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Fitness, Food, and Friends: Layering supports for members seeking lifestyle changes to address chronic conditions

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In 2014 Jackson Care Connect partnered with the local YMCA to address chronic conditions through wellness programs. Together they identified barriers that were preventing members from achieving healthier lives, such as food access and transportation, and have seen results through a multifaceted approach.


Trish Styer, Ph.D. is a Quality Improvement Analyst at Jackson Care Connect, overseeing quality metrics strategies and evaluation of innovative clinical and community wellness projects. Trish collaborates with several interdisciplinary teams, fulfilling a long-held goal to use her analytic skills to directly impact patient care and community health.
Trish is a member of the 2015-2016 cohort of Clinical Innovation Fellows, sponsored by the Oregon Council of Clinical Innovators. As a CCI Fellow, Trish supported strategic planning efforts to develop a sustainable funding model for community and member engagement programs. Trish previously worked as a healthcare analyst for Acumentra Health and contributed to projects to reduce hospital readmissions and improve medication safety for Oregon Medicare beneficiaries. Trish is a graduate of Reed College and the University of Chicago.

Hannah Ancel is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Jackson Care Connect, working to engage community partners in developing programs to address social determinants of health. During her time at Jackson Care Connect Hannah has worked on a Veggie Rx Voucher program, a CSA Veggie Box program, making cooking equipment and cooking classes available to members, transportation options to make healthy food accessible for those living in food deserts, and a comprehensive food support program to help members with diabetes achieve their diet goals.

A native of Vermont, Hannah graduated from Salve Regina University with a degree in Anthropology and Historic Preservation. Hannah moved to Oregon in 2009 to begin a career in community food systems organizing in the rural community of John Day. In 2012, Hannah moved to Southern Oregon to continue in the field of food systems and food security while working for the regional food bank, ACCESS.

Tammy Miller is a registered CHW with the Oregon Health Authority and a certified Master Nutrition Specialist. She is the Wellness and Nutrition programmer/educator for the Rogue Valley Family YMCA. Tammy is a certified Personal Trainer with emphasis on special populations. Specialty areas of expertise include diabetes and heart disease prevention and reversal, reducing obesity and implementing healthy eating habits for people living with chronic disease. As a whole foods expert, she teaches people how to find their optimal health and lose weight using only whole nutrient dense foods.

It is Tammy’s fundamental belief that everyone has the power to change. Through Tammy’s many positive and motivational coaching practices she has helped hundreds of people in Jackson and Josephine counties co-create a healthier lifestyle in which they and their families can flourish.