The Early Learning Council and Oregon Health Policy Board will work together in 2013 to make sure all children in Oregon are healthy and Kindergarten ready. By integrating health care and early learning policies, sharing resources, and aligning goals, the Early Learning Council and Oregon Health Policy Board will help children in Oregon get the health care and the education they need to thrive and be healthy.
The Early Learning Council (ELC) and Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) have teamed to create a joint subcommittee in order to produce critical alignment and integration between health care system transformation and early learning system transformation.
The subcommittee, composed of members from both OHPB and ELC, will be responsible for developing strategies, policy proposals, and a timeline that will ensure alignment between health care and early learning. The subcommittee also includes representation from the Department of Human Services to ensure additional alignment and integration across systems. Key areas of focus for the subcommittee may include early screening, care coordination, and data and metrics sharing and alignment. The subcommittee will also explore avenues for health care and early learning to share responsibility towards the outcomes of kindergarten readiness for Oregon children.
This subcommittee will not carry out policy implementation. Recommendations will be brought forth to OHPB and ELC for decision-making.
House Bill 2009 (2009) established OHPB, a nine-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Board is the policy making body for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
Senate Bill 909 (2011) established the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and ELC, a nine-member Governor-appointed committee. The council assists OEIB in overseeing a unified system of early learning services for the purpose of ensuring that children enter kindergarten ready to learn. In 2012, the Council was expanded to nineteen members.
Pam Curtis, ELC
Mike Bonetto, OHPB
Janet Dougherty-Smith, ELC
Carla McKelvey, OHPB
Teri Thalhofer, ELC
Erinn Kelley-Siel, Director
Jada Rupley, Early Learning System Director
Tina Edlund, Chief of Policy, OHA
ELC/OHPB Joint Subcommittee Charter
Early Learning Council Hubs report: Community Based Coordinators
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at:
Portland State Office Building:
800 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232
For questions, please contact:
Dana Hargunani MD, MPH
Child Health Director, Oregon Health Authority