Community Advisory Council

Purpose: The Community Advisory Council (CAC) advises the Marion-Polk CCO on how to be responsive to Oregon Health Plan member and community health needs.

Core Responsibilities: 

    • Foster meaningful engagement of Oregon Health Plan members to continuously improve the Marion-Polk CCO member experience. 
    • Help develop the Marion-Polk Community Health Assessment and implement the Marion-Polk Community Health Improvement Plan. 
    • Make recommendations to the Willamette Health Council Board of Directors on investments related to the social determinants of health and equity.  

2023 Priorities: 

    • Foster greater CAC engagement in the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan regional work.
    • Host community engagement sessions to strengthen CAC awareness of local community health needs/priorities and educate the community about the CAC.
    • Refine the CAC’s approach to making social determinants of health and equity spending recommendations/decisions.

The CAC acts as the voice for Oregon Health Plan members in the Marion-Polk region. Through an application process, members are selected on a rolling basis by the Willamette Health Council’s CAC Selection Committee. Members are appointed for a two-year term.

The Willamette Health Council provides stipends for Oregon Health Plan members who are CAC voting members. The rate is $25 per hour per meeting.  Mileage reimbursement for travel to/from meetings is reimbursed at $0.625 per mile for the driver only.

Interested in applying to serve on the CAC?  Please email Sarah Smith for more information.

Current CAC Members:

    • Melissa Lindley, Co-Chair
    • Breanna McLeod, Co-Chair
    • Tammy Brister
    • Enrique Garcia
    • Bret Hammang
    • Christina Korkow
    • Kimberly Lane
    • Maria Lemus
    • Jackie Leung
    • Leslie Marshall
    • Victoria Meredith
    • Clay Peterson
    • Kari Wilhite
    • Kiara Yoder


Sarah Smith (she/her), Program Manager

CAC Meetings

CAC meetings are typically held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm and are open to the public. Information about upcoming CAC meetings can be found here on our event calendar.

    Notice of Regular Meeting – Community Advisory Council

    The Community Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 12:45-3:15pm. The meeting is open to the public.