Program Manager, Training and Technical Assistance
Sakura is the Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) and manages AAPCHO’s national training activities. She is responsible for managing programs focused on diabetes prevention and improving population health for underserved AAs and NHPIs under AAPCHO’s National Health Center Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAP) Cooperative Agreement, which strengthens the capacity of community health centers and potential health center-applicants serving AAs and NHPIs.
Prior to AAPCHO, Sakura was at the Universal Service Administrative Company in Washington, D.C., where she evaluated Federal Communication Commission-mandated programs that provided broadband and telecommunications support for rural health care providers. As a Program Analyst, she designed recommendations to equitably administer the programs and provided technical assistance to healthcare organizations nationwide. Sakura was also a Program Coordinator at Fusion Partnerships, a Baltimore City fiscal sponsorship organization, where she supported a passionate network of local organizations. At Fusion, Sakura experienced the power of community as a driving force of justice and equity.
Sakura is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about elevating identity-related health challenges, especially those related to racial and disability justice, to empower marginalized communities.