Dr. Carla McKelvey Appointed to Oregon Health Policy Board

Another vacancy also exists on the board, but that person cannot be from the healthcare industry
The Lund Report

February 15, 2012 -- Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Dr. Carla McKelvey to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board.

“She brings a tremendous number of touch points to the work ahead, and I’m pleased she’s agreed to serve,” Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Health Authority, told board members yesterday.

McKelvey, president of the Oregon Medical Association, is a pediatrician and the medical director of the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay. She replaces Dr. Charles Hofmann, an internist from Baker City, whose term ended.

There’s another vacancy on that board, with Eileen Brady, candidate for Portland mayor, stepping down when her term ended. However that position cannot be filled by anyone from the healthcare industry, according to Tina Edlund, deputy director of the Oregon Health Authority.

“Right now we have as many healthcare representatives as we can have,” Edlund told board members. Although there’s not a designated business seat on that board, she encouraged people from the large and small business community to apply by submitting their names to the Governor’s office.

“The Governor’s always looking for robust individuals, and all suggestions are welcome,” Goldberg added.

The nine-member citizen board serves as the policy-making and oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority, and is responsible for improving access, cost and quality of Oregon’s healthcare delivery system and the health of all Oregonians.


To learn more about the work of the Oregon Health Policy Board, click here.

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I am disppointed that someone from the Oral Health Community was not appointed to this most recent vacancy on the Oregon Health Policy Board. If we are going to change the delivery system of oral health, physical health and behavioral health, it seems like someone of stature in the oral health community ought to be at the table and be part of the discussion. Most people who work with those on Medicaid and the uninsured have their insurance through the traditional insurance model especially in Dentistry and assume that the care they get will work for the those on medicaid and the uninsured. Traditional dental care does not work on a population whose infectious disease and behaviors are out of control where there are not enough resources. The same chronic disease processes that are impacting the health care costs where 20% of the people are costing 80% of the health care costs are in affect in oral health. Fixing and replacing teeth that fixing did not work on, does not work for those in the culture of poverty and as a result they suffer dramatically and end up losing all their teeth and having to live with not or artificial teeth. Mike Shirtcliff

Sixty-five percent of the people on Medicaid are children. It is exciting to finally see a Pediatrician appointed to a State Board.