The Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is a federally mandated body consisting of not more than 15 members appointed by the governor. The committee advises the Oregon Health Policy Board, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research and the Oregon Health Authority on the operation of Oregon's Medicaid program, including the Oregon Health Plan. The MAC develops policy recommendations at the request of the governor and the legislature.
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Jeremiah Rigsby, Portland
Jeremiah Rigsby moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. Before moving to Oregon, Jeremiah was a congressional aide to US Congressman Henry Cuellar (2006-2009) and US Congressman Kurt Schrader (2009-2011). During his time on the Hill, Jeremiah worked on a number of policy issues, but focused on health care policy through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. After completing law school, Jeremiah joined CareOregon to help develop and advocate for Medicaid and Medicare policy development.
Term: Jan 7, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023
Daniel Alrick, Ashland
Daniel Alrick is a self-advocate and Chair of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. He served as Vice-Chair of OCDD 2017-2019. Previously he was on the board of Creative Supports, Inc. as a self-advocate 2013-2015. He is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in Professional Writing and has graduated the Partners in Policymaking class of 2016.
Term: June 5, 2021 - June 4, 2023
Brandy Charlan, Klamath Falls
Brandy Charlan is a Mediciad recipient and a mother of 2. She is currently working as an In-Home Caregiver through Aging and People with Disabilities Department. She has only 2 voluntary commitments, MAC being one and the other being seasonal. She actively works to curb the temptation of jumping into more projects having finally realized that being superwoman is for much younger women. She brings a keen awareness of the challenges faced by Klamath County Medicaid recipients as it has been necessary to advocate for her own healthcare and that of others, whether they be clients or friends/family. She considers it to be a great responsibility to be on the MAC.
Term: June 5, 2021 - June 4, 2023
Adrienne R. Daniels, Portland
Adrienne serves as the Deputy Director for the Multnomah County Community Health Center (a federally qualified health center) overseeing strategic planning, communications, and legislative policy. She works closely with public health and clinical health leadership to assure high quality care for more than 64,000 patients each year. She previously worked across governmental, non-profit, and private-sector health care organizations as a management consultant. Adrienne is a native Oregonian and completed her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in 2014.
Term: June 5, 2021 – June 4, 2023
Lavinia Goto, Co-Chair, Salem
Lavinia is a Project Manager for LTC Innovation and SDOH, NW Senior and Disability Services; Operations Manager, Oregon Wellness Network. Since 2008, she has focused primarily on chronic disease management, health prevention and promotion, developing a network of health coaches and leaders, all providing evidence-based chronic disease self-management workshops throughout the State. She has worked in both governmental and private industry, and has often served as a change agent, developing programs and the personnel to provide the services, in order to meet a community need. Her formal education is extensive; she admits to being a lifelong student. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing, a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration, and a Doctoral degree in Health Administration. She is also a certified diabetes educator and an experienced nurse case manager. Besides her passion for program development, Lavinia is an educator.
Term: June 5, 2021 – June 4, 2023
Miguel Angel Herrada, Bend
Miguel Angel Herrada is the Health Equity and Diversity Strategist at PacificSource. He studied art history and ethnomusicology, and graduated from the Université de Montréal in Canada. For some years he combined his career as a music teacher with social work, implementing educational programs geared towards social service through the dissemination and promotion of the arts in poor communities in Mexico. Miguel Angel is a DELTA (OEI) graduate, currently volunteers as Medical Interpreter for Volunteers in Medicine in Bend, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Development and Disability (IDD) for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mosaic Medical Group in Central Oregon. He performs solo as a Flamenco guitarist, or as the leader of the Middle Eastern Band "Nomads," which specializes in Balkan, Arabic, Turkish, and Klezmer music.
