How We Do It

We engage leaders from health care, education, transportation, insurance, hospice, public health, and government to talk about health.

We listen to Medicaid members. We close the gap between patients and health care decision-makers.

We invest in projects that impact the health of Central Oregonians.

We publish data for our community members to use when deciding how best to improve their health.

RHIP Workgroups

Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP) workgroups are groups of community members, health care practitioners, and subject-matter experts. We work together to achieve the future state measures in the current (2020–2024) RHIP. Each workgroup can fund projects to achieve their five-year goals.

RHIP Workgroups

Regional Health Assessments

Every five years we research, write, and publish a Regional Health Assessment (RHA). It contains the most current data on our region’s health, including population data, disease prevalence, housing availability, and much more and is used to determine priority areas for action in the Regional Health Improvement Plan.

Regional Health Assessments

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

The mission of the Central Oregon Health Council is to create an integrated and equitable health ecosystem to improve the health of all Central Oregonians. To achieve health equity, we must address the racism and inequality stemming from biased policies and practices that were set in the past and continue to this day. For more, see COHC’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.

Quality Incentive Measures

We bring together clinics and other health care providers and public health and community partners to work on the Quality Incentive Measures established annually by the Oregon Health Authority. These measures are meant to ensure high-quality health care for patients on Medicaid or the Oregon Health Plan. Incentives can be earned by clinics and the hospital if their care exceeds the state’s goals.

Quality Incentive Measures

Pain Standards Task Force

This group seeks to lower the impact of the opioid crisis. Since 2015 they have offered free pain and opioid trainings to doctors, awarded free life-saving Naloxone to agencies, and helped write pain treatment guidelines. Visit to learn more.

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