Dr. Cristina Jose-Kampfner
Founder, Executive Director
Dr. Cristina Jose-Kampfner is a Professor in Psychology and Education. She is an accomplished visionary with a long history of developing and implementing successful clinical and community based programs which address key mental health issues with an emphasis on underserved communities, adolescents, and victims of family violence.
Dr. Jose has worked extensively with governments, educators, non-profits and community groups as a consultant, adviser and trainer on issues of mental health and violence.
She is the founder and Executive Director of 360 Turnaround Youth Diversion program, a non-profit organization that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness yoga practice, and organic urban gardening to help diverting at risk youth from the path of incarceration in the juvenile detention center. Her most recent work at the Evergreen Center in Santa Ana California provided a broad range of services to local residents. The Center promoted mental and physical health focusing on creating a safe environment and lasting behavioral changes. The Center was very successful in creating a pathway that brings positive change to the neighborhood.
In addition, she served as the Director of Women & Teen Family Services at AltaMed Health Services. She was previously the Director of Family programs at Latino Health Access in Santa Ana California. She is a clinical psychologist that has worked in the Latino community for the past twenty years designing appropriate clinical intervention for different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. She has worked with children with incarcerated parents and was the founder of the Children Visitation program implemented in various Women’s prisons and jails in Michigan. Dr. Jose has received over twenty awards for teaching, community service and her work in the field of violence prevention including the National Service Award from President Clinton.
Betsy Chang Ha, RN, MS, RYT 500
Board Member, Mindfulness Yoga Program Director and Teacher
Betsy Chang Ha has over thirty years of public and private sector experience in the healthcare arena. She is a talented healthcare professional specializing in developing integrated healthcare delivery systems focusing on improving patient experience, promoting optimal population health outcomes, and ensuring affordable care. She is currently the National Vice President (VP) of Clinical Practice Excellence and the former VP of National Clinical Program Management and Performance at Optum, a United Health Group family. Her responsibilities include leading the development and implementation of best practice model of clinical programs such as palliative care, and improving chronic illness care programs leveraging innovation in telehealth mobile technology throughout the care delivery organizations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, New York, and the new markets. Prior to joining Optum, Ms. Ha worked in various leadership roles serving the most vulnerable population:
Director of Clinical Strategic Projects at Monarch Healthcare, Irvine, California
Chief Quality Officer (CQO), Vice President of Performance Excellence and Patient Safety at AltaMed Health Services, one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC), Los Angeles, California
Statewide Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) and Chief Clinical Turnaround Officer responsible for the California Prison Healthcare reform effort under the Receivership appointed by Federal Judge Thelton Henderson, Sacramento, California
Director of Quality Improvement at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), a national policy think tank to improve health care access for persons with chronic illness and disabilities, Princeton, New Jersey
Director of Operations and Quality at CalOptima, a county organized health system that provides managed health services to Medicaid beneficiaries in Orange County, Orange, California
Ms. Ha has extensive clinical experience in improving care for the medically complex pediatric population at the John Hopkins Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She provided national and international consultation to improving the healthcare delivery systems. Her clients include the State of California; and Department of Health, Executive Yuan in Republic of China. She also served on the Board of Baldrige Examiners for California Awards for Performance Excellence. She was an Adjunct Professor at the American Sentinel University.
Ms. Ha has a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from California State University of Los Angeles and received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She also volunteers as a Quality Improvement workshop trainer for California Health Care Foundation’s (CHCF) Improvement Network (CIN). She is part of the CHCF Healthcare Leadership Program alumni network.
Ms. Ha is a Certified Lean Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. In her free time, she promotes health, wellness, and vitality in her community as a Certified Yoga Teacher. She founded the Wellness Yoga in the Park @ Sea Gate offering accessible free yoga classes in the neighborhood. She volunteers as a yoga teacher at 360 Turnaround Youth Diversion Program serving at-risk youth. She also leads Mindfulness Integrative Practice workshop for health care professionals to prevent compassionate fatigue. Her hobbies include practicing yoga, oil painting, dancing, and traveling.
Alex Cordero has vast experience in the social integration/reintegration field working with governments throughout Latin America, and here in California. In Costa Rica, Mr. Cordero represented the country in a summit where CICAD (Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas) a branch of the United Nations (OAS) Organization of American States with pilot programs for the social reintegration of ex-offenders coming out of prisons, individuals completing substance abuse programs, and homeless national and migrants who sought opportunity within the given environment.
Mr. Cordero was the sub director of Casa MANA which is a vocational occupational center, developing the potential of individuals through micro businesses. Casa MANA geared towards learning, training, and the management of work skills where values are based working integrity through ethical values.
In Cuernavaca Mexico, Mr. Cordero developed a social reintegration program for Comunidad Alternativa. This is a private dual diagnosis clinic for substance abuse, and psychological issues. Here in California, Mr. Cordero Volunteered at Chrysalis a vocational work source organization in Downtowns Skid Row District.
Today, Mr. Cordero focuses on efficiency programs managed by Lime Energy and funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power addressing organizations. These programs are making a social impact using allocated resources to create effective, efficient, and economic organizations that are sustainable while challenged by their perspective environments.
Mr. Cordero is currently in the dissertation phase of Ph.D. focusing on Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Lyndee Knox, PhD is founding director of LA Net, a primary care practice based research and resource network in LA County. She worked as a clinical psychologist for 12 years in health care and school environments in Texas; and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California for 10 years.
Current projects include evaluation of practice facilitation intervention to support practice improvement and transformation to Patient Centered Medical Homes in practices in the safety-net; a demonstration of Project eCHO, a virtual grand rounds designed to develop PCP expertise in managing complex conditions in the primary care environment and increasing access to vital specialty care services; a planning process with L.A. Care and L.A. County DHS to coordinate eConsultation and eCHO; an intervention using practice facilitators and local learning collaboratives to CKD guidelines in safety net practices; and dissemination of a peer mentoring program for low-literacy and senior patients with Diabetes. Past projects include participation in the National Children’s Study pilot; a study of a web-based medical errors reporting system for primary care safety net practices; studies of COPD and OSA management in the safety net, and an evaluation of the American Academy of Family Physician’s American’s in Motion obesity prevention intervention.
Dr. Knox is Co-Director for the CDC-funded Southern California Center for Academic Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, and served as consultant to the government of Trinidad and Tobago on a $30 million initiative funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve public health and social services for families and children in 22 high crime communities across the nation. Dr. Knox is also the lead developer of Madres a Madres, a promotor-delivered parenting intervention for high-risk children and their mothers, designed for Spanish-speaking and recently immigrated communities. Madres a Madres was developed in partnership with the community and Latino Health Access, a promotor-based health program located in Santa Ana California.
She is the co-author or editor of 3 books and manuals – Connecting the Dots to Prevent Youth Violence: A Training and Outreach Guide for Health Care Providers published by the American Medical Association, Beyond Suppression: Global Perspectives on Youth Violence published by Praeger Press; and Practice Facilitation for Primary Care Improvement: A How to Guide that will be released by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) this Fall. She has also authored three training curricula: The Evidence-Based Medicine Self-Study and Office-Based CME for Family Medicine Clerkships and Residencies; Preventing Violent Reinjury in Youth for Level 1 Trauma Centers; and a program to prepare nurse educators to run peer mentoring programs for diabetes self-management.
Dr. Knox is a member of the Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks Steering Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Health Foundation (NHF).
She lives in Long Beach California with her husband and two children.