The OrOHC team is a small but diverse group of talented individuals.
Karen Shimada, Executive Director
Karen Shimada recently joined OrOHC as the new Executive Director.
Karen brings over 30 years of public health, gerontology, nonprofit and primary care clinic management experience to OrOHC. Her passion for equity and social justice for all, especially those marginalized, isolated or without access to health care, is reflected in her career of service in the nonprofit sector.
Karen just completed five years as the Executive Director of Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, the only free clinic in Clackamas County providing primary care to uninsured and underinsured residents. Each day she saw evidence that oral health stood out as one of the most significant gaps in the continuum of services patients’ need.
“I am very excited to embrace the challenge of building on our strong foundation and growing OrOHC into the future,” states Shimada. “I am committed to ensuring every voice is heard as we develop our membership model and expand pathways for integrating oral health and primary care.”
Karen Hall, Oral Health Educator
Karen Hall received her B.S. in dental hygiene from OHSU in 1985. Since then she has practiced in family practices and community health settings. She has been involved in dental hygiene education as a supervisor for clinical rotations at OHSU and Pacific University. Since 2007, Karen has utilized her expanded practice dental hygiene permit to provide hygiene care to patients with limited access to dental care in many settings. She was employed by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center from 2007-2015 treating pregnant women and children in the clinics, as well as providing care for children ages 1-21 in school-based health centers. Currently, she provides dental hygiene exams and fluoride varnish in Head Start settings. She is employed by the Oregon Oral Health Coalition as an oral health educator managing the First Tooth program; she trains medical, dental, and childcare providers throughout the state to implement early childhood caries prevention into their practices. Karen is also involved in many of the coalition's other projects, such as training caregivers and seniors for the oral health for the Oral Health for Seniors pilot project and prenatal providers for the Maternity: Teeth for Two pilot project.
Sydney Laudon, OSU Intern
Sydney Laudon is completing her undergraduate requirements with an internship with OrOHC. Her specific project focuses on the integration of physical medicine into the dental setting. She is carefully researching work in this area, interviewing dentists and their teams and writing protocols the dental team can use to better coordinate with a patient's primary care.