Community Health Workers of CHP
The EWC Central Coast region works with a team of bi-cultural and bilingual community health workers to provide health education classes throughout our local communities to individuals who are 21-64 years old, have low income, and have rarely or never been screened.
Yadeel Lopez, Community Health Worker & Patient Navigator
Yadeel has been involved with many projects at Community Health Partnership regarding health coverage and women’s health. She has been a Community Health Worker in Santa Clara County with EWC since 2010. She enjoys her job because she gets the opportunity to get to know other people and educate women in the community about breast and cervical health. Through her extensive experience in navigation she has worked with many women to overcome barriers to access early detection and prevention exams. She also offers her support in obtaining necessary identifications from their country’s consular services. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, listening to music and working on crafts. Yadeel is bilingual in Spanish and English, and a graduate of Technological Institute, Sinaloa, Mexico in Computer Science and Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Promotora de la Salud.
Phuong Le, Community Health Worker
Phuong has been a Community Health Worker in Santa Clara County with EWC since 2014. She really loves to help people who are suffering from health problems and feels this role helps her to do that. Phuong is bilingual in Vietnamese and English, and is a graduate of San Jose State University’s Health Science department, with a concentration in Gerontology.
Lourdes Vargas, Community Health Worker
Lourdes has been a Community Health Worker in Monterey County with EWC since 2016. Throughout the years she has gained a passion for advocating, supporting and empowering people, specifically women. She has a background in supporting community members in order to help them improve their lifestyle and connect them with proper healthcare options. Among her many talents is a strong skill set for communication including a strong listening ear. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Lourdes is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health and Wellness, from California State University Monterey Bay.
Socorro Alanis, Community Health Worker
Socorro has been a Community Health Worker in Santa Cruz County with EWC since 2018. Her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor helps her feel comfortable helping women be aware of the importance of getting their check-ups on time. It is rewarding for her when she hears from women she met share how the information she provided helped them overcome barriers in accessing breast and cervical cancer screenings, therefore she is proud to be part of Community Health Partnership-Every Woman Counts! She is a very social person and enjoys helping others, running in marathons, and spending time with family and friends. Socorro is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is a graduate of Santa Cruz High School.
Carmen Castillo, Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator
Carmen has been a Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator in Monterey and Santa Clara Counties with EWC since 2015. She enjoys meeting women to provide health education, assisting with Patient Navigation, and encouraging them to take care of themselves by getting their routine check ups. She develops strong relationships with the women she meets and follows up with them in regards to their care. She also enjoys the positive team work among her fellow CHW's and Health Educator. Annually, Carmen participates in Relay for Life in Salinas with Team Nana’s Hope, and enjoys crafting and bike riding. Carmen is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a graduate of Bryman Vocational School and Monterey Institute of Touch. She worked previously as a Medical Assistant in Comprehensive Perinatal Services Programming, a Massage Therapist, and a Childcare Provider.
Elena Olsvold, Community Health Worker
Elena has been a Community Health Worker in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties with EWC since 2008. Her ability to reach out to woman, and her passion for the Every Woman Counts Program, makes her job gratifying. Connecting to women at outreach events and educational classes on Breast and Cervical Cancer means a lot to her. She also connects with women she follows up with for Navigation Assistance. This phone conversation gives her an opportunity to reach out to women, and inform them about the program more effectively. Her greatest satisfaction is to help the uninsured and to know that every woman that she speaks with will have the opportunity to take advantage of this amazing program. She believes it is necessary to connect with the community, to get to know them, and understand their needs. As a mom and a wife, she is always trying to balance her passion for what she does and her family.
Rosa Quiroz, Community Health Worker
Rosa has been a Community Health Worker in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties with EWC since 2016. She has always had an interest and worry/concern about everybody’s lifestyles, how they live, and what they eat and drink. She has nine years of experience as a Promotora in the areas of emergency preparedness, tobacco control, nutrition, and breast and cervical cancer awareness. She enjoys her job since she gets to help people, teach classes, and give advice on how to take care of themselves. She feels satisfied when she calls women and hears that they used the program and made their appointments. This program really helps a lot of people, and she gives thanks to God for allowing these programs to exist. Rosa is fluent in English and Spanish and has attended Gavilan College.
Sau Ching Mui, Community Health Worker
Ching has been a Community Health Worker in Santa Clara County with EWC since 2017. She enjoys taking care of others and is proud of herself for becoming an EWC CHW. She considers herself a shy person and had to challenge herself to become more open-minded in this role. In addition to her role as CHW, she is also a Medical Assistant at Golden Heritage Senior Living. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, gardening, playing with her dog, and reading. Ching was born and raised in Hong Kong and is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is able to understand Mandarin as well. She received her teaching credential from Grantham College of Education in Hong Kong and also graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Jesslynn Keiser, Community Health Worker
Jesslynn is one of our newest CHWs in Santa Clara County and was brought on to the team in Fall 2019. She is deeply passionate about personal health advocacy and community involvement. As such, she understands how crucial it is to hold space for personal identities and experiences in human health. This holds particular significance to her, as she recently lost her Aunt to Cervical Cancer. In her time outside of CHP, she works in the EMCC Program of Hope Services as a Social Worker and Job Coach for adults with disabilities.