CORE as a Research Associate in 2017. In this role, she provides scientific support to the organization’s Research Scientists, collaborating with teams spanning several diverse projects. Kayla is most interested in how social determinants of health – education, housing, food security, life events, etc. – influence health and health behaviors later in life. With a background in strategic communication, Kayla is also interested in how to best prepare and present evidence with the objective of driving effective, equity-promoting changes to health systems and policy.

Education
Master of Public Health (MPH), Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
I was drawn to CORE after meeting the team. This talented group of health and data scientists, professionals, and advocates is dedicated to shining a light on social determinants of health and how they influence health outcomes. CORE’s high-quality research and data systems innovations aim to drive needed changes to our current health system.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
While for-profit businesses measure their success through profits, health systems must begin to measure success through health. The current health care system in the US needs to realign its incentives – from money to health – while becoming more accessible and improving quality of care for all people. To do this, we need to build and disseminate strong evidence on what is working, what is not, and why.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
My favorite thing(s) about living in Oregon: endless opportunities to experience the natural beauties of the state… weather permitting. And good coffee.

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Clodine Mallinckrodt
Manager of Data Science and Analytics
503-215-7415
Email

Biography
Clodine Mallinckrodt joined CORE in June 2015 and is a member of the leadership team. Her focus areas include data systems infrastructure, personnel development, and strategy for operations and implementation of internal initiatives.

In 5+ years with Providence Health & Services (PH&S, now Providence St. Joseph Health), Clodine has served in a variety of data- and technology-focused management roles. After a stint in eHealth/Digital Health Services, she served for a year and a half as Manager of Planning Analytics for Oregon Region Strategic & Business Planning in SMS, followed by a year in Health Care Intelligence as Manager of Ambulatory & Physician Services Reporting & Analytics at the system level.

In 2015-2016, Clodine simultaneously served as Adjunct Instructor in Providence University (f.k.a. the University of Great Falls) in Montana. There, she developed and led the online course “Revealing Informatics: Understanding the Role of Data” as part of the new Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program.

From Wall Street to MarCom Way, Clodine's varied background includes interactive marketing communications, distance learning, data security and strategy management and consulting. She enjoys supporting analyst teams to develop data systems and processes, and to deliver data visualization and exploration tools to decision makers.

An advocate of usability and interaction design, Clodine is an active member of the Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO). She served pro bono for the Board 2013-2015. As Program Chair of CHIFOO, Clodine produced a workshop series on how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork, as well as a popular year-long monthly speaker series about the intersection of gaming technology with UI.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, French language and literature, Wellesley College
Concentration in computer science, including Masters-level studies at the MIT Media Lab
Independent Studies in advertising and multimedia

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Trained in Change Facilitation and Lean management, Clodine is a fan of continuous improvement. She has enjoyed introducing new tools and processes to better support the work of her talented and rapidly expanding team and their CORE colleagues.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
As a community activist and someone who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, I'm thrilled to be able to help support the work of a research group like CORE. Here, my colleagues are taking a look at population health through a variety of lenses, including the built environment and social determinants of health.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
A neighbor lost her home due to a medical bankruptcy. It is tough to explain that – and even my job – to relations in Western Europe, where health care is universal and not a business per se. I feel my values are in alignment with the Providence Mission of taking care of the poor and vulnerable, and with the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
I'm excited to help support the infrastructure that enables connecting rich data sets to enable meaningful analysis.

What your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Oregon's amazing bounty of fresh, healthy food. The farm-to-table movement is alive and strong here. My husband and I love journeys along the lines of “healthy gourmet” through experimenting in the kitchen and adventurous dining out – always eager to explore the intersection of “food as medicine” with “still tasty”.

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Erica Millan-Juarez 
Administrative Systems Coordinator
503-215-7170
Email

Biography
Erika has worked at CORE since 2009, starting as a data entry clerk and moving to lead clerk. In this role, she is critical to CORE's research work. She manages and verifies the surveys that CORE sends to participants and manages the data base system as well as the incentives to survey participants. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going hiking.

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models, a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2014 – 2017.

