Contributing Experts

Lizbet Maceda nació en Oaxaca, México y migro a los estados unidos cuando tenía nueve años. Ella se graduó de Heritage University con su carrera en Administración de Empresa. Hoy ella trabaja para ESD 105 como Coordinadora de temprana prevención de sustancias en el área de Tieton y Cowiche. Lizbet También coordina programas para educación sobre la salud mental y está certificada para dar clase de prevención de suicidio. Los programas que coordina no solo son en las escuelas sino que también para padres y comunidad.  Los programas que ofrecen son basadas a ciencia que ya han funcionado en otros lugares. Si vive en el área de Tieton y Cowiche y está involucrado en tomar parte del cambio para jóvenes saludables y fuera de drogas contacte a Lizbet Maceda al 509-571-0233 oh Lizbet.Maceda@esd105.org

Lizbet Maceda

Brady Moss received his bachelors and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee. He was a family nurse practitioner practicing primary care at Cowlitz Family Health Center in Longview, WA before coming to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services in 2013.
Before deciding on a career in medicine, Moss had obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Brigham Young University Hawaii and worked as a social worker for the foster-child system in Hawaii and for Head Start in Southern Oregon.  He also volunteered for two years in Mérida, México, teaching Spanish and life skills in addition to providing humanitarian services to local communities. He has more than 18 years of fluency in Spanish.
Mr. Moss has been treating patients with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder at Neighborhood Health Sunnyside for about two years.
YNHS has 9 clinical providers trained in Medication Assisted Treatment. Their providers work with a team that includes pharmacists, behavioral health specialists, chemical dependency specialists, and care coordinators to help patients succeed in addiction recovery.  Over 100 patients are currently being treated in the YNHS program.

Brady Moss

Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, is a nationally recognized scholar in the application of implementation science to improving primary care. As both a family practitioner and health services researcher, he has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and medical educator.

Dr. Parchman’s research focuses on using complexity science to understand how diverse health care teams can work together to achieve high-quality care. He recently led Healthy Hearts Northwest, a four-year study to build quality improvement (QI) capacity in smaller primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s EvidenceNOW initiative. The project demonstrated that smaller practices can improve the cardiovascular health of their patients and build their QI capacity if provided with external support.

Other projects Dr. Parchman is working on include:

  • Taking Action on Overuse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded fellowship that is training six clinical champions to “de-implement” unnecessary tests and treatments—doing less low-value care that might harm patients;
  • Six Building Blocks Program for Opioid Management, which aims to improve safe prescribing of chronic opioid medication for patients with chronic non-cancer pain in primary care clinics. Funded by AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health; and
  • The University of Washington (UW) Institute of Translational Health Sciences, which focuses on producing innovative and practical tools and methods that will enable scientists around the region to more effectively translate research discoveries into practice.

Dr. Parchman is an affiliate professor of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and of health services at the UW School of Public Health.


Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

Minerva Pardo is originally from Mexico City.  Her professional career has been mainly focused in the educational field. She holds a B.A. in Bilingual Education and another one in Psychology. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education. She funded a school in Mexico and ended up serving more than 120 students. Since she came to Yakima, she has focused her efforts to provide support to Hispanic families in West Valley.  She offers  a variety of classes to parents such as English as a second language (ESL), parental classes, computer skills, among others. She is also a National Trainer of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework which has led her to engage on all trauma-informed practices and overall the impact of trauma in children’s learning and health as well as their health outcomes as adults. She constantly keeps herself engaged in community organizations and activities such as Risk to Resilience, United Way and Nami.

Minerva Pardo

Ileana Maria Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, is Senior Advisor for Scientific and Strategic Planning at MCN and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nicaragua, a Clinical Genetics degree at the University of Chile and a Master in Public Health degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Before joining MCN, Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) for the Division of Scientific Review at the Agency for Health Care Quality Research (AHRQ), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for twelve years. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez contributed to the missions of NIH and AHRQ by delivering high quality peer review of proposals and grant applications to advance science and medical research in complex areas such as drug development, infectious diseases, clinical research, global infectious diseases, opportunistic disease, preventive medicine, bioinformatics, and health services research. At AHRQ, she was the Designated Federal Officer, managing the peer review of the Health Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section for four years (http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/process/study-section/heorrst.html). Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez also served as the AHRQ spokesperson for the Latino community and she was the face for the national Spanish-language campaigns as Tomas las Riendas de Tu Salud and Conoce las Preguntas. In addition, she participated in the AHRQ-sponsored Hispanic Outreach Project by preparing the public access of the health columns for AHRQ’s Spanish-language webpage. Her activities have effectively contributed to AHRQ efforts in improving health care and health awareness of Latinos. As a Public Health Intern at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked for the National Latina Health Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and strengthening networks of Latino leaders in public health, and building local and national community health partnerships. She addressed the health concerns affecting Latinos and their families by promoting leadership, advocacy, community health partnerships, and initiatives within the Latino communities, and developed public health policy by promoting improvement to medical care services, research, and evaluation of HIV and AIDS health promotion programs. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez has extensive community and public health systems experience in Nicaragua, Chile, and the United States. Currently , Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez funded the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CHWCMR) a a passionate group of passionate volunteer dedicated to the promotion, empowerment, leadership, continuing education and integration of CHWs into the health care system to improve the quality of life of migrants, mobile poor and refugees: https://lcf.nationbuilder.com

Ileana Maria Ponce-Gonzalez

Jacobo A. Rivero, MD: Born in Mexico City, raised in a middle-class family and one of seven children. Attended Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Xochimilco obtaining a degree as a Physician and surgeon. Came to the US in 1985, with the intentions of becoming a Neurosurgeon.

After working in Pasco for the first 8 years in the US and in a Family Practice setting. I fell in love with the practice of Family Medicine. I also learned that the need for adequate, culturally sensitive care for migrant workers was at a critical point. I had better chances of making a difference here (in the US) than back in my country. The need for primary care in the US was also profound.

Enrolled and completed a residency in Family Practice in Spokane, and a Faculty Development Fellowship.With previous credentials and faculty appointment to Yakima’s Family Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with University of Washington.

Working as a full-time as an emergency physician for many years in the Yakima Valley, of which the last 8 -10myears, were full time at Prosser Memorial Health, now part time only.

Current activities include:

Faculty member at the Elson D Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in Tri-Cities.

Full time Site Occupational Medical Director at Medcor Clinics at Bechtel in Richland, WA.

Emergency Room Physician at Prosser Memorial Health Hospital, Prosser, WA.

Assistant Chief Medical Officer at Prosser Memorial Hospital, Prosser, WA.

Father and husband to a beautiful wife and father and stepfather to 12 now grown up children.Enjoy life, the outdoors and traveling in general. I embrace our Yakima Valley culture, with wine, beer brewing and taco trucks and awesome culinary variety.

Interested in the needs of our Spanish speaking community, “needs and afflictions”, substance abuse, depression, immigration reform and underserved.

Jacobo Rivero