Terra (Karen) Shimada, MPH
Terra (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, Terra 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.
Terra 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.
Caroline Freeman, MA
Director of Communication and Outreach
Caroline Freeman, MA, joined OrOHC in February 2018. She has spent over a decade working in various aspects of communication and writing, three years in advocacy, was a freelance writer and communication consultant, and enjoyed her time as a Lecturer of College Composition at the State University of New York. She holds an undergraduate degree in speech communication and a graduate degree in English.
Her career has spanned national and international cultural variations across two languages in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, she managed a campaign to improve environmental practices and oversaw several health campaigns in rural El Salvador. She also worked as a campaign manager for a progressive county legislative candidate in Monroe County, New York, and volunteered on the communication team for a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on human rights for birthing mothers.
She lives in the St. Johns area of Portland with her husband, mother, and two adorable yet stubborn tabby cats.
Dora Sandoval, EPDH, CDHC
Community Dental Health Coordinator
Dora Sandoval, EPDH, CDHC , is the first and only certified Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) in Oregon! Dora has worked in public health for more than 14 years and as a dental hygienist for 17 years. She is also a part-time clinical instructor at the Chemeketa/OIT Dental Hygiene School.
A collaboration between the Washington County Access to Care Committee (who prioritized oral health as a critical component of their strategy for 2019), Washington County, and OrOHC , the Dental Access Coordinator role is being piloted with Pacific University Dental Outreach Van and the Providence Promotores Program. This pilot program is being supported by generous community donors, currently being finalized, who will be acknowledged in our next update!
Within that new role, Dora is working to close the loop on referrals for hygiene patients, and she will be developing and enhancing a community dental services database for donated care. Data collected and lessons learned will help inform our communities about how to best meet community needs through the CDHC role.