The Life Study, part of the Health Share of Oregon's Health Commons Grant. This study used life course methods to understand the role of cumulative trauma in the high-utilizing Medicaid population. 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
What drew me to work at core is the opportunity to learn new skills and be able to grow here at CORE. And the research we do helps many people improve their health 

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
The accomplishment of getting all the surveys sent out in a short time and quickly entered in when we received them back.

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Nikki Olson
Associate Director 
503-215-8963
Nicole.Olson2@providence.org

Biography
To Nikki, the cause of health disparities for low-income populations is well documented in the various data sets held by the agencies and entities who are working individually on the social determinants of health. Combining health care, education, housing, public safety and other services, she brings both people and data sets together to help identify what can collectively be done to improve the outcomes for the people they serve.

At CORE she is leading a team of analysts and developers in the design of health care data system that links medical claims data with these other data sources for the Washington Health Care Authority to support the state’s Accountable Communities of Health and the Healthy Living Collaborative. The team is also working on research projects to leveraging these data with a particular focus on outcomes for poor and vulnerable populations and the impact of social determinants of health on those outcomes. In 2013 the team created and supports a data system to support quality, cost and utilization reporting at the Oregon Health Authority for Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. It has evolved into a means for research and program evaluations conducted at CORE to assess the impacts of system-level and statewide transformation efforts aimed to improve health, quality of care and cost of care for Oregon's Medicaid population.

Areas of expertise
Health care analytics
Medicaid program
Social determinants of health

Education
Masters of Art in Sociology with a focus on health and health policy, Portland State University

Recent projects, publications or presentations
Panel at Health Datapalooza - Finding untapped value through sharing and use of multi-sector data
Health Commons Project
Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE? 
The amazing CORE staff who are so dedicated to improving community health and supporting each other.

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Samuel Parkman
Reporting Analyst II
503-215-0875
Email 

Biography
Beno joined CORE in 2014 as a contractor with the data science team. His value as a diversified technical expert quickly became apparent. He was hired as an employee in early 2015.

As a reporting analyst, his primary functions are interactive dashboard development, support and automation, using Excel while migrating towards a Tableau solution, a desktop and web-based data visualization tool. He has extensive experience with Excel, VBA, SQL Server, MS Access and enterprise-level business intelligence. He is also the owner/administrator of the Study Participant Database.

Beno has more than 20 years of technical experience working in industries such as engineering, travel distribution and consumer packaged goods. His combined experience, analytical thinking and attention to detail and presentation will help CORE expand its presence in the field of health care research in the future.

He is originally from Los Angeles, and has lived in Chicago and Washington state, but has chosen to make Portland his home.

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to work with a very diversified intellectual group and contribute in an equally diversified way.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I believe health care should be a right for all. One of the impediments to achieving that is the inefficiencies in its current implementation. The more we improve it, the more available it can be to all.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
Many of the projects on which I work save people time. Lots of time. I am glad I can help people do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The beauty, the culture, the variety. Portland is a gem of a city. Not too big and not too small. It has everything I want living in a city without many of the bigger city problems.

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Tony Pham
Data Systems Analyst

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Biography
Tony begin working at CORE in July 2017 as a Data Systems Analyst to maintain, design, and develop the data warehousing systems and processes used for CORE’s reports and data analysis. Prior to CORE, Tony began his professional career as an intern at Garmin and then worked in healthcare IT for over five years, mainly within Revenue Cycle and later in the Workplace Wellness space. He enjoys working with healthcare data using SQL Server, as well as creating visual reports. The majority of his experience is within the healthcare consulting industry where he utilized data to ensure patients are financially secured after their visits.

Education
B.S in Business Information Systems – Oregon State University
B.S in Management – Oregon State University

Recent projects, publications or presentations
Washington Health Care Authority

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
CORE’s mission of improving the health of underserved populations is what I find to be the most satisfying area of my job. I’m very fortunate to work for an organization that shares the same values as mine, has an inclusive and positive work culture, as well as being a place where I can continue to grow professionally.

