Joe Sammen, Executive Director

Joe SammenJoe has a passion for working to solve complex public health problems and a long history of community organizing. His work at CCMU maximizes his talents as a relationship-builder, researcher, and communicator, to engage and mobilize Coloradans. Joe advises and coaches local leaders and works with communities around the state providing technical assistance in facilitation, research, and strategic visioning. He serves on the board of Project ECHO and the West Mountain Regional Health Alliance, as well as the State Innovation Model’s Steering Committee, the Colorado Health Access Fund’s Advisory Committee, and the Better Care, Better Cost, Better Colorado Steering Committee. Joe earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and computer science at the University of Denver and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington. He has been a part of the CCMU team for over five years.

» See what Joe has to say in his blog posts.

Contact Joe: 720.987.9570 | joe.sammen@ccmu.org | @joemsammen

Katie Bayne, Development & Communications Coordinator

Katie BayneKatie has long had a passion in communication for social justice, 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.

» See what Katie has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Katie: 516.582.5036 | katie.bayne@ccmu.org | @katierbayne

Denise Gomez, Community Initiatives Manager

Denise GomezDenise has a passion for health equity, community organizing, and social justice. Her passion stems from growing up in an immigrant family that deeply values education, hard work, and civic participation. She has worked to empower communities and impact change in Colorado through a variety of grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Colorado State University and is currently working toward an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver. She also serves on the board of the Colorado Participation Project.

» See what Denise has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Denise: 720.217.3985 | denise.gomez@ccmu.org

Aubrey Hill, Director of Health Systems Change

Aubrey HillAubrey 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.

» See what Aubrey has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Aubrey: 504.615.3085 | aubrey.hill@ccmu.org | @aubreykhill

Sarah McAfee, Director of Communications

Sarah MapesSarah 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.

» See what Sarah has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Sarah: 720.270.6470 | sarah.mcafee@ccmu.org | @sarahdmcafee

Jessica Nguyen, Community Initiatives Coordinator

Jessica NguyenJessica 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.

» See what Jessica has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Jessica: 720.789.8522 | jessica.nguyen@ccmu.org | @jessicapnguyen

Aditi Ramaswami, Public Policy Coordinator

Aditi RamaswamiAditi 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.

» See what Aditi has to say in her blog posts.

Contact Aditi: 303.437.1456 | aditi.ramaswami@ccmu.org | @aditiramaswami

Speaking Opportunities

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 sarah.mcafee@ccmu.org. In some cases, a small fee may be assessed.

 

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