Term: Dec 1, 2021 - Nov 30, 2023
Leslee S. Huggins, Co-Chair, Salem
Dr. Leslee Huggins is dual-trained in the specialties of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and is a Board-Certified Diplomate and Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry. With access to care being a cornerstone of her practice philosophy for 23 years, her passion is working with children, especially the underserved, including the special needs population, both children and adults. She's had multiple practice experiences in various states including owning her own private practice in Raleigh, NC, working as an Attending in Pediatric Dentistry residency training programs in Chapel Hill, NC and Providence, RI, corporate dentistry, and the U.S. Navy. Additionally, in 2009, she began a creative program to enable children on state assistance insurance to receive desperately needed dental care that was a one-of-its-kind serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. In each practice environment, she's been able to establish successful programs that provide needed care within the confines of limited finances and insurability. Her personal time is spent with her husband and three children exploring the beauty of Oregon, reading, running, and helping out with their film company, New Shepherd Films.
Term: Sep 27, 2021 - Sep 26, 2023
David Inbody, Salem
Dave Inbody is the CCO Operations Manager for the Oregon Heath Authority tasked with leading Medicaid CCO Operations to ensure the successful implementation of CCO 2.0. This work focuses on helping CCOs better understand the expanded requirements, enhancing OHA's ability to evaluate service delivery and communicating progress to the public. Before joining OHA in 2019, Dave served 12 years at Deschutes County in County Administration and the Health Services Department. He has also worked for General Electric in financial analytics, Nortel Networks in market planning and ITAGroup in performance management. Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity University in San Antonio and dual Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University.
Term: Jan 29, 2022 - Jan 28, 2024
Divya Sharma, Central Oregon
Divya Sharma serves as a board-certified Internist who is the Chief Medical Officer for Central Oregon IPA and has been in a leadership position at COIPA since 2010.
She has extensive experience in providing clinical care to people on Medicaid and understands well the challenges they face in their day to day lives. She currently provides direct clinical care at La Pine Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), that serves predominantly medicaid and medicare patients in rural Central Oregon. Prior to that she worked at Mosaic Medical clinic, also an FQHC, where she provided direct clinical care and was the Medical Director of clinical Quality and Value. She has more than 15 years of experience in clinical leadership and is a member of the Board of Directors of multiple healthcare organizations. Her healthcare areas of interest lie in value-based contracting, quality and population health, social determinants of health, effective change management, clinical and community leadership, and complex patient care management. She received her BA in Biology with a minor in Religion and Classical studies from the University of Rochester in NY, MS in Biomedical Science and Medical Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She did her residency at the University of Virginia. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Term: Jan 29, 2021 – Jan 28, 2023
Karun Virtue, Lincoln County
Karun is the chair of the Lincoln County CAC for InterCommunity Health Network. Her family is on OHP. Karun is a disabled veteran who receives VA care and thus does not qualify for OHP. Karun has several children with disabilities who experience co-morbid Intellectual Disability and Mental Health issues. Karun identifies as gender non-binary. She also serves on the Oregon State Health Assessment Steering Committee. In the past Karun has served on Linn County Mental Health Advisory Board and Linn County Developmental Disability Advisory Board.
Term: Jan 11, 2021 - Jan 10, 2023
Heather Jefferis, Portland
Heather Jefferis as the Executive Director of OCBH participates in a wide variety of forums to ensure our members voice is present and actionable. OCBH has over 50 members providing the full continuum of BH services from prevention through residential services and detox including urban, rural, frontier, culturally specific, responsive, and linguistically accessible. Over the last 25 years of working in Behavioral Health both Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health, Heather has been privileged to sit in a variety of seats. She has provided direct services as a master’s level clinician, served as a program director, an Executive and Board Chair. She has developed, implemented, and operated programing within government BH clinics, non-profit clinic settings and criminal justice programs. In each of these seats she has typically served individuals who are multi system involved and frequently with co-occurring concerns. She intimately understands Oregon systems that support Oregonians on their path to whole person and family health. She has been charged by the OCBH Board to grow the association capacity to represent, serve and lift the voice of our diverse statewide integrated continuum of Behavioral Health Care
Term Jan 26, 2022 – Jan 25, 2024