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CHEA holds Valentine’s Day open house for members

Ruth Miles with her daughter Maia Ladd

Community Health Engagement Advocates of CareOregon (formerly the Member Advisory Committee) held its third annual open house on Valentine’s Day. It was an appropriate day for the CHEA gathering, because the event was all about loving and caring for each other.

The fourth floor Learning Commons was packed to capacity, as some 200 members enjoyed a buffet lunch, visited the booths of human services organizations and heard from speakers who thanked and encouraged members to be better health advocates for themselves – as well as other Medicaid and Medicare members.

“The people who came were so appreciative,” says Tamara Pedrojetti, CareOregon program coordinator. “Our goal was to recruit new members for CHEA, and to generate interest in our new Medicare Advisory Committee for CareOregon Advantage members.”

CHEA members spoke about their initiatives and successes, challenging all the members in the room to participate in a 90-day “SMART” goal challenge to pursue personal and community wellness goals that contribute to well-being.

Also speaking was Oliver Droppers from the Oregon Health Authority, who presented a summary of benefit highlights of the Oregon Health Plan, including improvements that became effective the first of this year.

CHEA Open House 2014

Special thanks go to the many CareOregon employees who supported the event, and to the exhibitors who patiently answered questions from those who attended the open house:

  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • Central City Concern – Old Town Clinic
  • Give2Get (CareOregon IDEO project)
  • CareOregon Advantage (Medicare)
  • CareOregon Customer Service
  • Community Health Engagement Advocates
  • Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

Comments overheard from members:

“I think you are doing a wonderful job, and days like this let me learn the latest information in person – with questions handled on the spot.”

“Thank you! This was a great experience for me. The lunch was yummy. I want to thank CareOregon for the great care I’ve received.”

“I would like to invite more friends. Thank you for the invitation; it is very enjoyable to socialize with people.”

“I do want to thank you for providing excellent service to all your clients and patients.”

“Thanks for your caring about us and hard work that you do – and treat us well with a special lunch.”

If you know of OHP members who might be interested in joining the Community Health Engagement Advocates, or the new Medicare Advisory committee, please contact Tamara Pedrojetti at or 503-416-1479.