Joe Sammen, Executive Director
Joe has been working for over a decade to improve the health of communities—both across the nation and around the world. At his core, he believes the desire for good health is the closest thing our society has to a universal goal, making the promise of health equity an incredible call to action for people from all walks of life. His work at CCMU maximizes his great talents as a relationship-builder, researcher, and communicator, to engage and mobilize health leaders and community residents, empowering them to improve the health of their community. As a leading expert on collaboration, health equity, and health care systems change, Joe advises and coaches state and local leaders and works closely with communities around the state of Colorado providing technical assistance in facilitation, research, strategic visioning and networking. He serves on the steering committee of the State Innovation Model and the Better Care, Better Cost, Better Colorado initiative, as well as the board of the West Mountain Regional Health Alliance. Joe earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and computer science at the University of Denver and also holds a master’s in public health from the University of Washington. He has been a part of the CCMU team for over five years.
Joe has presented on and facilitated conversations about such topics as: the state of health coverage and access in Colorado, the impact of health reform on Colorado, social determinants of health and health equity, community health, storytelling, collaboration, among others.
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Katie Bayne, Development & Communications Coordinator
Katie has long had a passion in communication around social issues, and has been applying her skills in this area to help effect real change in the health care sector. She earned a bachelor’s in communication studies and French, from Niagara University, and a master’s in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver. She believes in using effective, culturally sensitive communication to help educate, engage, and connect with her fellow Coloradans on important health care issues. Katie has been a part of the CCMU team for a year.
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Aubrey Hill, Director of Health Systems Change
Aubrey advocates for those whose voices aren’t often heard. At CCMU, she combines her deep understanding of health policy with her drive to make the legislative process more inclusive and to implement beneficial health care laws. She is passionate about connecting policymakers and communities to improve the health system, and directs CCMU’s legislative and government relations work. Aubrey is a member of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Class of 2013 and a coach for new classes. She is Vice-chair of the Medicaid ACC Program Improvement Advisory Committee, a member of the Provider subcommittee of the Medicaid ACC, and a co-lead on the All Kids Covered Coalition leadership team. A New Orleans native, she holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Spring Hill College and a master’s in public policy from the University of Denver. She has been a part of the CCMU team for over five years.
Aubrey has presented on and facilitated conversations about such topics as: incorporating empathy into clinical practices to improve patient outcomes, social determinants of health and health equity, background and context-setting on health care policy and policy-making, and background on Medicaid and CHP+ 101, among others.
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Sarah McAfee, Director of Communications
Sarah has extensive experience in both the non-profit and for-profit health care sectors focusing her work on increasing awareness and engagement through effective communication. Her approach is founded on the belief that doing good work in silence will never cause an organization’s mission to be achieved, so she aims to inspire individuals and communities to understand, support, and work toward the same vision that CCMU works for day in and day out. Sarah serves as the Chair of the Board of Tech4Good Denver, is a member of the Impact Denver Class of 2015, and a member of the Colorado Healthcare Communicators, who honored her with their Professional of the Year Award in 2014. Sarah holds a bachelor’s in anthropology and a master’s in public administration, both from Arizona State University. She has been a part of the CCMU team for five years.
Sarah has presented on and facilitated conversations about such topics as: storytelling, communicating through data and design, access to care, and health equity, among others.
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Jessica Nguyen, Community Initiatives Coordinator
Jessica is passionate about working within the public health realm because of its ability to improve the health of populations from the local to global level. She understands that there are factors beyond an individual’s control that can impact their health and access to care. At CCMU, Jessica works toward reducing these barriers, utilizing her academic and experiential background. She earned a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s in public health from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Aditi Ramaswami, Public Policy Coordinator
Aditi is devoted to the quest for health equity in Colorado. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colorado College, where she became interested in the injustice in the U.S. health care system. She applies her academic and health policy experience to CCMU’s policy and systems change initiatives focused on promoting equal access to affordable, inclusive, and quality health care for her fellow Coloradans. Aditi additionally serves on the board of Aurora Mental Health Center. She has been a part of the CCMU team for over a year and a half.
Aditi has presented on and facilitated conversations about such topics as: incorporating empathy into clinical practices to improve patient outcomes, social determinants of health and health equity, children’s health care quality, and the state of health coverage and access in Colorado, among others.
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Our staff are professional, experienced speakers with expertise in a variety of topics. If you wish to have a CCMU staff member speak at or facilitate your meeting, please contact that individual directly. If your inquiry is more general in nature, please contact Sarah McAfee at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, a small fee may be assessed.
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