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Yamhill CCO celebrates new headquarters

YCCO Staff


McMinnville, Ore.—A delegation from CareOregon enjoyed an opportunity Nov. 14 to join the team at Yamhill Community Care Organization as it celebrated the opening of its new headquarters at 807 Northeast Third Street in McMinnville.

During an open house for its many partner organizations and agencies in the community, the Yamhill CCO team celebrated its second year of operations. It’s marking the milestone with a look back at this year’s accomplishments, including an award for its role as one of Oregon’s first Early Learning Hubs.

“Community input, involvement and transparency is highly valued by Yamhill CCO,” says Jim Carlough, chief executive officer. While all CCOs must have clinical advisory panels (CAPs) and community advisory councils (CACs), Yamhill CCO has broadened this shared responsibility with good results, including a second annual  joint session of its board, CAP, CAC and Early Learning Hub.

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“Our community forum last year led to new ideas and goals for Yamhill CCO this year, which we call Action Plan for Better Health in 2014 and beyond,” Jim says. This year, the four panels met to review progress and provide feedback on successes, challenges and additional opportunities.

The gathering is not a state requirement for Coordinated Care Organizations, Jim says, but it has proven to be a productive forum where health providers, community representatives and Oregon Health Plan members brainstorm how to improve community health and well-being.

Yamhill CCO is a nonprofit formed by the citizens of Yamhill County. Involvement by the community is a key to its course toward success, says Silas Halloran-Steiner, Yamhill CCO board chairman.

“There are great opportunities for system coordination and improved care due to the high degree of community and provider involvement in Yamhill CCO,” Silas adds.

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