Meet the Team
Honey Yang Estrada, MPH, CHW
Honey Yang Estrada is the President of the North Carolina Community Health Worker Association. She was born in Fresno, California and moved to North Carolina when she was 11 years old. The eldest daughter of Hmong refugees who came to the United States during times of war, Honey understands the struggles families face in navigating various societal systems and the existing barriers that inhibits them from achieving positive outcomes.
A proud Community Health Worker, Honey has worked in healthcare and public health for over 20 years. Her experience is rooted in community health and advocacy. Throughout her career, Honey continues to serve as a catalyst for change where she champions racial and health equity.
She holds a Masters in Public Health and currently lives in Newton, NC with her husband and two children and teaches Zumba at the local library.
Tania Harper Dongre has diverse professional experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Committed to service throughout her career, she has accompanied individuals and families through social, healthcare, educational, and legal systems. A highlight of her career was serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco. During her time there, Tania worked alongside community members to develop and implement health-promoting and educational courses. She also served as a member of the Gender and Development Committee and as a trainer in cultural competence and community integration for incoming Peace Corps volunteers.
For the past 6 years, Tania has worked as a public health professional, supporting teams in using data to create positive and sustainable change. Tania is an advocate for data equity and using methodologies that balance quantitative and qualitative data to ensure that individual perspectives are valued. Tania is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her skills to support and elevate Community Health Workers around North Carolina.
Tania grew up at the base of the mountains in Sheridan, Wyoming. In her spare time, she enjoys pottery and outdoor activities. She serves as the Board President of a local non-profit, and she will be completing her Masters in Health Administration with a concentration in Information Systems in 2023.
A first-generation Mexican American, Lupe Avalos was born and raised in North Carolina. At a young age she directly observed the many challenges her community experienced in everyday life. Helping those with barriers brought her great joy, and knew she wanted to work supporting those facing any obstacles.
With 13 years of experience in healthcare, the last 6 have been the most rewarding working directly with her community. Lupe hopes to “poner su granito de arena” do her part in making even a small impact.
Having a huge love for the outdoors, Lupe enjoys spending time hiking, biking, and traveling with her husband and 2 daughters. You can be sure to find her at a racing function or off-roading spending time with family and friends.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Rumana Shams Rabbani was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most populated countries in the world. She was exposed to a severe lack of social-determinants-of-health interventions resulting in poor or no access to housing, contaminated water, lack of food, minimum or no access to medical care, and witnessed poor mothers and their children dying on the streets of Dhaka.
Rumana is a Person with Lived Experience (PWLE) who sits at the intersectionality of a woman of color born to immigrant parents experiencing racism, a survivor of Domestic Violence, and a single parent graduate student. Rumana has taken her cycle of victimization and transformed into a source of inspiration, resiliency, and empowerment. CHW advocacy has anchored her towards regaining her identity and agency, which in turn became an intrinsic asset that shifted her pain into purpose rather than a barrier. Thus, this lived + shared experience has been a significant influence for her passion and partnership with CHWs who are embedded in creating equitable and just systems.
Rumana received her Master's in Healthcare Administration (MHA) focusing on strategic management. Due to her continued interest to be an activist-researcher/community-practitioner, Rumana had a desire to learn how to apply evidence-based strategies for uptake of community-based interventions and be a change activist alongside community-based CHWs. Rumana is currently a Doctoral student in the Health Policy & Management Department minoring in Implementation Science at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rumana is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar (RWJF HPRS) where she co-designs as the Principal Investigator (PI) with CHWs and Racial Justice Leaders using systems and design thinking, improvement science, and implementation science methodologies. The multi-ethnic and mutli-racial codesign team applies Popular Education behaviors and Activist Research as a foundational theory/framework to advance the "groundwater" issue of institutional racism for historically marginalized communities. Since 2017, she has been the Chair of the pre-APHA CHW Summit. Her RWJF HPRS dissertation work provides the aims and methodological approach for the 2022 pre-APHA CHW Dismantling Structural Racism & Classism National Workshop co-designed and co-led by CHWs.
