InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization Delivers Medicaid Care In Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties

Meet the chair and coordinator

The Community Advisory Council elected Larry Eby, MD, Albany, as its chair in April, 2013. In a separate action, Rebekah Fowler, PhD, Corvallis, was hired as the coordinator for the volunteer body.

Eby is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and practiced medicine mainly as a general surgeon in Ohio, Puerto Rico, and Nigeria and briefly as an emergency room physician in Newport. He has been active in health care access and improvement issues in the Albany and Corvallis areas for several years. Rebekah Fowler, PhD, and Larry Eby, MD

“I am a strong advocate for health delivery reform as a means for improved health outcomes and satisfaction leading to lower cost,” said Eby. “My son, Dr. Douglas Eby, is vice-president for medical services for the South Central Foundation, which is the agency for medical care for much of the Alaska Native population. There he has been one of the architects of a delivery system that is being copied in many other parts of the U.S. and Canada, especially their Patient-Centered Medical Home system. He was in this area about two years ago and spoke to several groups in Corvallis and Albany. I have visited Medical Homes in Alaska on several occasions and have seen how their system works. This is my strongest asset to bring to any role within the coordinated care system.”

As the Council’s chair, Eby also serves as a voting member of InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization's (IHN-CCO) Governing Board.

View live video of Eby's address during a recent public meeting hosted by IHN-CCO.

Fowler, the Council’s coordinator, works council representatives to ensure that they have the support they need to meet the requirements spelled out by the Oregon Health Authority in its contract with IHN-CCO.

Previous to her work on the Council, Fowler, a native Oregonian, coordinated Oregon Health Plan member advisory councils for the Accountable Behavioral Health Alliance. She also worked to develop non-traditional health worker programs within that agency’s five-county region. She holds a doctorate in social psychology and a master’s of science in experimental psychology.

“I look forward to working with the Council and applying my strong commitment to transforming health care through effective collaboration and communication,” said Fowler.

“With the selection of Dr. Eby as chair, and Dr. Fowler as coordinator, our Advisory Council now has all the elements in place to begin their work to oversee a regional health improvement plan that supports Oregon’s triple aim of better health, better care and lower cost of care,” said Kelley Kaiser, chief executive officer of IHN-CCO.

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. Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes of the Advisory Council are published on this website. Anyone wishing to receive an email notice of events can sign up for this service.

Did you know????

11% of Benton County population speaks a language other than English at home?  And 20% of those households do not have an individual who speaks English "very well".
Approximately 20% of Benton County population is living below the federal poverty level.
Hispanic / Latino and Asian Pacific populations continue to grow.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the county.
These are just a few samples of the comprehensive information in the  Community Health Assessment report distributed by the Benton County Health Department at its kick-off meeting of the Planning Team for the Community Health Improvement Plan, on October 23rd.

The 2012 Community Health Assessment, the first of its kind in over 10 years, synthesizes nine months of assessment and data collection by Benton County Health Department staff.  The Community Health Assessment highlights areas of excellence as well as unmet needs in Benton county.

More than fifty members of the community, representing schools, health care, community groups, cities and Benton County have been invited to begin the process of reviewing the Community Health Assessment, defining priority needs and ultimately drafting a Community Health Improvement Plan for Benton County.
Betty Johnson, member of Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, is participating as one of fifteen persons representing various community groups.

It is intended that the Community Health Improvement Plan will provide guidance to the health department, its partners, and stakeholders for improving the health of the population within the community.