Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee

Members of the Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee (Health Equity TAC) provide experience and professional perspectives related to health equity with a focus on language access, health literacy, hard-to-reach populations, cultural sensitivity, and other general access to coverage issues. 

The Health Equity TAC was instrumental in developing the following equity statement, which was adopted unanimously by the Exchange Board and updated in 2023: 

Equity is fundamental to the mission of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The process of advancing toward equity and becoming anti-racist is disruptive and demands vigilance to dismantle deeply entrenched systems of privilege and oppression. While systemic racism is a root cause of many societal inequities, we must also use an intersectional approach to address all forms of bias and oppression, which interact with and often exacerbate racial inequities.

To be successful, we must recognize the socioeconomic drivers of health and focus on people and places where needs are greatest. As we listen to community, we must hold ourselves accountable to responding to recommendations to remedy inequitable policies, systems, or practices within the Exchange’s area of influence.

Our goal is that all Washingtonians have full and equal access to opportunities, power and resources to achieve their full potential.


  • Julia Becker
    Community Health Association of Spokane
  • Jesús Bervis
    Neighborcare Health
  • Patricia Gepert
    Washington Association for Community Health
  • Ugbad Hassan
    Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Sam Hatzenbeler
    Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Susan Hernandez
    Public Health-Seattle King County
  • Miranda Howard
  • Lee Che Leong
    Northwest Health Law Advocates
  • Carlinda Jabjulan
    Better Health Together
  • Katryna Newman
    Health Care Authority
  • Erin Lopez Nielsen
    Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • Andy North
    Evergreen Health Insurance Program
  • Jeff Sakuma
    City of Seattle