Partnership Community Health Center
Ms. Sarvela is a leader in community based outreach, health literacy and enrollment programs that reach high risk and vulnerable populations. She leads all aspects community networking, advocacy with local, state and national legislature, oversees fund development and public health grants, community needs assessment, community engagement, public health programming and health literacy—particularly with low income Latino populations and people experiencing homelessness
At the onset of the ACA and changes to Medicaid in WI, she identified the need for enrollment assistance for our community systematically developed a department of multicultural experts in outreach and enrollment and community mobilization efforts. This led to a significant reduction of uninsured at the health center and in the broader community. Complementing this work is her leadership around understanding the impact of ACES and Trauma Informed Care impacting many organizational changes that enhance the patient experience in coverage to care.
Prior to her work at PCHC, she worked in Massachusetts in establishing extensive primary care, oral health and integrated pharmacy and behavioral health programming that responds to patient and community needs at the Holyoke Health Center. She has developed nationally recognized chronic disease self management programs with a focus on diabetes, HIV and pediatric obesity. Public health program design and evaluation, needs assessment and community development work are key areas of her expertise. She has fused long term partnerships with community residents, local programs and universities to improve the health of the areas underserved. Additional work focused on mobilizing and training local community groups around the nation to take action against the tobacco industry through advocacy and community education and policy development.
Ms. Sarvela is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, a graduate of Valparaiso University in Sociology and Urban Education and studied abroad at Cambridge University. Prior to US based work, she lived in Central America from 1988-1994 where she taught sociology and was the National English Training Director for Cargill Honduras.
She is a founding member of the Appleton Public Montessori Elementary School in Appleton, WI