C.H.E.F.®’s Health Equity Partners™ Division Hires New Coordinator for Health Advocates Program

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Seattle-based Health Equity Partners™ announced that it has hired Gretchen Hansen as Coordinator for its new Community Health Advocates Program.

Gretchen Hansen recently joined the Health Equity Partners division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.) as Coordinator for its new Health Advocates Program.

Gretchen's work experience and credentials make her an excellent addition to our team, and we look forward to her contributions in the launch and successful coordination of our new Health Advocates Program.

Health Equity Partners™, the division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) that strives to reduce health inequities through a powerful combination of advocacy, education, grant-making, and partnerships, announced that it has hired Gretchen Hansen as Coordinator for its new Community Health Advocates Program. In this position, Hansen will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating all aspects of this resident-based program at the Salishan Housing community in Tacoma.

Reporting directly to Kathy Burgoyne, PhD, Vice President of C.H.E.F.’s Health Equity Partners Division, Hansen will also work in partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma Pierce County Public Health, the Kimi and George Tanbara Health Center, and the Salishan Community Association to recruit, train and support a group of Salishan Community residents as Health Advocates for their families, friends and neighbors.

With fifteen years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, Hansen joins C.H.E.F. from the Tacoma Community House, where she was employed most recently as Adult Employment Coordinator. Prior to this, she served as Community Education Programs Manager at the Tacoma YWCA. Earlier in her career, Hansen held positions with the Tacoma YWCA as Domestic Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, as well as at Helping Hand House in Tacoma as Emergency Housing Specialist. Hansen is a graduate of the University of Washington, Tacoma.

According to Kathy Burgoyne, PhD, Vice President of C.H.E.F.’s Health Equity Partners Division, "Gretchen’s work experience and credentials make her an excellent addition to our team, and we look forward to her contributions in the launch and successful coordination of the new Health Advocates Program”.

About Comprehensive Health Education Foundation

Founded in 1974, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) is a nationally known nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health and quality of life through education. With a long history of innovation in bringing better health to individuals and communities, C.H.E.F.’s efforts today focus on eliminating health inequities through a powerful combination of advocacy, education, grant-making, and partnerships, as well as consulting. Whether assisting organizations in becoming more effective advocates for change as part of its Health Equity Partners™ division, or providing consulting through its MissionWise® division to help organizations better deliver services and become more sustainable, C.H.E.F. brings together foundations, government, nonprofits, and coalitions to create a social movement to eliminate health inequities. For information about C.H.E.F. and MissionWise, please visit http://www.chef.org and http://www.missionwise.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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