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Nashi Immigrants Health Board is a registered non-profit organization founded by people in the community in partnership with WA DOH

Mission: We partner with Ukrainian and Russian speaking communities in WA state to meet the broad range of health and social needs of our people and advocate through community engagement, empowerment and connection to resources.

Vision: We seek to understand, support and empower our community and provide for a healthy future for “Nashi” (our community) through a lens of health equity and social justice.

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Olga Okhapkina


Olga Okhapkina is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Nashi Immigrants Health Board. She is a local Ukrainian activist involved in organizing cultural and educational activities related to public health in Washington state. She has 2 bachelor's degrees as a music teacher and epidemiologist. Her life credo: "No one can destroy a dream, and you can rebuild your plane again."

Tamara Cyhan-Cunitz, MN, RN


Co-Founder of Nashi Immigrants Health Board, Tamara is a Registered Nurse and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, with a graduate specialty in Cross-cultural nursing. She also has a BA in Psychology. She is passionate about preparing nurses for community health work and decreasing barriers to health and wellness for Ukrainian and Russian speaking immigrant and refugee communities in Washington, through her research, community outreach and nursing practice.

Ekaterina Teterina, BA, MPH (Candidate, 2023)


She has a BA in Community Psychology and Health Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health with a focus in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice. In collaboration with members of the Nashi Health Board, Ekaterina developed a community needs assessment survey which will help guide future outreach work. She is passionate about serving the Russian and Ukrainian speaking community and making sure that community needs are at the center of all outreach work in public health. By adapting a holistic lens, Ekaterina strives to make community voices heard through compassionate conversations and cultural representation.

Olena Bidovanets, MD


Co-Founder of Nashi Immigrants Health Board, Olena is a physician, psychotherapist and infectious disease researcher from Ukraine. She is also a visiting Fullbright Scholar in the Global Public Health Program at UW School of Public Health. Olena is dedicated to understanding and promoting health for Ukrainian and Russian speaking immigrants and refugees. Her holistic approach to health includes mind, body and spirit.
COVID-19 fully vaccinated in WA population as of June 13th 2022
People received NASHI service by July 2022
New Ukrainian refugees by April 15th 2022
U4U applications have been approved