Rumana has been the PI for the past eight years focusing on sustainable and equitable pay for community-based CHW programs. She is the Chair for the APHA CHW Section Policy Committee, where she facilitates/co-leads the development of the policy proposal for "CHWs as Racial Equity Advocates and Pathways for Training." Locally, in North Carolina, Rumana is the Co-Chair for the NC CHW Advisory Board and is on the workgroup to co-design the NC CHW certification / training program with a focus on racial equity and violence.
She is the Evaluator/ Data analyst and co-lead for the Formative Evaluation workgroup for the Racial Equity Learning & Action Community, Planning & Implementation team where she partners with people-with-lived experience impacted by racial inequities for effective implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of national racial equity initiatives. Rumana serves on the Organization Team with the Collaborative for Anti-Racism in Dissemination and Implementation Science (CARDIS) national collaborative led by the University of Washington focusing on anti-racist Black practices in the Implementation Science field. She serves as the co-President for the Implementation Science Student Group at UNC-CH. Rumana is leading a racial equity pilot with Manufacturing Extension Partnerships in NC. She is working with the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center partnered with the CDC, Emory, and University of Nebraska as a consultant with the Wandersman Center specializing in quality improvement and Technical Assistance for Covid-19 services and formative evaluation [pdf] for regional centers across the country. Rumana serves as a stakeholder with the Community Based Workforce Alliance and is on the Advisory Board for Sokoto House.
Rumana views her adversity as a driver to make an impactful difference from a micro to macro level: in her own life, her daughter's life, and on a systems level. This relentless purpose driven by her core values of empathy, proximity, and holding tension in life-giving ways has transformed into passion for her work to address racial inequities. Rumana's lived experience of trauma has grounded her to turn victimization into empowerment by advocating for CHWs, and in effect advancing racial equity for historically marginalized communities.
Jeremy Moseley is the Associate Vice President of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist's FaithHealth Division, located in Winston-Salem, NC. He provides support for six full-time Community Health Workers and twenty-one part-time Connectors aligned with faith and social networks across the region who extend patient care into the community. He also provides administrative support and direction for community benefit and community health needs assessment efforts, population health strategies, Medicaid Managed Care partnerships, and community stakeholder engagement.
He has a B.S. in Public Health Policy and Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master's in Public Health Analysis and Management from East Carolina University. He has worked to improve community-based care transitions, increase community engagement and access to services, and link community resources to healthcare systems. He has previous experience designing regional projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address heart disease and stroke prevention and systems of care, projects funded by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to address care transitions and hospital readmissions, and health system supported programs to improve transitions of care and the health of individuals residing in socially complex communities.
He staffed a state heart disease and stroke prevention legislative committee; and has served on workgroups for Stakeholder Health, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health system funded learning community, with other participating health systems to transform health through community partnership. He has worked in a variety of settings including an academic medical center, health plan, state health department, academic research center, federally qualified community health center, and community hospital to implement various health care, public health, and strategic planning activities to improve systems, health, and well-being through state and local community partnerships.
Debbie Royster has been a Community Health Worker since 2010. She currently works at Duke Population Health Management Office with the Duke Durham Neighborhood Health Initiative. Debbie holds a BS in Business Administration from Livingstone College. She has provided grassroots community outreach with Clean Energy Durham as a Community Outreach Specialist for Southwest Central Durham, where residents were taught how to save on energy by taking small steps within their homes. Following this experience, Debbie became a Community Health Organizer for Durham Health Innovations Division of Duke Community and Family Medicine working with neighborhoods and community organizations on programs and activities to improve the health of the community. She has served on the NC CHW Initiative Stakeholder Core Competency and Curriculum workgroup making recommendations specific to the training and certification of CHWs in North Carolina. Debbie has great love for Durham and the Duke Community and loves working towards creating a healthier city and state.