Why is improving the health care system important to you?
I think everybody should be able to receive the healthcare services they need without having to worry about how they’ll pay for it. There are many approaches to this challenge and it’s in our best interest to collect the data and provide the tools needed for decision-makers to take the next steps needed to progressively provide better accessibility to healthcare services.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I appreciate that we get to experience all four seasons but I really enjoy the summer and autumn months in Oregon. I like to take my kids to the beach and go camping during the summer, as well as going on nature walks in the nearby forest trails. During the fall, I enjoy watching the Oregon State Beavers football games and hope to take my kids down to Corvallis more often as they get older - perhaps investing into some season tickets when they're ready to tailgate.

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Heather Polonsky, MS
Research Associate

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Biography
Heather joined the CORE team in 2017 as a Research Associate. In this position, she provides scientific support to the Research Scientists on a variety of different projects and programs. Heather is passionate about conducting research that seeks to reduce health disparities and improve the built environment. Prior to joining the CORE team, Heather was a Project Director for a school-based obesity prevention study in Philadelphia, PA.

Education
Masters of Science, Epidemiology, Temple University 
Bachelor of Science, Social Policy, Northwestern University

Recent projects, publications or presentations
Housing for Health
LIFE Study
Health and Outdoors Initiative

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I was drawn to CORE’s mission of improving the health of underserved populations. After spending the majority of my career in academia, I wanted to work more close with community organizations and partners to conduct research and program evaluations that could have a lasting and substantial change on people’s lives. I am excited to expand my public health knowledge base past obesity-centric research, and learn more about social determinants of health and healthcare transformation.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
The ample opportunities for outdoor adventure (climbing, hiking, running, biking!), and the endless supply of delicious food and craft beer.

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Leonor Principe
Financial Coordinator

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Biography
Leonor joined CORE in 2016 as a Finance Coordinator.  Leonor earned her BS in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Before joining CORE Leonor worked as a Departmental Research Administrator at Portland State University and brings to CORE 6 years of finance and research administration experience.

Recent projects, publications or presentations
Is working on creating and implementing internal financial systems for CORE.  Assists scientists and staff with financial compliance on externally funded projects. 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
The opportunity to work on a team and have everyone’s ideas come together to help solve community health issues.

Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
Improving our healthcare system is one of the ways to ensure that the underserved population gets the care that they need to live a healthy and long life.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Exploring all the natural wonders Oregon has to offer.

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J.B. Rinaldi 
Project Manager
503-215-8047
Email 

Biography
JB joined CORE in August 2009 to work on the Oregon Health Study. He is now a project manager focusing his time on completing projects with the high quality results on which CORE's reputation has been built.

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
The Health Commons Project
State Innovation Model (SIM) – evaluating the spread of the coordinated care model 

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I have always been interested in both health care and population health and enjoy working at CORE because of the direct and tangible impact it has on local policies and the health care system as a whole.

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Jen Rountree
Project Manager
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Biography
Jen served as a researcher and project manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland, Oregon, for several years, focusing on community health research to improve health and well-being among American Indian and Alaska Native children and families in tribal and urban Indian communities. Most recently, she served as project manager at the Oregon Pediatric Society, where she promoted the Screening Tools and Referral Training (START) program aimed at increasing the capacity of pediatric primary care providers and clinics around the state of Oregon. Jen is passionate about community based participatory research and applying health research findings to policies that make a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. Jen lives with her husband and eight-year-old son in NE Portland. In her free time, Jen loves trail running, cooking, and (re) learning how to play the piano.

Education 
BA Cultural Anthropology-University of New Mexico
PhD Psychology-Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

Recent projects, publications or presentations
I’m currently working on a number of program evaluation projects that aim to demonstrate that basic needs and services—including housing and social services—improve health outcomes. One of the larger projects I’m involved with is an evaluation of the California Accountable Communities of Health Initiative, which builds on the Accountable Communities of Health and Transformation Data Systems work CORE has been doing in Oregon and Washington to integrate resources and information sharing across community health providers as well as other sectors such as education, social services, and criminal justice.

