Community Health Council

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Provides input and feedback to generally advise development, implementation and evaluation of Community Health Centers of Lane County (CHCLC) programs.

Meeting Schedule

Monthly, 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm at the Charnelton building location, 151 West 7th Ave., Room 258 Eugene OR.


(9 to 15) The Council shall have 9 to 15 members. Representation is from consumers, health care providers, and community representatives as follows: 51% are individuals who are served by the CHCLC and representative with respect to demographic factors. 49% are representative of the CHCLC catchment area who have expertise in community affairs, local government, finance, legal affairs, trade unions, commercial or industrial concerns, or social service agencies. Read more...


4 years, ending June 30.

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The Community Health Council has openings for consumer members. 

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For Information on All Current Committee Vacancies: View the Committee Vacancy Notice

Note: You may submit an application at any time. Applications are kept for 12 months from the date the application is received and will be considered should a vacancy occur within that time frame. Application forms are also available in the Board of Commissioners office, Public Service Building, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene.

Committee Bylaws

Ellen Dailey Award

Ellen Dailey Award presented to Marianne Malott, Community Health Council Member


Ellen Dailey Award winners are people who have experienced homelessness and have found their own voice as advocates for others who experience homelessness. Award winners are driven by a passion for justice and a commitment to ending homelessness. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council presented Marianne Malott with the 2013 Ellen Dailey Award.Congratulations Marianne!


David Parker

David Parker   

Council President
Health Council member since 2010

“I joined the Health Council because I wanted to see health care improve for all members of Lane County. I grew up in Coos Bay Oregon. I enjoy reading; social sciences, medical, geology, zoology, IT of all kinds. I was recently Co-Chair of the Trillium Community Advisory Council.”


Dianne Robertson

Dianne Robertson   

Council Vice-President
Health Council member since 2014 

“I joined the Council because of my belief that equitable health care is a fundamental right for everyone. I grew up in Australia and I am a retired nurse. I participate in the advocacy/policy team for the Community Health Improvement Plan of Lane County, and have been an advisory board member for the Specialized Transportation Fund for Lane Transit District.”

Rich Swanson

Rich Swanson  

Council Secretary
Health Council member since 2015

 “I joined the Council because I was made aware of the opportunity, and the need for consumer members. It felt like the right thing to do, and a good way to contribute to the community. I do housesitting and pet care.  I have been in Eugene since 1974. I do a lot of walking and juggling, often at the same time. When sitting, I am probably watching movies or playing video games.”


Carol Dennis

Carol Dennis   Council Treasurer
Health Council member since 2015

“After spending eight years on the board of the Lane Education Service District, I joined the Community Health Council to continue being an ally to members of marginalize populations, understanding that healthcare is crucial to a healthy community. I also serve as the Chair/President of the Lane Education Foundation, and I am a Co-Founder of Minority Voices Theatre, a local theatre project. Recently retired, I enjoy spending time at home with my wife, Amber, puttering in the backyard and bingeing on Netflix.”

B. Lynne Schwartz


Health Council member since 2013
“I am a passionate advocate for good quality, affordable health care for all.  As a consumer (I am a patient at Charnelton Community Clinic) I wanted to know more about our local health system and add my voice to the discussions. I grew up in Massachusetts and am a big Red Sox fan.   I am a licensed massage therapist and have studied and practiced various healing modalities over many years.”


Peter Patricelli, MD

Peter Patricelli   Health Council member since March 2017

 “During my 45 years of practice the wheres and hows of who gets what quality of medical care, and the impact of the sociology of the American System on health, has evolved as much or more than the medical advancements of how we treat diseases. On the whole we have the most expensive medical system in the developed world AND the least effective. The inequity and disparity of who benefitted from the advances of modern medicine was simply too much for me to ignore. After my “first” retirement from private practice I continued to work on a part time basis for the Community Health Centers of Lane County  for 8 years. When I felt full retirement was in order, continuing to serve as a CHC Health Council member to ensure and expand access to medical care for all was the logical alternative.

I grew up in Seattle, attended college and medical school in Boston, but quickly returned to the northwest to raise a family. I am known almost as much for my hobbies, fishing, writing, and photography as I am for my medical work, which included being medical director of the Sacred Heart Adolescent Recovery Program (SHARP), an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program for adolescents for 13 years.”

Marianne Malott

Marianne Malott   Health Council member since 2004
"I was raised in New Mexico and later moved to Oregon for work. In 2006, I was asked to represent Community Health Centers of Lane County at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council conference.
In 2013, I became a recipient of the Ellen Daily award for the National Consumer Advisory Board."

Silver Mogart

Silver Mogart   Health Council member since 2016

“I joined the Health Council because health issues are very important to me. Being Latino, I wanted to share my perspective on health from my community.

I grew up in Los Angeles California and my hobbies include doing stand-up comedy. I am also a police commissioner for the Eugene Police Department.”

Jorjie Arden

Jorgie Arden   Health Council member since January 2017 ​
“I joined the Health Council because I have a desire to make a difference in the community in which I live. I am a native Oregonian, the 9th of 11 children, born and raised in west Lane County.  An inveterate student, I hold degrees in Anthropology and in Public Health. Though I am a busy single mother raising 2 daughters with special needs, I still find time to lead a Girl Scout troop, mentor for FIRST Lego League, and attend conferences and committees related to diversity, health, and wellness. I am an avid gardener and foodie, and spend most of free time outdoors, enjoying nature.”

Sandi Mann


Health Council member since 2013
“I joined the Community Health Council because I believe in community service.  I'm interested in community health and when I began my service as a board member I was a client of RiverStone Clinic.  I believe in healthcare for all, treating the WHOLE person (the physical, emotional & spiritual aspects of a person), with special interests in addictions and abuse of women. 

I have an M.A. in International Relations, a B.A.S.W. in Social Work with a Spanish Minor, teaching certificates in Elementary Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language.  I grew up in Madison, WI and also lived significant amount of time in Austin, TX and Sacramento, CA.   I also have a background in Alcohol & Drug Abuse and have served as a volunteer at Women's Shelters in Sacramento, CA & Austin, TX.  I have worked in education for the last 20 years.  My favorite hobbies are:  reading, current events, walking, traveling, movies, socializing, signing (fairly fluent in ASL) cooking & dining out!”