People First Health Collective

People First Health Collective exists to facilitate system transformation to put people first. We believe this builds relationship-centered systems, empowering the context in which all true and sustaining healing occurs. People First Health Collective brings a depth of over 100 combined years in catalyzing change. We do this through research, creative thought partnering, writing, and facilitation and support in the deep, transformative work of developing relationship centered practices.

Who We Are

Mary Rainwater

Mary Rainwater

Independent Consultant

With over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit and government health, mental health, philanthropic organizations and academic institutions.

Steph Sharam

Kori Joneson

Co-Director of Symbio Strategies

Combined 40 years of experience in empowering leaders to define, develop and implement the difference needed to transform their workplace.

holly hughes

Holly Hughes

Behavioral Health Consult

A highly accomplished behavioral health leader, well known in California in the FQHC world for her ability to execute large-scale initiatives in complex environments.

Karen Linkins

Jennifer Brya

Desert Vista Consulting

Jennifer applies over two decades of experience evaluating & studying innovative, collaborative treatment models & programs to build capacity within health, mental health & substance use treatment systems.

elizabeth morrison

Elizabeth Morrison

CEO/Principal Consultant, EM Consulting

Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in the health care field and is considered one of the vanguards of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) in California. A thought leader in the field

Kari Joneson

Steph Sharma

Co-Director of Symbio Strategies

 Symbio Strategies are human-centered workplace designers, employee and patient engagement experts.

Jennifer Brya

Karen Linkins

Desert Vista Consulting

Dr. Linkins has led more than 70 research, evaluation, technical assistance, and strategic planning projects for Federal agencies, states, hospitals, community based organizations, & health clinics.

What We Do

1. Consulting

Facilitate and support transformation of health and social care systems, enhancing people centered practices that support whole health.

2. Advocacy

Engage in social justice-related advocacy, as it relates to the health equity, health access and health care for all people.

3. Advising

Provide clear, concise problem definition with relationship centered solutions to local, state-level and national health concerns

4. Thought Leading

Author and promote articles to challenge, shift and create dialogue about the dominant discourse in health care, and catalyze the bold thinking needed for change.

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