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The PSU & OHSU Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter
Author: Division of Public Administration
Posted: March 26, 2013

On March 7th, 2013 over 130 health profession students, faculty, and community members gathered in-person and on the web [from Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California, Idaho, Arizona, Massachusetts and New Jersey] to learn about health system transformation in Oregon. Dr. Bruce Goldberg, MD, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, was the evening’s keynote speaker. He provided an excellent overview of the development and implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in the State of Oregon.  After Dr. Goldberg's keynote, expert panelists discussed CCOs, providing thoughtful insight from each of their perspectives. The panel was comprised of Dr. Christina E. Milano, MD, Family physician and educator at OHSU; Dr. Tom Ewing, MD, Executive VP and CMO at PacificSource Health Plans; and Mr. John Hummel, JD, MPP, State and Federal Policy Director for the Oregon Primary Care Association. Dr. Milano spoke about how the transformative work is manifesting at the ground level and at OHSU at-large. Dr. Ewing provided his insight about the CCO experience in Central Oregon; speaking specifically to the formation, principles and governance, and the foundation for community-wide strategic planning. Mr. Hummel discussed CCO decision-making and the importance of consumers having a voice in the process.  

Afterward, guests and panelists joined the PSU & OHSU Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Leadership Team for complementary food and drink and a chance to network with other health care professionals.

A video recording of the event is available for viewing here.

A special thanks to our sponsors: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement; the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, PSU; OHSU Provost's Office; OHSU School of Dentistry Dean's Office; OHSU School of Medicine Dean's Office; OHSU Department of Family Medicine; OHSU Division of Management; OHSU Healthcare; OHSU All-Hill Student Council.

Generous donations were provided by: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company and Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Dr. Bruce Goldberg describing the development of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon.

The expert panel answering questions from the audience.

Dr. Goldberg and the expert panel posing for a group photo with the members of the IHI Open School Leadership Team.

OHSU's Old Library Auditorium provided an excellent venue for the event.