Karen Shimada, MPH, Executive Director

Karen Shimada, MPH, brings more than 30 years of public health, gerontology, nonprofit and primary care clinic management experience to her current role as Executive Director (ED) of the Oregon Oral Health Coalition (OrOHC). 

Prior to joining OrOHC, Karen served five years as the ED of the Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) free clinic. Each day she saw evidence that oral health is one of the most significant gaps in the continuum of services that patients need. 

She is the Oregon State Rep to the DentaQuest Foundation and serves on various committees and task forces that advocate for the integration of oral health and primary care. 

Karen completed her BS from University of Wisconsin and her MPH from University of Hawaii under a US Public Health Service Traineeship. She has two grown children and lives on the Columbia River with Nellie and Petey, her mini-blue heelers.