Introducing OPCA’s Health Equity and Quality Improvement AmeriCorps member

Share your name, title, and preferred prnouns: Maya Roe-Bauer, Health Equity and Quality Improvement AmeriCorps member, she/her/hers

What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I just graduated with a BA in
public health and I am so grateful to be starting my career with OPCA as an AmeriCorps member. In my free time, I love being outside hiking, swimming, or kayaking. I also practice a very healthy lifestyle by being vegan, as well as running and meditating every day.

What are 2-3 things we should know about your role at OPCA? As part of the Transformation team at OPCA, I am involved in Advanced Care Learning Collaborative and Quality Improvement efforts including advisor’s calls and workshops. I am also part of the OPCA Health Equity Committee, which has been listening to CHCs about what ways we can support their health equity journey and are now making a strategic plan to carry out work based on what we have heard from members.

What OPCA value do you identify with most and why? OPCA values are social justice, integrity, collaboration, innovation, data driven. The OPCA value I identify most with is social justice. The inequitable way privilege is assigned in this society has always been something I wanted to work to combat. I am committed to challenging the status quo and working to change the way wealth and opportunities are distributed in this country. Working with OPCA to ensure that Oregonians have health care that is accessible, affordable, and equitable is one way I am doing my part in the fight for social justice.

What excites you about the work you do at OPCA? Knowing that what we do at OPCA is making a difference for the lives of Oregonians drives me to work harder. It is gratifying to see projects I have worked on actually helping clinics to better serve their patients.

Anything else you want to share? Travel is a huge passion of mine and I’ve been to 16 countries!

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