OCOE Community Action Coalition

Community Action Coalition in Western Washington

The Office of Community Outreach & Engagement (OCOE) uses needs assessment data to define the cancer burden in the catchment area and comprehensively identify and guide efforts to address the cancer burden and inequities. The OCOE overall goal is to attain health equity for all individuals, regardless of their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic residence, or any other potentially limiting factor. 

To achieve this objective, the OCOE has convened a Community Action Coalition (the Coalition), consisting of over 40 community leaders representing all 13 catchment area counties in Western Washington, to review and guide our response to the dynamic needs of the area. Conducting research between catchment area communities and researchers is a bidirectional process. In partnership with the Coalition, we utilize data and stakeholder feedback to inform goal setting priorities and the development of strategies to address the cancer burden in the catchment area.

Working with communities in the catchment area, the OCOE supports an expanded outreach and research infrastructure, which includes expansion of patient navigation and community health educators to promote engagement of catchment area populations.

Left: Bottom row (L-R): Mary Ann O’Garro , Tammy Wild, Bridgette Hempstead, Sharmane Joseph, Jenna Bowman Top row (L-R): Craig Dee, Dillon van Rensburg, Derek Stonefish, Eudora Carter, Marty Chakoian, Silvia Kennedy, Jessica Bluto, Jennifer Siegal, Liszet Bigelow, Danté Morehead. Right: Council member Bridgette Hempstead talk with OCOE members.
Left: Bottom row (L-R): Mary Ann O’Garro , Tammy Wild, Bridgette Hempstead, Sharmane Joseph, Jenna Bowman Top row (L-R): Craig Dee, Dillon van Rensburg, Derek Stonefish, Eudora Carter, Marty Chakoian, Silvia Kennedy, Jessica Bluto, Jennifer Siegal, Liszet Bigelow, Danté Morehead. Right: Council member Bridgette Hempstead talk with OCOE members.

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Coalition Members

Carisa Almquist

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Becky Bryan

Kathleen Sutton Fund

Jenna Bowman

Washington State Health Care Authority

Karen Boysen-Knapp

Kitsap Public Health

Marty Chakoian

Us Too/WA State Prostate Cancer

Colleen Chalmers

Chief Seattle Club

Jay Cho

Korean Women's Association

Elizabeth Custis

Mason County Public Health Department

Norilyn De La Pena

Public Health Seattle/King County

Gail Hemmann

Pierce County Housing Authority

Bridgette Hempstead

Cierra Sisters, Inc.

Beverly Hill

Center for MultiCultural Health

Sandra Huber

Verdant Health Commission

Kelsey Jenison

Island Hospital

Becky Jones

Citrine Health

Sharmane Joseph

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Silvia Kennedy

Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Puget Sound

Vy Le

Mercy Housing

Dave LeSarte-Meeks

Vadon Foundation

Eudora Lowery Carter

Center for MultuCultural Health

Martha Matthias

Tacoma Housing Authority

Anne Miles

Citrine Health

Shaquila "Keyla" Moore

Pierce County Public Health

Mary Ann O'Garro

Thurston County Public Health

Jodi Olson

Public Health Seattle/King County

Anh Ong

WA State Department of Social & Health Services

Katie Orth

Olympic Medical Center

Suzanne Pak

Korean Women's Association

Ed Prince

WA State African-American Affairs

Cindy Pullido

Sea Mar Community Health Center

Alanna Rodgers

Sound Outreach

Ardis Schmiege

Stilly Valley Health

Rahel Schwartz

YMCA

Mohammed Shidane

Somali Health Board

Schelli Slaughter

Thurston County Public Health

Dan Story

WA State Department of Social & Health Services

Marissa Thomas

For the Breast of Us

Sarah Thompson

Seattle Reproductive Medicine

Katie Treend

WA State Department of Health

Ryan Whisnant

American Cancer Society

Margie Willis

Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans (ECANA)

Ben Young

Communities of Color Coalition

Giselle Zapata-Garcia

Latinos Promoting Good Health