DATE:  April 29, 2015

SUBJECT: Community Health Council

CONTACT: Kendra Ballenger, 541-682-3777 


The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Community Health Council.  The committee advises the Board of Commissioners on topics and issues related to the Community Health Centers of Lane County, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and also serves as the governing board for the Health Centers.  Details about the Council and its composition, meeting schedule and the requirements for service on the Council follow:


COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL: Provides assistance and advice to the Board of Commissioners and the Health & Human Services (H&HS) Department's Community Health Centers of Lane County (CHCLC) in promoting its mission to provide comprehensive health care that is quality-driven, affordable and culturally competent to the people of Lane County. The Community Health Council will provide input and feedback to generally advise the development, implementation and evaluation of CHCLC programs, including but not limited to all programs funded through the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care Grant(s). This may include providing feedback and advice regarding the health care needs of Lane County residents. One goal of the Community Health Council is to review marketplace trends and to provide assistance and advice which reflect the economic realities of the marketplace. The Council works with the H&HS/CHCLC's management team and with community leaders to actively engage in long-term strategic planning to build sustainability for the centers.


MEMBERSHIP:  The Council has a membership range of 9 to 15.

MEETING SCHEDULE:  Monthly.  The Council meets the third Tuesday of every month from 5:15-7:15 p.m. at the RiverStone Clinic (room 308) at 2073 Olympic Street in Springfield.  This meeting location is convenient to bus routes.  Meals are provided and stipends are available to offset transportation and other costs which may be associated with meeting attendance.


VACANCY:  The Council is seeking up to eight consumer members and up to four community members.  To qualify as a consumer, the candidate must be a current registered patient of the Community Health Centers of Lane County and must have accessed services at any of the Health Center locations within the past twenty four months.  Lane County is particularly interested in attracting a consumer member who can represent migrant/seasonal farm workers and/or who utilizes pediatric services.  A legal guardian of a consumer who is a dependent child or adult, or a legal sponsor of an immigrant may also be considered a consumer. The community member applicant may have skills, expertise, and perspectives in areas which include but are not limited to finance, legal affairs, business, health, managed care, social services, labor relations, and government. 

TERM: Four (4) year terms with a limit of two (2) consecutive terms of membership.  Term membership commences when approved by the Board of County Commissioners and will end on 30 June, 2019.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 p.m.