The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a committee of the Willamette Health Council (WHC). The Willamette Health Council governs the PacificSource Marion-Polk Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). The CCO coordinates Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Medicaid benefits. The CAC helps the CCO respond to the needs of Oregon Health Plan members in Marion and Polk counties.

Why would I want to serve on the CAC?

When you serve on the CAC, you help make your community better by sharing your point of view and providing advice to the Willamette Health Council. You will have a chance to advocate for solutions that support health and well-being in the region. You may also learn and grow as a leader in your community.

What would I do as a CAC member?

  • Learn about health care benefits provided by the Oregon Health Plan.
  • Share your experiences getting health care.
  • Suggest ways to improve health care services in Marion & Polk counties.
  • Oversee the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan processes.
  • Provide direction and guidance to the Willamette Health Council about investments in programs and services that may improve health and well-being.

How much time would it take?

  • CAC members attend one (1) meeting per month that lasts about two (2) hours.
  • CAC members may volunteer to also serve on the Willamette Health Council Board, Clinical Advisory Panel or another sub-committee which would require additional time and effort.

What kind of support do you offer CAC members?

  • We believe your time is valuable. We offer a stipend for each 2-hour CAC meeting you attend.
  • If you need help with transportation we may help you coordinate rides.
  • We can also help with language interpretation.

How do I join the CAC?

Please fill out the application on this page. A committee will review your application and may call you to learn more about your interest. You may use the link at the bottom of the form to save your progress.