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Ellen Wu

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Ellen Wu

Executive Director
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
access to health care in communities of color
eliminating health disparities in communities of color
responses from health providers to the community
health of culturally diverse, low-income and uninsured populations in Alameda County
cultural and linguistic health services and health education


Ellen Wu is executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an Oakland-based organization working to improve access to health care and eliminate health disparities by advocating for public policies and resources to address the health needs of communities of color. Wu has worked with culturally diverse, low-income and uninsured people for over 10 years. She was director of health education and cultural/linguistic services at the Alameda Alliance for Health and served as co-chair of the California Department of Health Services' Cultural and Linguistic Services Standards Task Force. She conducted presentations at the American Public Health Association's annual conference on "Developing a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Member Satisfaction Survey" and at the National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations on "Responding to the Community.\" Prior to her work in managed care, she coordinated trainings throughout California for perinatal Medi-Cal providers and provided direct services as a health educator at the Valley Community Clinic in Los Angeles. She also has extensive experience in HIV education through her work at the AIDS Project Los Angeles Hotline and outreach program. Wu received her M.P.H. from the UCLA School of Public Health.

654 13th Street
Oakland  California  94612
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 832-1160
Office Fax: 
(510) 832-1175


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