Rayna Ross embarked on her healthcare journey at the age of 19, serving as a dental assistant and Spanish translator at a non-profit community health clinic. During her time there, she witnessed the formidable challenges faced by her community in accessing basic healthcare services for themselves and their children. This heart-wrenching reality fueled her determination to pursue further education in the field of public health.
After graduating with a BA in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Washington's School of Public Health, Rayna was recruited as a Health Equity Program Coordinator at Providence Home & Community Care (HCC).
In her capacity at Providence HCC, Rayna collaborated with service line leaders in end-of-life and older adult care programs such as PACE, Hospice, Home Health, and Palliative Care. Together, they developed interventions aimed at enhancing the quality of care provided to black and indigenous patients. Additionally, Rayna created a comprehensive curriculum to educate Prometores de salud or Community Health Workers (CHWs) on best practices for older adult and end-of-life care. She also successfully piloted the first refugee and immigrant Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program at Providence.
Rayna is thrilled to join CAPC's Health Equity team, where she can continue her pursuit of driving positive change in healthcare for black and indigenous communities.