Trisha joined the Willamette Health Council team as the Community Health Program Manager in April 2023. She is passionate about contributing to a healthcare environment that promotes thriving instead of surviving. She firmly believes that who you are and where you live should not dictate your ability to connect with accessible and effective healthcare. On behalf of the health council and the Marion-Polk CCO, she collaborates with local health system partners and organizations to lead the development and implementation of the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), focusing primarily on initiatives working to improve behavioral health, substance use, and housing for the region. Before the health council, she worked as a Hatfield Fellow for The Malden Collective, implementing LiveWell, a quality assurance and performance improvement program for assisted living and residential care communities in OR, WA, CA, and ID. She also worked as a program evaluator for the Doernbecher Gender Clinic and has held other various roles in the healthcare and service industries where she has fostered a love for connecting with and helping people. After receiving her BA with a major in Biology and a minor in theater with a focus in dance from Lewis & Clark College, she attended the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health to receive her master’s in public health in Health Systems Management & Policy. Though she was born and raised in California, she has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest and has called it home since 2012. She currently resides in Portland, with her husband and two retired racing greyhounds. A serial hobbyist, she enjoys social dancing, birding, and sewing, among many others.
Trisha Kumar, MPH
Apr 7, 2023 | Staff