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.
“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.
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