Columbia Gorge Health Council Board

The Columbia Gorge Health Council (CGHC) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation in Oregon and has served since 2012 as the community governance and engagement body for the PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). Among other duties, the CGHC:

• provides leadership and project management to create a multi-agency, regional Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan every three years,

• has decision making authority over the CCO budget,

• makes spending decisions for a portion of the State Quality Pool and for all shared savings funds above PacificSource’s capped margin, and

• operates the Community Advisory Council, the Clinical Advisory Panel, a Finance Committee, and other committees and workgroups as needed to support CCO objectives.

Our directors include representatives of all major health care providers in the region, representatives of each county served, community members, and practicing health care providers. Our organization has provided a conduit for the voices of clinicians, consumers, and organizational leaders to improve health outcomes and member experience. This governance structure has created a successful pathway for community engagement in leadership and doing the work of the CCO, and we would very much like for it to continue.

Trey Rigert, MD

Board Chair, Central Oregon IPA

Al Barton, MS LPC

Board Vice Chair and Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) Co-chair

Jeanie Vieira, RN

Treasurer, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

Elaine Castles, PhD

Community at Large, Wasco County

Elizabeth Foster, MD

Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) Co-chair

Scott Hege

Wasco County

Lindsey Hopper, JD, MPH

PacificSource Community Solutions Inc.

Max Janasik

One Community Health

Karen Joplin

Hood River County

Dennis Knox, FACHE

Mid-Columiba Medical Center

Paul Lindberg

Community Advisory Council (CAC) Chair

Mayra Rosales

Community Advisory Council (CAC) Consumer Member

“It has been an incredible experience to see new standards implemented, then go to the office and witness my patients’ lives change in significant and positive ways as a result.”

Dr. Kim Humann

Psychiatrist, MCMC

“We are working together with the Columbia Gorge Health Council and PacificSource to make sure people are being served in the best way possible,”

Susan Lowe

Consumer, CAC Member

“I receive positive feedback from our Latino families about the quality of the healthcare services. Providers are very patient, very respectful and they take time to listen.

Joel Pelayo

Consumer, CAC Member

“I’m grateful that we’re starting to see success from our work. Change this important takes time, but now we know it can be done.”

Karen Joplin

Commissioner, Hood River County