Rocio Anderson is a seasoned program development and implementation expert, specializing in organizational capacity building, education, and outreach initiatives. She has made it her professional goal to be part of organizations with programs that engender change in systems and positively affect North Carolinians. Rocio has served in leadership roles applying evidence-based interventions and promising best practices at the provider and community levels. She has led efforts to bridge communications and recommendations between community leaders and stakeholders affecting policy and decision making on the delivery of healthcare services that impact health outcomes. Rocio has contributed to the coordination and training of community health workers programs that build capacity and enhance the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services throughout North Carolina.
Rocio has fulfilled eighteen years of learned experiences in private, public, and non-profit health and human services, emergency management and public safety programs. She is an appointee of Governor Roy Cooper's Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. She's also a recipient of the 2019 Diamante Latino Award in Health in Science. While humbled to have been recognized for such distinguished honors, Rocio understands they represent a charge and responsibility to further the efforts of organizations such as the NC CHWA to improve the health outcomes of historically marginalized and underrepresented individuals and families in North Carolina who do not have equitable access to healthcare options, education and awareness. Rocio holds degrees in Physics-Mathematics and Business Administration.
Rocio resides in Holly Springs on the border between Wake and Harnett counties.
A well-respected leader in community health, Milton Butterworth has been active in building healthier, thriving, resilient communities for over 20 years. A specialist in the areas of community health, farmworker outreach, and multi-sector collaborations, he has led multiple teams to successfully develop and implement community strategies to increase culturally competent healthcare access for vulnerable populations including migrant & seasonal agricultural workers, those experiencing homelessness, and other diverse communities. Before serving in his current role as a Community Health Manager for a state academic health system affiliate, Pardee UNC Health, Milton served as the Director of Development and Community Engagement for the nation's oldest active migrant health center. Before that, he led the migrant education program for a county school system. He served as a Peace Corp Public Health Volunteer in Paraguay, South America, and continues his commitment to volunteerism by serving as a coalition partner or board member for several health equity, social justice, aging and child advocacy groups, and organizations. He received his B.A. in Government & International Studies from the University of South Carolina and is fluent in English, Spanish and Guarani. Building on his experiences, including as a Community Health Worker (CHW) and a CHW Supervisor, Milton served as one of the co-chairs of the NC CHW Stakeholder Initiative's Certification and Accreditation workgroup, resulting in the 2018 NCDHHS publication, "Creating an Infrastructure for Sustainability - The Final Report and Stakeholder Recommendations of the NC CHW Initiative." Today, Milton is a founding board member of the NC CHW Association and represents the Western region.
Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah
Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah was born in San Bernardino, California and raised within the pinnacle of Americas' war on drugs (late 1980's throughout the 1990's). After several years of intense exposure to California's gang and street culture, Abdullah was first incarcerated at age 9 and by 17 he was sentenced as an adult to 8 years for attempted murder. Four years into his time spent within California's Department of Corrections maximum security prison, Abdullah was inspired to shift his world view and began to tenaciously pursue a journey of self and community restoration and healing.
In 2011, he was introduced to the CDC funded Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) initiative. While employed with MCHD's Community Capacitation Center, Abdullah co-facilitated hundreds of hours of the Oregon Health Authorities (OHA) CHW 90 hour certification training. He co-developed an African-African American centered adaptation of the curriculum, and subsequently co-authored a peer-reviewed research of the training's implementation. Abdullah spearheaded the development of a 20 hour training titled Understanding Violence Through a Public Health Lens and co-led a team of colleagues in a comprehensive adaptation and implementation of OHA's CHW curriculum with a focus on violence prevention (2016). In 2017 Abdullah designed and began to implement a community-centered and community-driven version of the MCHD STRYVE program inside North Carolina Cape Fear Region. Abdullah also works closely with key executive staff within the CDC's Violence Prevention Division and several other violence prevention, public health, and CHW professionals across the country to advance the CHW Violence Prevention model.
