Multnomah County executive joins CareOregon board of directors


January 18, 2013 -- Joanne Fuller, Multnomah County’s Chief Operating Officer, has joined the board of directors for CareOregon.

CareOregon is a non-profit health services organization providing support to Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), Oregon’s Health CO-OP and Medicare Advantage organizations. It is one of the health care organizations that have banded together as Health Share of Oregon, the CCO that manages physical and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties.

"I am excited to be joining the CareOregon board,” Fuller says. “Through my work at Multnomah County I am acutely aware of the health and social services needs in our communities and of the racial health disparities in our state and the country. I believe that organizations like CareOregon can be on the front lines of addressing these issues and by joining the board I hope to contribute to this effort."

Fuller has been with Multnomah County since 1988. Prior to stepping into her role as COO in January 2011, she served as the Director of the Department of County Human Services from January 2007 through December 2010. The department provides services to people with mental illness and addictions, senior services, services to people with developmental disabilities, services to youth in schools, anti-poverty services and services to survivors of domestic violence.

From 2001 through December 2006, she led the county’s Department of Community Justice and established a national reputation as a leader in juvenile justice detention reform and evidence-based practices in community corrections and probation and parole.

Fuller has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University and served as adjunct faculty at PSU from 1990 to 1995.


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