As more and more counties across Oregon contemplate relinquishing their public health responsibilities either to the state or local coordinated care organizations, Rep. Mitch Greenlick plans to introduce a bill next month to begin a decade-long process to modernize the state’s public health system.
January 14, 2010 -- Tammy Bray has been named chair of the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee by the Oregon Health Policy Board, while Lila Wickham is the committee vice chair. Bray works at Oregon State University; Wickham is with the Multnomah County Health Department.
The committee is charged with promoting and supporting lifestyle changes to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Their plan will incorporate policy, systems and environmental approaches that promote population health.
Committee members include:
Setpember 15, 2009 -- As President Obama struggles to enact meaningful health reform, Oregon is poised to transform its healthcare system, according to Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting administrator of the Oregon Health Authority and director of Oregon's Department of Human Services.
September 15, 2009 -- Hats off to Lillian Shirley. She's just been named vice president and president-elect of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Lillian, director of Multnomah County's Health Department, also was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski as vice-chairman of the newly formed Oregon Health Policy Board, which is expected to transform Oregon's healthcare system following the passage of House Bill 2009.
September 2, 2009 -- Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced the submittal of the following nominees for volunteer service on four new state boards and commissions. The Governor also submitted nominees for several existing boards and commissions.
I am pleased to announce that Tina Edlund has joined the Oregon Health Authority as Deputy Director for Planning and Policy Implementation. Tina is well-known in Oregon for her health policy expertise, health services research and excellent administrative skills.
On June 11, Oregon's Legislature passed historic health reform legislation in House Bill 2009. In particular, HB 2009 creates an Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which is responsible for streamlining and aligning state health purchasers and programs to maximize efficiency as well as organize state health policy and health services.