Monday, October 21, 2013

UHA, CAC to Hold 3 Public Meetings to Discuss Community Health Assessment

Here is an opportunity to find out more about our local Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), Umpqua Health Alliance (UHA).  This coming Wednesday evening (10/23/2013), at the Sutherlin Community Center, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, UHA’s  Community Advisory Council (CAC)   will reveal the results from a community health assessment and let communities know what the local Coordinated Care Organization is doing.   

Below is a link to the Health Assessment, so you can read what a group of folks who met in secret decided were the health problems in our community.  

This may be a good time for folks to ask questions of this group of people who is supposed to be representing the community’s interest in the CCO. This Community Advisory Committee is required by law and is supposed to be set up in a particular way and be the public’s vehicle to be part of the CCO process, yet UHA will not even tell us who is on it or when or where they meet.   These meetings should at least reveal who they are, or who at least some of them are.  Set out below is the Oregon law section that deals with the requirements of Community Advisory Councils (CAC).  Based on information provided to us, UHA may be violating the law regarding the make-up of the CAC.  

These meetings may be a good time to hold UHA representatives, including the CAC members there, accountable for failing to reveal the members of the CAC to the public, failing to hold all CAC meetings in public, allow public comment at meetings, and provide minutes of the meetings and related documents to the public.    

The meetings will also provide a forum for input about what you want UHA to spend our tax dollars on locally to promote healthy lifestyles, better health care services and improved medical outcomes.   

UHA’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) will also be holding meetings in Riddle, October 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Riddle Community Center, and in Roseburg from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Ford Rm, DC Library on on the 4th of November.  

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