The Community Hope mural organized by poet Jordan Chaney is a large red rose breaking through concrete, and covers the side of a bakery in downtown Pasco.


Eliseo “EJ” Juárez

Meet Eliseo “EJ” Juárez

EJ grew up in Central Washington, where at an early age he became aware of rural poverty and inequities in opportunity. His commitment to health equity and access began while attending college at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, where he was later awarded distinguished alumnus in 2016. While there, EJ was the driving force in the establishment of a student health center at the university.Read More »

Brenda Anibarro

Meet Brenda Anibarro

Brenda grew up in Federal Way, and was shaped by her parent’s experiences and values. Her father emigrated from Bolivia to the United States in the 1950’s and her mother in the 1970’s. She says her father instilled in her a commitment to service, and her mother taught her about the importance of being involved in your community “to build the kind of world we all deserve.”Read More »

Willa Gubner

Meet Willa Gubner

Willa joined Group Health Foundation last spring. She believes work is supposed to be about improving the world around us. “Growing up I always knew that whatever I ended up doing for a living, a big part of it would be contributing to the community.” She grew up in Alger, a small community of just over 400 people in Skagit County.Read More »

Porsche Everson

How legacy matters: Q&A with Porsche Everson

Group Health Foundation was created using the proceeds from Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative, with the goal of carrying on Group Health’s legacy of social impact. Porsche Everson, who served on Group Health Cooperative’s board for nine years and is one of four continuity members on Group Health Foundation’s board, shares insights on the formation and early days of the Foundation and how it’s shaped by Group Health Cooperative’s legacy.Read More »

Group Health Foundation

Board of directors: Key decisions and early lessons from the inaugural years

Prior to the formation of the Foundation, Group Health Cooperative asked The Giving Practice to contact similar foundations to learn about how those entities were created and key lessons. This report summarizes what we learned with regards to honoring legacy, fostering a learning culture, building trust and relationships before setting strategy, committing to equity, and more.Read More »