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Public meetings hope to draw health care input

A pair of community-wide meetings centered on Lake County’s health care needs will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, in Lakeview and Christmas Valley.

The Lakeview meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lakeview Elks Lodge, located at 323 N. F St.  The Christmas Valley meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Lake Health Clinic, located at 87520 Bay Rd.

Food, transportation and childcare will be provided for both meetings.

The community meeting serves as a centerpiece for public involvement following several months of meetings by the Community Health Improvement Partnership’s (CHIP) Community Advisory Committee.

The committee consists of members representing Lake County’s populace in a broad fashion, ranging from the general public to health care representatives, school district officials and local public officials.

“It’s going to be less about information sharing that we’ve gathered,” said John Adams, the CHIP coordinator for Lake County, noting that the primary emphasis is focused on soliciting concerns from the public at large.

The CHIP CAC group will identify the top health needs in the county, working up to prioritizing the top three health needs to work in the process.

Adams said that the health needs assessment is due to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization’s board in November.

Beyond November, the CAC will develop strategies for addressing the previously determined prioritized health care issues.

Adams said the goal is to attract 75 participants at the Lakeview meeting and 45 participants at the North Lake meeting.

For more information, contact Adams at 541-947-2114, ext. 375.

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