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Ellen Franklin, Community Advisory Council Chair

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) for InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization (IHN-CCO), which serves Oregon Health Plan members in Benton, Lincoln and Linn County, unanimously elected Ellen Franklin to serve as its chair beginning Jan. 1, 2016. In addition, Franklin also represents the CAC on the organization’s Board of Directors. Both terms run through Dec. 31, 2018.

Franklin is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has worked for Lincoln County Health and Human Services for the past 15 years. Franklin has been a member of both the regional IHN-CCO and the local Lincoln County CAC for three years; most recently serving as the former’s vice chair. During her time working with the CAC, Franklin has been involved in a number of initiatives and workgroups, including: the Health Impact Area CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) Workgroup, the CHIP Workgroup, the Charter Workgroup and the Outcomes and Indicators Workgroup.

As chair, Franklin said, she hopes to continue to foster a culture of openness and collaboration that allows all community members and stakeholders to be active in decisions regarding their health care.

“I’m passionate about helping IHN-CCO members have a voice in their care,” Franklin said. “I’m excited about Oregon being on the forefront of health care transformation and investing in seeing that our most vulnerable folks get the care they need.”

Franklin followed Larry Eby, M.D., who served as the CAC’s first chair.

"These three years have culminated in a regional advisory council and county committees that did a lot of experimentation as they worked together to build and refine the Community Health Assessment and then the Community Health Improvement Plan,” Eby said. “I take great pride and satisfaction in handing over the leadership of this fine council to Ellen Franklin. I am eager to see the next phases of growth and change.”

The Advisory Council also works with IHN-CCO to identify and advocate for preventive care practices, oversees a community health assessment, and annually publishes a report on the progress of the improvement plan.

The public is welcome to attend any meeting of the Advisory Council and participate during the public comment period allowed.