For over three decades FamilyCare Health has listened to the wants, needs, and ideas of community members, using these to shape and influence the fulfillment of our mission to create healthy individuals through innovative systems. We take your concerns, questions, and suggestions seriously and encourage you to become a vocal part of our member network.
One place to express your ideas is within our Community Advisor Council (CAC).
We regularly meet with our Community Advisory Council (CAC)
Each year we assemble a new CAC made up of providers, community partners such as local public health and social services organizations, and consumer representatives. This diverse group meets on a monthly basis to discuss the health of the community and how to best make lasting and effective change. Download the FamilyCare Health CAC Charter.
With the help of the CAC, we evaluate the annual Community Health Plan Needs Assessment (CHNA) The CHNA contains data on the makeup and health care needs of FamilyCare members and the community as a whole. For instance, from this information we can see how many of the people we cover suffer from specific conditions, such as diabetes, or what percentage of our population is Latino.
We support the CAC to create and implement a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
The CHIP is a community-driven solution for issues currently facing our members and community. This call to action is the result of CAC meetings: The council identifies a target population and/or risk and strategizes ways to treat it. For example, if a majority of our teenage members are overweight, the CAC might suggest we help families access community centers and fitness facilities. Read a summary here.
We Want to Hear from You
Would you like to join our CAC? We’re recruiting for our 2016 council. Please fill out a Community Advisory Council Application (see below) or contact Brett Hamilton, Health Policy and Program Manager, at BrettH@Familycareinc.org or 503-345-5921.
2014 Community Initiative
In May 2014 FamilyCare’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the Community Advisory Council’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The prioritized health issues based upon the CHNA were access to care, chronic disease, culturally agile services and data, behavioral health, and substance abuse. Click here to see the FamilyCare Health 2014 CHIP.
The Council reviewed the list of priorities and felt that they were all important and interconnected. Rather than focus on just one health priority the CAC decided to target all of these health priorities in a specific population: FamilyCare members ages 15-25, also known as transition age youth.
The Council believes a CHIP focused on improving the health and wellness of these FamilyCare members will fulfill the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. (The high-risk youth of today could easily become the costly, high-utilizing individuals of tomorrow without an immediate focus on prevention.)
Now that the CHIP has been approved, the FamilyCare staff is working to fulfill the mission through preventive care measures, community-based programs and education.