Abdullah is the Executive Director of Quality Life Blueprint and Founding Executive Director of Sokoto House (Cultural Hub and Community Development Center). He serves as the Co-Chair for the American Public Health Association (APHA) CHW Section Policy Committee and is co-leading with Rumana Shams Rabbani on the APHA policy proposal, A Strategy to Address Systemic Racism and Violence as Public Health Priorities: Advancing CHW's as Racial Equity Advocates and Violence Prevention Professionals. Abdullah is also the Lead CHW and Co-Chair for the APHA CHW Section Racial Equity workshop that will be hosted at the APHA 2022 annual conference in Boston focusing on violence prevention practices and racial equity tools. He is the Co-PI of the research collaborative with Rumana and CBO-based CHWs which aim is to address CHW sustainable and equitable payment models during Covid and Emerging pathogens with a focus on racial equity interventions.
Abdullah also works with several principle CHWs helping to lead the National Association for CHWs for Leadership and Capacity Building funded by Johnson and Johnson Foundation and in North Carolina he serves as a board member for the NC CHW Association. As co-founder of CommUnity Healing through Activism and Strategic Mobilization (CHASM), Abdullah works closely with a statewide workgroup to co-design the NC CHW certification / training program with a focus on racial equity and violence. He is also a member of the Sub-Board of Directors for the Healthy Opportunities Pilot for the Cape Fear Region.
Brandon Teal was born and raised in Winston -Salem, NC. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Brandon worked for 3 years in Special Education for the NC Public School System. During this time, he supported students and families through personal advocacy and academic support. He later transitioned to a Community Outreach and Inclusion Director supporting families in Southern Wake County. He focused on academic enrichment, special needs programming, summer camp, specialty programming, and personal support for underserved families.
Brandon is now a Community Health Worker with UNC Health. Brandon helped to develop and implement the CHW program, which focuses on resource coordination, chronic condition management, and addressing patient SDOH needs. During COVID he supported the COVID RESPONSE and Mobile COVID testing and vaccinations through rural and underserved populations in NC.
Brandon has a passion for serving his community. He is motivated and excited to promote new opportunities and growth for the NC CHW community.
Meet Our Master Trainers
Erica is a Community Health Worker (CHW) instructor at Durham Technical Community College and serves as the Director of Community Health Programs at the NC Community Health Center Association. At the NCCHCA, Erica leads training and technical assistance efforts for special and priority populations defined by the Bureau of Primary Health Care's (BPHC) plans, provides guidance for the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum conference, and coordinates efforts to expand workforce development opportunities and interventions for CHWs in community health centers throughout NC.
She is a health educator by trade with experience in NC, SC, GA, and OK. Her career has afforded opportunities to work in various health promotion and prevention areas to include tobacco, diabetes, heart disease, end stage renal disease, physical activity and nutrition, and disability benefits to name a few. She has over 18 years of public health knowledge and credits her success to NCCU's Department of Public Health Education.
Jennifer has over 33 years of public health and health education experience. She is currently the Director of Health Occupations for Edgecombe Community College. She serves as an instructor for the Community Health Worker program and the American Heart Association CPR course. She serves as the coordinator for Phlebotomy, CNA 1 and CNA 2, Medication Aide, TEAS Prep and TABE Testing. She has developed courses and instructed students on medical law and ethics, medical terminology, developmental English and reading and early childhood education. During her tenure, Edgecombe Community College served as a pilot college for the redesign of the Developmental Studies program. She has completed the ELI (Edgecombe Leadership Initiative) program with ECC. She currently serves on the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) Committee, and Edgecombe Wellness Committee. She is a member of the Down East Partnership Child Care Resource and Referral Advisory Committee. Jennifer is a member of the NC Core Competency Community Health Worker development team.
During her time at Edgecombe County Health Department she served as the Health Education Supervisor and managed employees and health education programs. She wrote numerous grants and created programs to improve the health of the community.
A native of Tarboro, (Edgecombe County), she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, Rick of 33 years, her son, Kyle and his wife Jesseca (Jennifer will become a grandmother in December), and her daughter Kaylyn who is scheduled to finish graduate school in May from Jennifer's alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.