Community Advisory Council

What We Do

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is chartered by the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) Board of Directors. The overarching purpose of the CAC is to ensure the COHC remains responsive to consumer and community health needs. The CAC is intended to enable consumers to take an active role in improving their own health and that of their family and community members.


The CAC provides guidance and feedback to the COHC in the following areas:

  • COHC Work Plan
  • Regional Health Improvement Plan
  • Regional Health Assessment
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of innovative initiatives, programs, services and activities

The CAC assists the COHC through the following roles and activities:

  • Serve as a conduit for residents of each geographic area in the region to ask questions and raise concerns
  • Identify opportunities to improve population health in the Central Oregon
  • Advocate for preventive care practices
  • Maximize engagement of those enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (“OHP”)
  • Provide advice to help COHC link the community’s medical and non-medical services to overcome barriers to health
  • Provide a link back to community constituents to aid in achieving the COHC Vision and Guiding Principles


Members of the CAC are recruited to represent the diversity of the Central Oregon community and may include race/ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location as criteria for selection. CAC members possess a collaborative working style, and provide expertise and insight in the areas of social services, public safety, and community resources. Individuals with a broad community perspective on health matters are preferred.

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CAC Members

Linda McCoy (Chair)
Consumer Representative

Bruce Abernethy
Bend-La Pine School District

Elaine Knobbs-Seasholtz 
Mosaic Medical

Larry Kogovsek
Consumer Representative

Nicole Rodrigues
Community Representative

Julie Rychard
Full Access

Mylum O’Shinn
Consumer Representative

Elizabeth Schmitt 
Consumer Representative

Jeffrey White
Consumer Representative

Ken Wilhelm
United Way of Deschutes County

Cris Woodard
Consumer Representative

Ex-officio members:

Thomas Kuhn
Deschutes County

Vicki Ryan
Crook County

Emily Wegener
Jefferson County