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Health System Transformation Bulletin
Health System Transformation
SelectedJune 6, 2016

Public service announcement invites Oregon Health Plan members to join their community advisory councils

The Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center recently released a public service announcement to support coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in recruiting Oregon Health Plan members to their local community advisory councils. CCOs have community advisory councils to ensure that the health care needs of their communities are being addressed. The member voice is integral to understanding what people need and how CCOs can help them. This short video invites Oregon Health Plan members to contact their local community advisory councils so they can join the conversations to help improve their community’s health.

An English version and a Spanish version of the video were customized with contact information for each community advisory council. Source files will be provided to each council and each CCO can decide how to use the video to recruit members in its community.

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet June 7 in Portland at OHSU

Includes value-based payments presentation and panel

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting June 7 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear regular updates and discuss value-based payments

When: Tuesday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

OSH is top fund raiser for NW NAMI Walk for fifth straight year

By Erin Dahl

2016 NW NAMI Walk

For the fifth straight year, the Oregon State Hospital team was the top fund raiser for the NW NAMI Walk.

The annual walk, which raises both money and awareness of mental illness, supports the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

The hospital’s team raised more than $15,000 for the cause, with patients and staff participating in the Portland-based event May 15. Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton and her husband Ron also attended to show their support.

OSH renames Empowerment Center after peer recovery specialist Gary Sjolander

By Erin Dahl

Oregon State Hospital Sjolander Empowerment Center

From sharing his personal story of living with paranoid schizophrenia to training police officers to interact with people with mental illness, Gary Sjolander spent his career advocating on behalf of patients.

On May 12, Oregon State Hospital recognized Sjolander’s contributions to the hospital and to Oregon’s behavioral health system by renaming the Empowerment Center after him. Created on the Salem Campus 10 years ago with Sjolander’s help, the center gives patients a place to attend support group meetings and enjoy the companionship of others while outside the hospital’s walls.

The dedication ceremony took place on the Empowerment Center lawn and featured several speakers – each of whom expressed their gratitude for Sjolander’s dedication to the peer recovery movement. More than 100 staff, patients and community members attended the event.


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