O'Nesha Cochran, CRM | Community Liaison, The Miracles Club, former OHSU IMPACT peer
O’Nesha Cochran, CRM, received her AAS in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Portland Community College and a BSW from Portland State University.
Ms. Cochran broke ground with her peers to open and manage the first Queer Resource Center at PCC Cascade Campus. She was the first Recovery Mentor employed by IMPACT at Oregon Health & Science University. She supported addicts with complicated health issues from the bedside to the community. Cochran managed and designed the curriculum of the “Diane Wade House," a female identified, Afrocentric, housing program for persons who were released from prison. She was the Mutual Aid Coordinator for Brown Hope, home of the Black Resilience Fund. She is an Expert Consultant for the N.W. Portland Area Indian Health Board regarding Substance Use Disorder and Peer Support using ECHO curricula. She is also the Senior Director of Outreach and Program Development at the Miracles Club.
A powerful motivational speaker, Ms. Cochran has experience training medical health professionals nationally and locally on the topics of implicit bias, cultural agility and best practices for addiction medicine. She has also been a Peer Trainer for MAAPPS.
Ms. Cochran spent 22 years in active addiction and 15 years in prison. She is a living testimony of what recovery CAN look like if dependence and reentry needs are accessible and attainable. It has been her life’s passion to make sure that they are.