About the Community Health Board Coalition

We serve our Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) communities to transform the societal conditions in which we exist.

Our Philosophy

CHBC believes that in order to better serve BIPOC (black, indigeneous and people of color), immigrant and refugee communities, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Public Agencies, Non-profit and government agencies must focus on Leadership development programs that intentionally recruit people of color and that incorporate individual leadership training, organizational capacity building, and constituency development. 

Such programs include goal oriented, place-based policy work that enables participants to develop the skills and tools needed for effective policy engagement and advocacy. Programs should provide opportunities for formal and informal mentoring and support networks of relationships across boundaries of race, ethnicity, and class. 

The wisdom and experience of BIPOC communities hold a promise beyond enhancing the quality of life in communities of color. Leaders in these communities can help create substantive policy changes that lead to greater economic, health  and social equity across economic and social sectors. The nation suffers when these voices are not heard. The promise of democracy is fulfilled when everyone has the opportunity to be part of the conversation and influence policy outcomes.

Our Approach to Health

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Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) research approach emphasizes the importance of creating partnerships between researchers and the people for whom the research is ultimately meant to be of use (“knowledge users”).
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Decolonizing Research

All of the research conducted by CHBC applies decolonizing and anti-racist methods in order to shift health care systems and policy and better serve our communities.
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Methodologies

Collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings.

Leadership Council

CHBC’s Leadership Council members are members of our 15 health boards who are selected by the exisiting members of the LC. Their responsabilities include:

  • Commit to serving on the CHBC Leadership Council for 12 months
  • Lead and or co-lead projects, so the work is shared across all members
  • Consistently participate in weekly meetings (Mondays at 5 PM)
  • Facilitate CHBC meetings on a rotational basis
  • Be accessible and responsive to phone, text, and email communications
  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Provide insights about community needs and opportunities to ensure the work of the CHBC is well informed and pertinent
  • Represent CHBC at various meetings, as needed

Members are approved and appointed by the existing CHBC Leadership Council.

Co-Chairs

Dr. Damarys Espinoza

Dr. Damarys Espinoza is the co-founder of the Afro Descendant and Indigenous
Health Board. Dr. Espinoza is a Xicana of Náayeri/Cora descent. She is a medical
anthropologist, researcher and educator committed to disrupting legacies of historical trauma that affect BIPOC communities. She works advancing racial equity strategies in local government and is adjunct faculty at University of Washington.

Dr. Robin Narruhn

Dr. Robin Narruhn is co-founder of the Pacific Island Health Board and Assistant
Professor of Nursing at Seattle University where she teaches courses on immigrant health, structural competency, and critical theory. She is Marshallese on her father’s side and has roots in the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Fiji and New Zealand.

Leadership Team

Bénédicte Bicaba

Bénédicte brings her passion for advocating for equitable and context-specific solutions for underserved communities to the CHBC. Her identity as a first-generation Black immigrant from Burkina Faso – combined with leadership experience across the global health, nonprofit, and private sectors – shape her approach to healthcare solutions.

Bénédicte enjoys photography and hiking.

Sandra Huber

Sandra Huber is a Latinx Health Board member, and leads the Multicultural
Programming for Verdant Health Commission in Lynnwood, WA. Sandra’s passion for community work expands over the last 18 years in Snohomish County. She is a Community Health Worker and a parent coach with a focus specifically on women and children. Sandra also represents/supports the Afro-Latinx movement in Snohomish county, partnering with the Afro Latino Festival for the last couple of years among many other activities.

Candace Jackson

Candace Jackson is co-founder of the African American Health Board. Candace is
from Milwaukee, WI and is a granddaughter, daughter, niece, cousin, friend and member of her local community. She hates talking about herself. She works alongside members of the African American Health Board as part of the CHBC as well as several other grassroots spaces that are working to serve Black folks and other communities experiencing intersecting injustices. She enjoys the ocean, good food, and connecting deeply with people.

Lan Nguyễn

Lan Nguyễn is a Vietnamese Health Board member and has over 15 years global
experience in community development and emergency management. She provides leadership on mental health assessment and COVID 19 response in the Vietnamese community. She executive produced the Vietnamese Health Board COVID-19 video Public Service Announcement to educate the community about prevention and mitigation measures centered around Vietanemse culture and lived experiences. Ms. Nguyễn is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning studying resilience to disaster and risk communication in BIPOC and low-income communities.

Yordanos Teferi

Yordanos Teferi is an Eritrean Health Board member and is an eDiscovery attorney
with over 16 years of experience in combined law firm and Fortune 100 companies. Upon returning to Seattle, Yordanos began serving on the board of the Eritrean Community Center which introduced her to the great work of the Multicultural Community Coalition for which she currently serves as the Interim Executive Director. Yordanos also serves as a Steering Committee member of the County’s Pandemic and Racism Advisory Group, on the City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative Interim Advisory Board, Seattle Department of Transportation Policy Advisory Group, Transportation Equity Workgroup, as well as on the Communities of Opportunity Governance Board.

Collaborators

Our Coalition Members