Kachina Inman has worked with the Healthy Living Collaborative project since its inception in 2012, and currently serves as the HLC’s Executive Director. Kachina received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in Community Health Education and has over a decade of experience in Public Health. She has worked in a variety of different settings, including both direct client engagement and regional policy and systems work. Kachina began her career working in direct service in the area of HIV Prevention, gaining valuable experience working directly with vulnerable populations before moving into a regional position managing a grant to combat HIV across eleven Southwest Washington counties. Kachina coordinated a Community Transformation Grant through the Affordable Care Act aimed at chronic disease prevention through policy, systems, and environmental approaches. Recently, as Executive Director of the HLC, she has worked to develop community partnerships with over 50 organizational partners in Southwest Washington, facilitated the development of a common agenda across partner organizations, and raised the resources needed to implement the HLC’s community transformation plans.
Teresa Lavagnino, MSW/MPH, is the Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordinator for the Healthy Living Collaborative, supporting CHWs across 3 counties in Southwest Washington. A staff member of the HLC since May of 2016, Teresa is dedicated to supporting community-driven strategies to improve health equity and is proud and inspired to be a part of the HLC CHW’s work to improve policies and systems and the health of individuals, families, communities. Ms. Lavagnino has over 11 years of experience working with Community Health Workers, most recently with immigrant and refugee communities in Portland, OR where she coordinated culturally specific Community Health Worker and healthcare navigation programming. Teresa developed her passion for working with CHWs as a health promotion volunteer with the US Peace Corps from 2003 to 2005 in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
South Kelso Community Health Advocate Coach
Ophelia Noble, began working as a South Kelso CHW in November of 2015 after moving from Vancouver, WA to Kelso, WA in 2014. Ophelia has worked diligently to broaden the local public health conversations to include equity and social justice. She served on the Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) Steering Committee, for 9 months, bringing an “equity lens” to the teams' conversation. In 2016, she became the HLC's South Kelso CHW Coach and began working on broadening the team's reach to support the work and needs of South Kelso's communities of color, youth, homeless, and other marginalized groups in an effort to raise unheard voices and improve health equity.