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Meet Our Community Health Workers

Hajie Goll, CHW

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Ivana Holiday, CHW

Ivana Holiday is Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Nation. She works as a Community Wellness Liaison with the Salt Lake City Public Library and Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and a member of the All of Us Community Advisory Board. Ivana advocates for the needs of the American Indian/Alaskan Native communities that she works with. She also helps provide health information and resources to American Indian/Alaskan Native communities members

Raised on the Navajo Nation, Ivana saw the problems and obstacles that her Diné people faced. My passion for community health work was fueled by the challenges that her grandparents face when seeking care for their diabetes and other health issues. She studied Public Health and Environmental Policy at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. She has coordinated supply (food, cleaning supplies, and toys) distribution in her hometown of Monument Valley, UT during the pandemic to Navajo community members. She believes everyone has a right to basic necessities of food, running water, and electricity as well as healthcare and resources to live their best life.

As a young Diné woman, Ivana feels for all the underrepresented youth who strive to make a difference in their communities.

Oreta Tupola, CHW

Current EdD Organizational Leadership Student, Argosy University

Master Social Work, University of Hawaii Manoa

Bachelors Social Work, Brigham Young University of Hawaii

Oreta M. Tupola was born and raised in Laie, Hawaii and moved to Orem, Utah in 2015. Oreta has 25 years of experience in community outreach, advocacy and health working with underserved communities. Her love for community work started at a young age growing up in a small rural town in Laie, Hawaii.

Oreta obtained a bachelor’s in social work at Brigham Young University Hawaii with her desire to assist community members in navigating and accessing needed resources. Life has brought gratitude and blessings from serving community members, especially working within her own Pacific Island community. Oreta started as a volunteer working with the underserved communities in Hawaii and continues to serve in Utah to address to social needs, improve health equity and access and to facilitate change through “talk story” around cultural norms and behaviors attached to negative stigma that has contributed to many of the concerns the PI community is dealing with today. With the focus of building capacity and communities she believes that it is her responsibility to give back to her Pacific Island Village. She understands the value of reciprocity, respect and trust for her people and honors that in her work as she serves the individuals and families she works with.

Besides community work her passion is Polynesian Dancing, watching her boys play Football and playing with her grandsons Dallas and Tauhi. Words to live by “When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give.”

Jeanette Villalta, CHW

Jeannette was born in Guatemala and has lived in Salt Lake City for 22 years now. She works as a Community Wellness Coach for the Hispanic Healthcare Task Force, as a Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist for Alliance Community Services and as a Community Liaison for Multicultural Counseling Center.

She studied Business Administration in Guatemala City. She is Certified Case Management and Health Coach from the University of Utah, Certified Peer Support Specialist by Utah State University, Certified Victim Assistance.

Advocate by the Office of Victims of Crime. Certified as a Sexual Assault Advocate by Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Graduated from Humanities course Westminster College, Humanities in Focus Filming and Westside Leadership. She is an active member of the Community working as a Promotora (Community Health Worker) for over 18 years and constantly learning new things in order to teach and train people around her. For her effort in 2016 she was honored with the Trailblazer Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Utah. In 2013 she participated as a panelist in a TV show, 2014–2015 hosted a radio show “Voces de la Comunidad” and “Somos Utah” in 2016, both programs were dedicated to inform the Latin Community members about non-profit organizations, health and social resources available and community events. She is married to Oscar Villalta and has two sons Christopher and Derek. Her hobbies are reading philosophy and watching science documentaries.

Her volunteer work in non-profit organizations includes, among others:

  • Community Health Workers certification with the Utah Health Department since 2012
  • UPHA/CHW Section Chair 2015/2017
  • PCORI Diabetes Co-leader Research Study University of Utah
  • Safe Kids from Utah County Health Department Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)
  • HIV Prevention and Counseling program with the Utah Health Department
  • NAMI Utah “National Alliance for Mental Illness” as a board member and F2F State Trainer.

She believes that we all have rights and we all deserve respect and opportunities regardless of our creed, sexual orientation, age, language or cultural values. Our community needs representation, guidance and support to be able to assist its residence to recognize that they are an essential part of this great society, which in many cases is completely different from their places of origin.

Cathy Wolfsfeld, CHW

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