We are proud to welcome Da’Naya Mayes to the CCPH team! Based in Portland, OR with an MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, Da’Naya will be supporting RADx-UP and other CCPH initiatives as a Program Coordinator. We asked her a few questions about her work and what brings her to CCPH. Check out her bio to learn more. 

What made you decide to join CCPH?

While receiving my masters in systems engineering and having the opportunity to work in community clinics, I encountered the many barriers that cause patients to have less than optimal healthcare and quality of life, and the importance of creating and establishing systems and processes that promote equity. When I came across CCPH, I took one look at their mission and knew this was the place for me! I am so honored to work for a company where I can use my skills combined with my passion for health equity to transform minds and communities. 

Tell us about the work you’ll be doing to support RADx-UP and CCPH. 

As a program coordinator, I will be providing coordination, project management and consulting assistance and support for the RADx-UP program. I will also be assisting in the development, review, and coordination of policies, materials, training and communications to support community engagement initiatives for CCPH overall. I look forward to collaborating across all projects and programs and having the opportunity to learn new skills from all my amazing team members!

You have a lot of experience in patient navigation and education. What has inspired you to do that work?

Having the lived experience of being a minority woman and watching my community members struggle to navigate the healthcare system, I saw the power that education holds. It is so important to equip the community with the necessary education, materials and resources to have autonomy and sustainability over their own health and communities. I am so inspired and passionate to create equitable processes to break down those barriers, while also seeing patients and their communities advocate for themselves and thrive.