Connected Citizens: a knowledge cafe for citizen engagement

YOUR voice matters, you are invited

Connected Citizens: a knowledge cafe for citizen engagement
Monday, January 13, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm, Corvallis- Benton County Public Library meeting room

The Public Participation Task Force will host a world café to explore ideas about public participation in Corvallis. We will have three twenty minute rounds of conversation for small groups. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different new table and a different discussion group mix. The three questions include strengthening the public participation systembuilding engagement and diversity, and enhancing communication. The ideas that emerge from this meeting will be used in the work of the Public Participation Task Force. 

Please join in the discussion and RSVP today! PLEASE RSVP HERE:

Join us in the Corvallis Holiday Parade this Saturday evening!

Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates will walk in the Corvallis holiday parade Saturday Nov. 30. The general theme this year is Aloha Hawaiian Christmas and our theme is "Give the Gift of Universal Healthcare"  -- we have super- large decorated gift boxes with messages such as "Aloha--Health Care for Oregon!"   We'll be handing out invitations to join us in helping to make this happen, and we want more walkers to carry gift boxes and signs. Children are welcome!

LINE UP with us between 6:30 and 6:50 on the south side of Washington Street, halfway between 4th and 5th streets. Car traffic is limited, so if you drive, leave a car in the OSU lot west of 11th street. The parade goes from Washington to Jackson, on 4th street. We are #19, just behind Hull's Reindeer Train, and in front of KEZI. Questions? Call Ruth at 541-738-6950 or Bobbi at 541-758-9340.

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Health & Human Services: A Community Conversation - Oct. 30 at 6:30 pm

The public is invited to “HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: A Community Conversation,” the eleventh in a series of meetings sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition to review and revise each of the 12 topic areas included in the 2008 Community Sustainability Action Plan. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue.

The Community Sustainability Action Plan is based on ideas gathered from hundreds of community members who attended three town hall meetings in 2008.  It outlines the Corvallis community’s goals, strategies and actions in 12 topic areas: Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health and Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas, Transportation, Waste Prevention, and Water.

The Coalition’s Health & Human Services Action Team has drafted a revised set of goals, strategies and actions that will be presented at the October 30th meeting for the purpose of getting feedback and additional ideas from the community.   After gathering feedback and ideas at the October 30th meeting, the Health & Human Services section of the Action Plan will be revised and included in the final 2013 Action Plan.

Both the 2008 Health & Humans Services Action Plan and the proposed revisions are available at
This meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact or call 541-230-1237.

Video of CCO meeting

InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization invited community members to join them on Sept. 19, 2013, in Newport, to discuss the future of health care in our local counties. This recording captures the update reports from CCO leaders and interaction with the audience.  Click here to view the meeting.  In order to view it on mobile devices, Flash must be installed.

Forum weighs moral aspect of health reform

Single-payer advocates and religious leaders will examine the moral imperative for health care reform at a public forum in Corvallis next week.

The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wesley Hall on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave.

State Rep. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, will be the keynote speaker.  Read more.

audio recording of the Cover Oregon event (8/20/13)

On August 20, 2013, three key leaders of Oregon's new Healthcare Exchange, called Cover Oregon, described their program for a standing room only crowd at the Benton County library. This 28-minute program provides an overview and excerpts from that meeting.

 Liz Baxter, board chair; Onofre Contreras, staff member, and Ralph Prows, CEO of an CO-OP non-profit commercial health plan talked about how the program will work. They also discussed what is known---and not known---about how it will function. Dr. Prows focused on how his health insurance plan differs from standard for-profit health insurance plans. Cover Oregon will accept online applications for membership and for government subsidies for Oregon's expanded Medicaid and insurance plans in October and they will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Oregon's unique health care exchange: COVER OREGON

More than one hundred and seventy persons crammed into the Corvallis Public Library on Tuesday, August 20th to obtain the latest information about Oregon's unique health insurance exchange, COVER OREGON.  Liz Baxter, Chair of the board of directors of Cover Oregon, opened with her perspective on the forum's topic: “Oregon's Heath Insurance Exchange...what does it mean for you and your family?”   Onofre Contreras, Cover Oregon Stakeholder Engagement staff, emphasized easier access to comprehensive health insurance information and simpler enrollment procedures through the Cover Oregon website and phone connection which are currently operating: and 1-855-268-3767.

Dr. Ralph Prows, CEO of Oregon's Health CO-OP, described the unique features and services of this Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan.  Participants in the audience were particularly enthusiastic about the availability of naturopaths for primary care services through Oregon's Health CO-OP.

Recently elected chair of Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Ron Green, deftly handled numerous questions from participants during the two-hour forum, which was recorded and will be available soon for local groups to inform their members and the public.  Contact Ron Green to arrange use of the recording.