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The Policy & Practice Advisory Board

The Policy and Practice Advisory Board (PPAB) is made up of professionals who work in public health, health care, policy making, advocacy and other services connected to the two focus communities. PPAB members ensure the project's relevance to decision-making needs & foster relationships.

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Meet The Team

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Joni Adelman, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, DNP/MPH Candidate

Public Health Nurse

Mineral County

Silver Thread Public Health


Shaina Burkett

Program Manager, Resident & Community Connections

Denver Housing Authority


Jorge Figueroa, JD, MF

Environmental Justice Manager

Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency

City and County of Denver

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Dawn Melgares

Executive Director

San Luis Valley Housing Coalition

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Ean Thomas Tafoya

Colorado State Director


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Kathy Woods

Economic Development Director

City of Alamosa

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Kyler Brown

Owner/Operator Elliott Farms 

President, SLV Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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Dennis Dougherty

Executive Director

AFL-CIO Colorado


Guy Keene

Board Member, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust

Retired Wildland Firefighter & Fire Management Officer, San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit 

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Bev Strnad, RN

Interim Director

Alamosa County Public Health Dept.


Patricia Valverde, PhD, MPH

Interim Director (LRPC), Clinical Assistant Professor, Director (Patient Navigation and Community Health Worker Training Program)
Department of Community & Behavioral Health
Latino Research & Policy Center

Colorado School of Public Health

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