Happy New Year!
Contemplating the dawn of 2023 from the vantage of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend is a reminder to me of all we can accomplish when we join together across our differences to build a wider community rooted in love, solidarity and the idea of uplifting others. Timely, as well, as our theme for 2023 is Uplift.
The Civil Rights Movement remains a lodestar for us as we pursue a vision of eliminating health inequities in our part of the world, grounded in the shared values of community, compassion and equity. Community invokes the interdependent relationships we have with our neighbors, and it signals, too, the lines of care and affinity we consciously create with one another; this is the community we strive to uplift in our mission to serve the health and wellbeing of our region.
Speaking of community, this month it gives me great pleasure to welcome Serena Lourie and Alan Baker of Cartograph Wines as our newest Healthcare Hero Community Partners. As you will read in the conversation we had with them below, Serena and Alan are driven to uplift by just this spirit of community care–a focus recently recognized with a tremendous B Corp “Best for the World: Communities” designation.
Also this month, Board member Montserrat Archila speaks with her colleague at Providence, Amy Ramirez, about Providence’s Community Health Investment team, a key community partner of ours in uplifting local voices in a community-led research and visioning process informing the creation of Community Wellness Centers in three north county neighborhoods.
And finally, it is a true joy to be welcoming this month four new members to our Board of Directors! This month, we profile two of them, Yudith Correa and Ann Elston.
As I take up the duty and privilege of serving as Chair of the Healthcare Foundation Board, I am fortunate to have such exceptional colleagues, role models and allies close by. I would like to personally thank my remarkable predecessor as Chair, Scott Hafner, and the Healthcare Foundation’s seasoned and passionate executive director Kim Bender for being two of these, along with the greater Healthcare Foundation family of which you are a part.
With sincere wishes for a healthy, joyful 2023 in community,
Community Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Amy Ramirez of Providence’s Health Investment Team
Healthcare Foundation Board member Montserrat Archila is the Mission Leader for Providence’s Healdsburg and Petaluma hospitals as well as at Providence’s Physician Enterprise in Sonoma County. Before serving in her current role at Providence, Montserrat served for 16 years in its Community Health Investment (CHI) department, a team that supports the Healthcare Foundation’s Community Wellness Center initiative in Windsor and in Healdsburg as part of its focus on underserved communities in north county. Montserrat recently spoke with CHI’s Amy Ramirez about this unique and impactful partnership, and a shared vision for investing in community health in northern Sonoma County.
Welcoming Our New Board Members
The Healthcare Foundation is driven by a dedicated Board of Directors and a small but mighty staff. We are pleased and deeply grateful to welcome four new members to our Board this year. Below we introduce two of our new colleagues, Yudith Correa and Ann Elston, with two more introductions, Ingrid Maltrud and Mona Hanes, to come next month.
The Healthcare Foundation Board strives to reflect the diversity of the region we serve. The thoughtful leadership, volunteer labor, and material support of our Board members have made possible over two decades of impactful service to the health and wellbeing of northern Sonoma County region’s most underserved and vulnerable neighbors. We thank all of our Board members past and present for their compassionate service to the community, and bid a hearty welcome to our new colleagues!
Yudith Correa is an innovative leader with over 20 years of commitment to equitable healthcare and over a decade of progressive healthcare leadership. Yudith earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sonoma State University and her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Leadership and Management from Western Governors University. She started her journey in community health centers as a volunteer and quickly learned that her passion was to serve her community as a nurse and leader. Yudith approaches community health through a social justice and equity lens. She began her career at Santa Rosa Community Health as a frontline registered nurse, growing into different roles over her nine-year tenure.
From 2020 to 2022, she served as Director of Nursing at OLE Health, located in Napa and Solano Counties and serving a large farmworker community. She was recently selected to serve as Chief Operating Officer for Santa Rosa Community Health, re-joining the team in September 2022. Yudith has firsthand experience with the inequities in less resourced communities and keeps this at the forefront of her mind when prioritizing her goals. Her vision is to support health systems in expanding their definition of equity and acting on the current gaps for patients and staff. Her passion is to uplift those around her and support them in becoming the best version of themselves.
Although she was a civil litigator in San Francisco for more than 35 years, Ann Elston has deep roots in rural communities, beginning with her childhood on a family farm in Iowa. Ann received her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of San Francisco in 1979. She and Larry Lossing, her husband and law partner in Lossing & Elston, have owned a ranch near Cloverdale for 30 years. It has been their primary home for 10 years. She was a founding member of La Familia Sana, a nonprofit focusing on helping the Latinx community in emergencies and longer-term aid, and is on the board of AVFilm Presents. While living part-time from 2001 to 2006 with the Tuaregs in Niger, the poorest country in the world, she was inspired by the power of people working together for the survival of all. She carried that lesson home to California.
Healthcare Hero Community Partner Spotlight: Cartograph Wines
Healthcare Hero Community Partners are business sponsors who make an annual commitment. As mission-aligned contributors, our Community Partners support the Healthcare Foundation’s vision to eliminate health inequities in our region.
The Healthcare Foundation is pleased to welcome one of our latest Healthcare Hero Community Partners, Cartograph Wines, a Russian River Valley producer specializing in small-lot, elegant Pinot Noir and based in Healdsburg. We had a chance to speak recently with owners Serena Lourie and Alan Baker, the inspired and inspiring couple behind Cartograph, which is also a Certified B Corp dedicated to sustainability and creating positive social and environmental impacts. Alan and Serena founded Cartograph Wines in 2009, and purchased their first vineyard in 2016.
Save the Date
We invite you or your business to join our community of Noche sponsors BY JANUARY 31st to be included in the 2023 sponsorship brochure.
To make your pledge click the link below or contact Mary Ott, Development Director at (717)542-4625 or mott@healthcarefoundation.