Reach Advocates

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Sipo Ra | Karen REACH Advocate

Ms. Ra holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and TESOL from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to joining EMBARC, Ms. Ra completed an internship with United Way of Weld County, working with prenatal mothers and caregivers for children up to three years old, supporting education on child development, nutrition, and critical resources.

Julie Molisho | Congolese REACH Advocate

Mrs. Molisho was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she completed her bachelor's degree in law from the University of Kinshasa before moving to the U.S. in 2010. Prior to joining EMBARC, Mrs. Molisho worked in Human Resources with Tyson, but she also supported workers who needed help with everything from transportation to Medicaid and dedicated all of the free time she could to providing additional support. She joined EMBARC in December 2018.

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Jing Htun | Karenni REACH Advocate

Prior to joining EMBARC, Mrs. Htun served as a Karenni bilingual outreach worker for Des Moines Public Schools. She has completed 40 hours of medical interpretation training as well as community health worker training. Mrs. Htun was born in a Karenni refugee camp, where she lived until she resettled to the United States in 2009.

 
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Van Bawi | Chin Community Navigator

Mr. Bawi lived in Malaysia for two years before arriving in the U.S. at the age of 19. When he arrived, he could not speak English at all, and he remembers how hard it was to start over and learn a new language. In 2018 he joined REACH and completed 40 hours of medical interpreter training, as well as 40 hours of Community Health Worker Training.

 
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Yin Yin Tun | Karen REACH Advocate

Mrs. Tun joined EMBARC with over a decade of experience serving refugees in the area of public health. Prior to joining EMBARC, Mrs. Tun completed training with Aid Medical International to become a nurse and medic for Nu Poe refugee camp, where she lived for eight years. Mrs. Tun was born in the Karen state of Burma and is passionate about helping all people, especially refugees, with health access and education.

 
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Hsae Meh | Karenni REACH Advocate

Ms. Meh is currently studying at the University of Northern Iowa, where she will obtain her B.A. in Social Work in December of 2019. She was born and raised in a Karenni refugee camp in Thailand and resettled to the U.S. with her family in 2009 when she was 13. In 2015, she joined EMBARC as a Karenni interpreter and in 2018, Ms. Meh completed 80 hours of medical interpreter and community health worker training.

 
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Christina Dingi | REACH Interpretation Coordinator

Prior to joining EMBARC as a REACH Advocate, Mrs. Dingi completed a one-year RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps service term as a Health Education Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Dingi completed training regarding navigating the U.S. health care system. Mrs. Dingi was born in the Chin state of Burma and resettled to the United States in 2013. She completed 80 hours of medical interpreting and community health worker training.

 
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Rachel Cherput | Lead Advocate

Prior to joining EMBARC as a REACH Advocate, Mrs. Cherput completed a one-year RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps service term as a Refugee Education Coordinator. Mrs. Cherput is especially passionate about helping pregnant women and new mothers navigate the health care and education systems. In 2010, she resettled to the United States while pregnant, and with her one-year-old son.

Leadership and Administration

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Henny Ohr | Executive Director

Ms. Ohr is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EMBARC. Prior to joining EMBARC, she was the Executive Officer for the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and the Status of Women at the Dept. of Human Rights, where she advocated for equitable access to resources for marginalized communities. Ms. Ohr immigrated to the U.S. from Korea as a child, and has been committed to working for immigrant and refugee rights throughout her career. Ms. Ohr received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

 
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Halkeno Tura | REACH Program Director

Mr. Tura obtained his BA in Development, MBA in Non-Profit Religious Organization Management, M.A. in Community Health Education, and Ph.D. in Community and Behavioral Health. Originally from Ethiopia, Mr. Tura has spent over 10 years managing community health and development programs in Africa and also served in Haiti where he developed, implemented and evaluated community-based health intervention (maternal and child health, nutrition, and child development programs) with community health workers.

 
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Dalia Kyi | Manager of Interpretation Services 

When Ms. Kyi was 14 years old, she came to the U.S. as a refugee from Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. She obtained her AA degree from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and currently attends the University of Iowa, where she will obtain her BA degree in Psychology and Social Work. Ms. Kyi speaks four languages and is from the Karen Community.

 
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Moriah Morgan | REACH Advocate Manager

Ms. Morgan holds a bachelor’s in Global Resource Systems and Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology (emph. Medical Anthropology) from Iowa State University. She completed international social research in India, Ethiopia, Scotland, and Senegal. While finishing her master’s in Anthropology, she served a year as a RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps member as a Health Education Coordinator.

 
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Pabitra Adhikari | Fiscal Coordinator

Mrs. Adhikari is extremely passionate about serving refugee communities. Prior to joining EMBARC, Mrs. Adhiakri obtained her BA degree in Business from Kalimpong College in India and served as a teacher of economics in Nepal. She earned her AAS degree in Accounting at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Mrs. Adhiakri moved to the United States in 2008, after spending 18 years in the Timai Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal.

 

REACH Advisory Board

Des Moines, Iowa

Primary Health Care
University of Northern Iowa
Polk County Health Department
Des Moines University
Iowa Chronic Care Consortium
United Way of Central Iowa
Broadlawns

Waterloo, Iowa

MercyOne
People’s Clinic
Black Hawk County Health Department
University of Northern Iowa, Center for Global Health Disparities
UnityPoint Health

Community Partners

Otto Schoitz Foundation
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
United Way of Central Iowa
Cedar Valley United Way
Black Hawk County Gaming Association
Anonymous Donor