Q & A
What is it about CORE that drew you to work here? 
CORE approaches health research to improve policies and practice through the lens of social determinants of health—people don’t live in a bubble, and if we truly want to improve health outcomes for everyone, we need to take other basic human needs into consideration. I’m especially drawn to the work that CORE does around the impacts of trauma and the protective factors—positive relationships, human services, etc.—that can mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
I believe healthcare is a human right, but it’s often treated as a privilege and a commodity in this country. To me, improving healthcare means increasing accessibility—through policies and funding, behavioral health integration, or technological solutions like telehealth programs.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
My favorite thing about living in Oregon is the diversity of climates and landscapes—the high desert, the rain forest, the coast, the mountains—it’s all here.

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Sam Ruan, MA
Research Analyst
503-215-8685
Email 

Biography
Sam joined the Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE) in fall 2016. His major background lies in population estimation and forecasting, and statistical and econometric modelling. In the study of traffic accident related injuries, Sam developed his interest in SQL querying, SAS/STATA/SPSS programming, and advanced medical claims data modeling and analysis. Since obtaining his master degree in Economics in 2005, Sam has served as a key population forecaster for the New Mexico State and sub-areas for nearly ten years and the Oregon State coordinated population project for three years. Now Sam contributes to metrics development and validation for multiple programs, including Washington Healthcare, OHA Medicaid, and Oregon Healthshare.

Education
M.A. in Economics, University of New Mexico
M.A. in Macroeconomics, Sichuan University
B.E. in Plastic Engineering, Sichuan University

Q & A
What is it about CORE that drew you to work here? 
It's an honor to become a part of a dedicated group who are serving to improve health of various communities through real and impactful ways.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
Love the weather of Oregon, plenty of fresh fruits year around, and gorgeous rivers and lakes within 30-minutes driving distance.

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Leif Rustvold, MA, MS
Senior Data Scientist and Technical Lead
503-215-7199

Biography
Leif Rustvold came to CORE after spending time in working in statistics and biological anthropology, providing him with a solid foundation and unique approach to data science work. At CORE he provides technical leadership for marque projects, working to pull information and meaning out of data so partners can use data improve their work and improve community health. He strives to create dashboards that can be used by laypeople who are working together to see the whole person they are trying to serve. By connecting data from sectors like health care, corrections, housing and education, communities can work together to identify, solve, and ultimately prevent issues that contribute to lower health outcomes. Leif previously worked as a bioinformatics research associate at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a married father of three, a daily bike commuter and an ultra marathoner.

Q & A
What is it about CORE that drew you to work here? 
CORE’s work feels really relevant to what is happening in health reform in Oregon and in the country. The impact is also more immediate than in prior work I did. We can see results. I like going home at the end of the day knowing that health policy legislation is moving forward because of the work we did. I also like that we have long-term projects that we work on that give us the ability to answer questions in a way that we couldn’t before. I have a personal need for knowledge and being at CORE provides me multiple opportunities.

Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
I personally have a hard time navigating our health system and I have every advantage you can get. it doesn’t matter where you stand where you stand on any of the issues, our health care system is really broken and being able to take part of recuperating this essential part of our community is important work.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE? 
Bringing together a multidisciplinary team to answer big questions with big data.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
I’m doing my part to keep Portland weird. I’m a native Portlander so everything we have here that others think is unique is just the normal way of things for me. And I love it here and am proud of our community. I had the opportunity to really build a multi-disciplinary professional experience here. I didn’t have to leave to do it. And the running trails are really great.

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Kiesha Sanchez, MS
Project Manager
503-215-2588

Biography
Kiesha holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, and a Master of Science in management and organizational leadership. Her thesis was a productivity time study conducted in a non-profit educational organization utilizing the DMAIC Improvement Process, (Lean Six Sigma), and Systems Thinking. Her work experience includes project management and project coordination in both non-profit, health, and educational organizations. During her off-time, she enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters and family, warm water fishing in the Gorge, and domestic and international travel.

Areas of expertise
Lean & Agile Methodologies (Scrum Fundamentals Certified)
Organization Development & Management
Database Maintenance & Graphic Design
Quality Assurance & Compliance
Performance Standards & Measures
Program Evaluation

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. 

Q & A
What drew you to working CORE?
It is a place where I can continue to learn and grow in my dedication to being a project management professional, but most importantly, CORE has given me the opportunity to become a part of a team of amazing and committed individuals who share in my passion for helping and working with our community, while partnering with other organizations that also share in our commitment and goals. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Being two hours or less from the coast, the desert, the mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and downtown Portland. Where else can you get that much variety so close to home?

