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OHA/DHS Joint Stakeholder Committee

OHA|DHS Joint Stakeholder Committee

Department of Human Services Oregon Health Authority
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The purpose of this committee is to create a forum at which stakeholders can partner with DHS and OHA to ensure that the two agencies and community partners and providers are taking advantage of every opportunity to maximize results for clients that are served by both agencies.

The DHS-OHA Joint Stakeholder Committee will provide a forum for exchanging ideas and establish an open line for two-way communication. It will ensure that the voices of stakeh​olders representing diverse client perspectives are heard.

The Joint Stakeholder Group will focus its efforts on:

  • Identifying and partnering with both agencies on a priority set of issues, focusing on clear objectives and deliverables to improve outcomes for consumers/clients;
  • Consumer/client needs, not individual programs;
  • Building solid working relationships on critical policy and program design issues; and
  • Developing strong communication channels.

For more information:

Jacee Van Gestel

Nancy Sathrum


The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have more than 100 different stakeholder groups operating within the current agencies’ structures. When the agencies became two separate entities following passage of HB 2009 (2009), concern was raised that issues for consumers crossing both organizations would get lost in the focus on individual programs unique to each agency. Creation of one committee with representatives already focusing in unique program areas – but with perspective on client needs that span both organizations - will allow for a singular forum to share ideas with agency leadership and decision-makers.

Meetings and Materials

OHA/DHS Joint Stakeholder Committee Charter

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at:
Portland State Office Building
800 NE Oregon
Portland, OR 97232
Public comments will be heard at each meeting. Please see agenda for specific times.

Meeting Schedule

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Joint Stakeholder Meeting Archives

Committee Members

Agency Staff

Mike Balter, Executive Director
Boys and Girls Aid

Sandy Bumpus
Oregon Family Support Network

Linda Castillo,
Coalition of Communities of Color El Programa Hispano

Jessica Chanay, Joint Stakeholder Committee Co-Chair
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Jaime Daignault, Executive Director
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

Tim Hartnett
Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission, CODA, Inc.

Jesse Kappel, Advocate/Co-Chair
State Rehabilitation Council

Pierre Morin, PhD, LPC
Lutheran Community Services NW

John Mullin, Joint Stakeholder Committee Chair
Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO)

Teresa Rios-Campos
The Community Capacitation Center

Joseph Santos Lyons, Joint Stakeholder Committee Co-Chair
Asian Pacific American Network of OR

Sherry Stock, Chair
Oregon Disabilities Commission

Judy Strand, Chair
Governor's Commission on Senior Services

Teri Thalhofer
Coalition of Local Health Officials

Erinn Kelley-Siel
DHS Director

Tina Edlund
OHA Acting Director

Bobby Green
OHA Director of Local Government Affairs

Courtney Westling
OHA Director of Legislative & Government Affairs

Jill Gray
DHS Legislative Coordinator

Brian Nieubuurt
OHA Legislative Coordinator