Maggie Sullivan, MPH
Maggie Sullivan serves as Executive Director and primary Grant Writer for Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon. She came to the Organization in 2012, and under her leadership the Coalition has increased its staffing and added several new projects. These include a Health Equity Coalition and a Preconception Health Project.
Previously Maggie worked as Education Program Manager for Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon, where she was involved in community education programs including Teen Theater, Youth Action Research, Community Based Participatory Research, advocacy work for comprehensive sexuality education, and professional training.
She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English & French from the University of Notre Dame. Her community service includes service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Maggie’s introduction to public health came as a Peace Corps volunteer, living and working in Central Africa. It was an eye-opening experience that led her to choose public health as her career path, and ignited her passion for health equity.
She loves to camp, hike, bike, swim in Oregon lakes and rivers, watch soccer games, salsa dance, and listen to eclectic world beat music.
Manager, Healthy Start of Southern Oregon
Renee Greenwood serves as Program Manager for the Federal Healthy Start Grant of Southern Oregon. She joined forces with HCCSO in May 2015 to manage efforts in reducing infant mortality and eliminating perinatal health disparities in Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas Counties.
Her roots are embedded in Louisiana where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. During this time she worked in various child development research laboratories and discovered the world of reproductive health and child cognition.
Renee’s drive for learning about both biological and environmental factors influencing infant health continued as she researched epigenetics at The University of Iowa. She then went on to study Developmental Psychology in graduate school at The University of Virginia. Teaching child development courses to university students and serving as a parent educator for impoverished families catalyzed her passion to close the health and education gaps resulting from socioeconomic disparities.
After participating in various projects to combat domestic and international maternal and child health crises, a career merger of research and community advocacy naturally ensued. She has published on executive function impacts on children’s health and continues to strive to start difficult conversations on maternal and child health in communities.
Renee is a lover of all things natural. Organic foods, mountains, and beaches are just a few of her favorites. She enjoys watching and practicing classic dance genres, eating seafood, and taking trips to fun places in nature that cannot be fully captured through a photo. She is very excited to have all four seasons on the west coast.
Amanda Singh Bans
Equity Coordinator, SO Health-E
Amanda Singh Bans is the Equity Coordinator for SO Health-E, a project with the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon that seeks to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes that promote equity and address the social determinants of health. She was hired on in February, 2017, and was formerly an instructor of Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College.
Amanda is originally from California, though she has spent over half her life in Oregon, collectively, making Southern Oregon her second home. She received a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2009, with a focus on race, class, and ethnicity, and will receive a Master of Social Work Degree from Portland State University in 2018.
Growing up in a multicultural and multiethnic family, Amanda was exposed at an early age to racial justice issues. It was during her undergraduate experience that she learned the language of gender and sexual equity, and she began volunteering for a domestic violence and sexual assault organization that would later launch her career as a coordinator for two different DV/SA agencies in both Oregon and California. She has been contracted as an independent trainer/facilitator for local and regional nonprofit and governmental agencies to educate on cultural literacy, and has served on a variety of committees in the Rogue Valley working towards social justice. More recently, Amanda has been immersed in the field of social work, and is passionate about expanding dialogues of the social determinants of health to include mental health disparities.
Amanda loves cooking (and eating), having stimulating conversations, traveling, and spending time with her young son. Although she will miss the dynamic and inspiring conversations she has had with her students over the past six years, she is excited to be working for an organization that is working toward creating equity on a macrolevel.
Community Engagement Advocate
Annie Valtierra-Sanchez serves as a bilingual Community Engagement Advocate for the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon. Through her coursework and many years of community involvement, Annie gained a more complete understanding about how social determinants affect health equity. She received a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Anthropology from Southern Oregon University, and a certificate of applied research. Her course study also includes psychology, nutrition, and cultural competence. She is an avid advocate for education, which has shown to be strongly linked to healthier behaviors and therefore better overall health. Children of parents with higher education also experience better health.
Annie recently worked as the Assistant Coordinator for Southern Oregon University’s Minority Outreach Programs. She served as treasurer for SOU’s Latino Student Union, coordinating and facilitating events that support student, campus, and community engagement, and leadership and diversity. Her experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds, cultural collaborations, and development encompasses different organizations and sectors. These include: conferences and special events at SOU; several committees at her church, where she has coordinated and collaborated in many social and fundraising events; planning and facilitaton for Southern Oregon’s Women’s Leadership Conference; and working with the Oregon Community Foundation’s Latino Partnership Program advisory board. Her commitment to the diversity and inclusion of people from different racial, ethnic, age, gender identity, socioeconomic and ability backgrounds is the constant motivation of her work.