Ben Duncan, BS, Chair
Ben Duncan is the Chief Diversity Officer for Multnomah County. His work focuses on the relationships between health and social, economic, and environmental conditions through both public policy and community based empowerment work. Ben is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Ben moved to Oregon in 1997 to pursue a degree in Environmental Science from University of Oregon and has lived in Portland since 2001.
S. Marie Harvey, MPH, DrPH, Secretary
Dr. Harvey is a public health researcher with 35 years of experience conducting research focused on the sexual and reproductive health of young adults and has published widely in the area of risk and prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs among high-risk young adults. She has been the recipient of many research grant awards, as well as the 2008 Carl Schultz Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health from APHA. She is currently Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs and OSU Distinguished Professor of Public Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Her current research includes work to further understanding of HIV acquisition/transmission by increasing knowledge regarding the intersection between reproductive behavior and HIV prevention. The goal of her funded five-year CDC grant is to evaluate the impact of CCO implementation and the expansion of Medicaid on the health of Medicaid-eligible women of reproductive age and infants in Oregon. She is dedicated to the use of research findings to inform policies and practices that improve the health of young adults.
Aaron Lones, MPH, Treasurer
Aaron Lones is a senior associate with Point B Management Consultants, an employee-owned company that helps organizations form, execute, and thrive. Aaron’s work extends primarily to the areas of healthcare management, business, and technology. He has extensive experience in population health initiatives, public and private payer systems, health program planning and evaluation, strategic partnerships, and business sustainability. Aaron lives in Portland with his wife and three daughters. He is a long-time advocate and supporter of safety-net organizations and is an adjunct professor with the Oregon Health Sciences University Division of Management.
LaKeesha is the Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division. She is certified by the State as a Community Health Worker and a Peer Support Specialist. She started off working with systems when she was a part of the WOW Project through HealthShare, Kaiser Permanente, ORCHWA, and five community based organizations, working on well-child checks and mental health. Through her advocacy for culturally-specific mental health services for those on OHP, LaKeesha was the recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association 2014 Emerging Leader Award. After that she worked with CareOregon for multiple years, providing peer support services to their members contracted through the Urban League of Portland and the African American Health Coalition. Born and raised in Portland, she has seen the gentrification, gang-violence, drug-epidemic, and trauma faced by her community. Since being in recovery, she has worked tirelessly reaching back to her community to give them hope and get them the appropriate resources to become healthier, overcome barriers, and also recover.
Bruce Goldberg, MD
Dr. Goldberg has devoted his professional career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of health services particularly to vulnerable populations. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Effectiveness and Associate Director of the Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Bruce served two Oregon Governors, as the Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and then was the founding Director of the Oregon Health Authority. Bruce led Oregon’s nationally recognized health reforms transforming Oregon’s Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care. In addition he established Oregon’s Healthy Kids program providing health coverage for all children, modernized Oregon’s antiquated mental health system and transformed the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. His experiences span time as an administrator of large complex organizations, a practicing clinician, teacher/academician, a county health officer, medical director for a Medicaid managed care organization, and Clinical Director for the US Public Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He was a faculty member at the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine for more than 15 years.
Anne Philipsborn, MA
Anne Philipsborn worked with NIKE, Inc. in a variety of roles- including product development, sales and strategic planning- for over 20 years. Her most recent position was as the North America Project Manager for NIKE, Inc. She obtained her BA in French Studies from Northwestern University and her MA in French Studies from New York University. Anne brings many skills to the OPHI board including: systems thinking, strategic planning, facilitation, project management, communications and goal setting. Anne’s specific area of focus in public health is nutrition and physical activity.
Nicola Pinson, JD
Nicola is a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates. She conducts health policy research and analyses, and supports state Medicaid programs, state and local government agencies, health plans, providers, community-based organizations, and other groups to design and implement health system reforms. In 2004, Ms. Pinson authored Oregon Public Health Institute’s (then known as Community Health Partnership) report on school soda contracts. Since then, she has remained involved with OPHI and joined the board of directors in 2010. Ms. Pinson’s passion is using the law to help improve the health of our communities.
Jennifer Pratt, MS
Jennifer Pratt is Design Team Lead in CareOregon’s IdeaLab. In this role she leads innovative human-centered design processes to identify social service interventions using commercial design thinking. Prior to this, she served the Oregon network of community health centers through the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) for over seven years. She led a state-wide systems innovation initiative to bridge the primary care medical home and the social determinants of health, and served as the organization’s Deputy Director and Policy Director. Jennifer brings a broad base of knowledge and experience in Oregon’s health and health care systems, have served a myriad of stakeholders across the state as a systems-change and organization development consultant. She has worked in both rural and urban parts of the state and understands these differing health contexts. Jennifer is committed to moving measures on health equity. To this end, she developed and lead OPCA’s “Elevating Equity” initiative. She holds an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organization and community development.