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Introducing Our Staff

The CCHCP team is staffed by a talented group of individuals. These individuals have constructed significant relationships with leaders and members of numerous communities within King County, Washington State, public agencies, and health care and social service institutions around the United States.

 

Ira SenGupta, M.A., Executive Director

Ira SenGupta is the Executive Director and lead consultant of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP). Ira actively contributes to the field of culturally and linguistically appropriate services as a national trainer, researcher and facilitator of community conversations. An inspirational speaker and researcher, she brings to her work a genuine passion, an energetic style and applicable tools. Ira is multilingual and has deep roots in the communities accessing health and social services.   Ira is a Fellow of the combined Leadership program of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has most recently served on two national committees on standards for training in the language access field. Most notably, Ira conducted three significant pieces of qualitative research that were both national and local in scope with the goal of examining the barriers our emerging communities face in accessing healthcare.  As a principal investigator, Ira developed a national compendium of best practices for the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards established by the Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Contact: iras@xculture.org

Ishani Ghosh, Operations Manager

Ishani Ghosh is our operations manager – she’s our door keeper, book keeper, telephone exchange and so much more! Honest, diligent and detail-oriented, Ishani keeps our office running smoothly.

Ishani Ghosh has experience as a travel agent, interpreter, and teacher.  She has served on the executive board of Uttoron, an organization dedicated to promoting the culture of Bengal, a state in India. Ishani is well-suited to work in an organization devoted to cross cultural understanding.  She has lived in two vastly different multicultural countries, India and the United States.

Contact: ishani@xculture.org

Aselefech Evans, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager

Aselefech Evans is our Program Manager for CCHCP’S Equity and Inclusion department. She manages the department’s licensing program, conducts equity and inclusion systems and community assessment, and conducts equity and inclusion training across the spectrum of health and human services. Originally from Ethiopia, she arrived in the US at 6 years old along with her twin sister, to be adopted by a family in Maryland, where she grew up. Aselefech received her degree in Sociology from Bowie State University, and is the co-founder of Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora. She has spoken on numerous panels about issues of race, identity, and heritage, as well as about growing up in an interracial family. Aselefech has also presented workshops and webinars for child welfare advocates, social workers, and adoption-related organizations. She has written for several publications and appeared on TV shows to discuss topics such as racial identity and international adoption policy. She devotes her advocacy toward family preservation efforts, as well as toward racial and economic justice.

Contact: aselefech@xculture.org