“I love the model and utility of Indian Country ECHO and how it enables those in rural locations to access specialty care recommendations without added burden to the patients. I believe that we are all connected and that we have a responsibility and privilege to care for each other. I am motivated to provide health care, dignity, and kindness to the people I work with and for. I strive to address and break down disparities in access to health care services. I also love being able to learn daily from colleagues, participants, and faculty members.”
Jessica Rienstra is a Registered Nurse at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board working as an ECHO Case Manager. Prior to joining the ECHO team, she worked in pediatric health in Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan. Jessica also worked 5 years at a Tribal Health Center in Washington State where she helped develop and implement harm reduction, syringe service, and HCV elimination programs. She is also currently pursuing her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree at Gonzaga University. Jessica is passionate about ensuring accessible, destigmatized, and intentional health care for all.