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Will Stott, CCRP
Project Manager
Email 

Biography
Will joined the CORE team in 2017. As a project manager, he works on a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research as well as program evaluation projects. Prior to joining CORE, Will was a manager in the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. He led a team of 15 employees in conducting oncology clinical trials with a focus on phase I, melanoma, and thyroid research. Prior to that, Will led the head & neck cancer clinical research program for the Department of Otolaryngology at OHSU. He has co-authored and published several papers in the field of cancer research.

Education
Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP)
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Oregon State University

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Housing for Health
Improving Access to Treatment of Opiate Use Disorders
Optimal Aging Evaluation
Collaborative Engagement Team
Family Navigator Evaluation

Q & A
What drew you to working CORE?
After working primarily in industry-sponsored clinical research for 11 years at an academic institution, I was drawn to CORE’s mission of improving the health of underserved populations in our local communities. The focus on exploring the social determinants of health and collaborating with diverse healthcare programs is a new lens on research that I find particularly fascinating.

Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
As robust as our healthcare system is in Oregon, there are still many opportunities for improvement. Approaching the root of the healthcare issues by engaging the community in projects aimed at reforming health policy and health system design is something I am very passionate about.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
Being close enough to explore the mountains, coast, and high desert with my wife and young daughter, plus the numerous local parks to visit. Oregon also has countless scenic highways for enjoyable motorcycle rides. Of course, all the great food and amazing local breweries as well.

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JT Thompson
Research Assistant
503.215.2554 
John.Thompson2@providence.org

Biography
JT previously worked for CORE on the Oregon Health Study and rejoined the team in October of 2015.

JT is currently working on a variety of research projects focused around improving the health of underserved populations in Oregon.

Areas of expertise
Qualitative interviewing
Data collection
Continual Process Improvement
Writing

Education
Political Science Degree – Portland State University

Q & A
Why is improving the healthcare system important to you?
Improving health care effects communities as a whole and I strive to help improve the health of my community.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE? 
Giving a voice to the community members that participate in our research projects.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
The summer weather and the amazing restaurants around town.

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Keri Vartanian, Ph.D. 
Research Scientist
503-215-2594
Email 

Biography
Keri joined CORE in January of 2015. She has more than ten years' experience developing and running research projects. Her research expertise is in biomedical engineering, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, immunology, genomics and public health.

Keri enjoys integrating her biomedical research expertise in a public health setting with the goal of improving community and population health outcomes.

Prior to joining CORE, Keri received her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in 2009 with a concentration on biomedical engineering and cardiovascular disease. She did postdoctoral research at OHSU in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department where she did basic science research and drug development.

Areas of expertise
Biomedical science Education Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Arizona

Recent Projects, Publications or Presentations
Redesigning Service Delivery through the Tri-County Health Commons

Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection between Housing and Health Care

Connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Cardiovascular Disease in the Local Low-Income Population

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
I came to work at CORE because of the translational nature of their work and their emphasis on improving the health of the community.

What are you most proud of in your work at CORE?
That we are working, collectively, to understand and address the social determinants of health.

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon?
I love the scenery and easy access to so much natural beauty.

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Chia-Hua Yu, MBI
Reporting Analyst
503-215-7170
Email 

Biography
Chia-Hua joined CORE in November 2015 as an analyst to develop reports, data visualizations and other data products to support client operations and decision-making. Prior to joining CORE, Chia-Hua worked as an informaticist with the Maternal and Child Health program at the Oregon Health Authority. His work experience includes designing and implementing lightweight data solutions for public health nurses and analysts, carrying out statistical analyses and creating information visualizations for internal and external customers.

Areas of expertise
Statistics, business intelligence, informatics

Education
Master of Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University
Bachelor of Arts, Reed College

Q & A
What drew you to working at CORE?
My favorite aspect of working at CORE is being amongst a dedicated team who both appreciate the finer points of data science, while having a keen understanding of the mission. 

What's your favorite thing about living in Oregon? 
The vibrant culinary scene and natural beauty.

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