Emily’s work focused on health innovations that bridge healthcare and public health. She leads OPHI’s work on the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative, a cross-sector partnership that aims to improve health, equity, and conservation outcomes for all Oregonians by increasing the presence of and access to parks, nature, and the outdoors. She also manages the Consumer Confidence Project, supports OPHI’s HEAL Cities and HIA programs, and works closely with the Oregon Community Health Workers Association. Emily holds a Master of Public Health: Health Management & Policy and is fluent in Spanish.
Emily can help you:
Develop or advance upstream innovations that promote health and equity and bring new partners to the table
Create and implement person-centered health system transformation projects
Facilitate group processes, including issue prioritization and system redesign
Design, manage, and evaluate programs and projects
Connect to the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative
Barton knows firsthand the healing powers of nature and is passionate about removing access barriers so that all Oregonians can know the benefits of time in green space. He leads Willamette Partnership's work on the Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative, and his strengths include facilitation, strategy development, and communications.
Throughout his career, he has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors on reducing achievement gaps for underserved and underrepresented communities. His most recent projects include co-authoring the Green Infrastructure & Health Guide and working with a group of Oregonians with spinal cord injuries to develop policy recommendations and design considerations for accessible camping facilities in conjunction with the Oregon State Parks Department.
In addition to his work with the Initiative, Barton also works with Portland’s intravenous drug using community at the country’s second-oldest syringe exchange clinic and volunteers with Brown People Camping. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Natural Resource Management from Portland State University.
Yesenia Castro is a certified Community Health Worker and Public Health . She has worked in prevention for the last 10 years. Yesenia was awarded a national award for her prevention work in 2008 by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Of America. Formerly she was the Mid-Columbia Health Equity Advocates Coalition Coordinator with Nuestra Comunidad Sana and The Next Door Inc. Yesenia has extensive experience working with different sectors in the Mid-Columbia Region to ensure Latino inclusion and voice in community initiatives related to education, housing, transportation, immigration, access to healthy food, and access to free or reduced physical activities. She is passionate about social justice and equity, and loves to be outdoors on her free time. She currently serves as a board member for Familias en Acción. Yesenia studied Public Health and Merchandising Management at Oregon State University
Edna Nyamu is the Deputy Director for the Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA). Edna received her Master of Science in Global Health at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) from Portland, Oregon. She is also a certified Community Health Worker (CHW) by the State of Oregon, and a member of the Traditional Health worker (THW) Commission under Oregon Health Authority/ Office of Equity and Inclusion. Edna speaks three languages, Swahili, Maasai, and English, and does Swahili language interpretation. She has a deep understanding of cross-cultural practice and has years of experience working closely with immigrants, refugees, and people of color.
In her work with ORCHWA, Edna is able to use her position to advocate for CHWs and communities that experience health disparities across the state of Oregon. Edna is passionate about engaging her community and other people of color to learn about the benefits of health and outdoors activities.
Bobby Cochran is currently pursuing a one-year research fellowship at the National Policy Consensus Center. Cochran is known for his ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental problems. At the NPCC, he will be conducting research that can contribute to building new strategies around two themes:
How to support ongoing collaborative systems (e.g., Coordinated Care Organizations or forest collaboratives) so that states and communities have the capacity to address rapidly evolving problems stemming from economic, climate, and other disruption; and
How to structure social impact and public finance so that communities can access the capital they need to innovate on their solutions using their leadership, especially for water infrastructure and health equity.
Bobby is known for his ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental problems. He currently leads Willamette Partnership as their Executive Director, where he focuses his work on health equity and the outdoors and moving Willamette Partnership’s core strategies forward. Under his leadership, Willamette Partnership is applying conservation solutions to advance three core strategies: green infrastructure, working lands conservation, and resilient communities in throughout the West with a focus in the Pacific Northwest. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader living in Portland, Oregon, Cochran is learning ways to address health equity in communities.
Prior to joining Willamette Partnership, Bobby Cochran worked on community-based conservation solutions with rural communities in Northern California and China. He also works on green infrastructure solutions with wastewater facilities in the Pacific Northwest. He received a Ph.D./M.A. in Urban Studies/Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, and his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. He has a B.A. in Biology and Society with a French Studies minor from Cornell University. In addition to serving as Willamette Partnership Executive Director, Cochran teaches green economics as an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. When he’s not working or teaching, he enjoys spending time in the mountains with his two daughters and wife and attempting trying to grow spicy chilies during Oregon’s summers.