Neighborhood Health Center CEO Appointed to Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee
PORTLAND, Ore., November 22, 2022 – Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) CEO Jeri Weeks has been appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon State Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) beginning next month.
The MAC is a federally mandated body which advises the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Health Policy Board on Oregon’s Medicaid program. As a member of MAC, Weeks will work with other committee members to develop policy recommendations and elevate the voices of Oregon Medicaid recipients.
Weeks has served as NHC’s CEO since 2012. Under her leadership, NHC has grown to ten clinic locations, with over 200 staff members, serving over 20,000 patients annually. Over 60% of those patients are Medicaid recipients. Weeks is highly supportive of community-led efforts to increase and improve healthcare access, with a strong emphasis on elevating patient voices.
“There is so much value in letting those who are most impacted by legislation have a seat at the table,” Weeks says. “I am honored to represent our patients and Oregon Medicaid recipients in our community on the Medicaid Advisory Committee and will ensure their voices and needs are front and center in the work we do.”
Weeks’ term will begin on December 1, 2022 and end November 30, 2024.
MAC members include Medicaid recipients or caregivers for Medicaid recipients, members of healthcare consumer groups that serve Medicaid recipients, and representatives from healthcare organizations, like Weeks.
ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER:
Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) is a non-profit community health center that serves a federally designated Medically Underserved Population (MUP) in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), NHC is governed by a dedicated, patient-majority Board of Directors, committed to the mission of building healthy communities – one neighbor at a time – through patient-centered healthcare, regardless of income or current state of wellness. Learn more: http://nhcoregon.org/
Penny L. Moore