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The Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees


The Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CHWCMR) is a passionate group of volunteers dedicated to the promotion, empowerment, leadership, continuing education and integration of Community Health Workers (CHWs) into the healthcare system to improve the quality of life of migrants, the mobile poor and refugees. Our Members: are comprised of CHWs, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisers and other related titles, and representatives of academic, media, government and private institutions and dreamers, who believe in the cause and would like to contribute their professional expertise toward improving the quality of life of migrants, the mobile poor, and refugees by incorporating CHWs to clinical and community-based settings.

Mission Statement:  Encourage and support Community Health Workers who serve migrants and refugees by creating new opportunities and developing innovative solutions.

Vision: Support CHWs to allow them to increase their personal potential, improve their quality of life, support their family, and better serve their community.

Values: Compassion, Respect, Leadership, Integrity, Hard work, Accessible and trusted members of the community


CHWCMR Executive Director: Ileana Ponce-González-Snohomish

Operational Board:

Laura Flores Cantrell - Seattle

Giselle Zapata-Garcia - Seattle

Jesus Reyna - Seattle

Jeanna Lee - Snohomish County

Silvia Kennedy – Snohomish County

Socorro Garcia - Pasco


External Advisory Board:


Jody Early, Ph.D., M.S., MCHES

Associate Professor

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Associate Director

Teaching and Learning Center

University of Washington Bothell

pronouns: she/her/hers


Lilian Bravo

Director of Publich Health Partnerships

Yakima Health District


Nora Coronado, MSW

Director of Community Partnership and Development in the Center of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)


Alejandro Paw Sang

Diabetes Lead

Community-Based Prevention Section

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention Program



Assistant Member, Cancer Prevention Program

Public Health Sciences Division

Associate Professor

University of Washington, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services


Maria Blancas, MPH

University of Washington


Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation


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