Willamette Care Connects (MVBHC) Mid-May Update

May 16, 2024

Lots of exciting bright spots here in the valley this week! It was fantastic to see so many of you at the Oregon Talent Summit, hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Oregon Workforce Talent and Development Board. Attached is the latest 2024 Talent Assessment featuring healthcare sector analysis and recommendations.

Thank you to Cheryl Cohen (Pacific Source), Lisa Parks (Willamette Health Council), Anthony Veliz (PODER), Ryan Daven (New Perspectives), and Shaunah Steele (Chemeketa Community College) for your presentations at the May General Meeting. In case you missed the meeting please find the zoom recording here. Please note, the AI notes are not correct, so you will need to review the recorded meeting for accuracy. Attached are Cheryl, Lisa, and Ryan’s power point presentations….and the flier to register for the CADC Training for Licensed Clinicians that will be offered by Chemeketa Community College and sponsored by WWP. Finally, OSU offers free CEUs supporting the consortium’s prioritzed training around building workplace inclusivity.

Bright Spots:

In addition to the Oregon Talent Summit, Willamette Valley Medical Center held a celebration today honoring 120 years of patient care in the valley. As a member of the consortium, WVMC has beds dedicated to Senior Behavioral Health needs. It was inspiring to hear Rosemari Davis, former CEO, describe the collaboration between the medical community, community partners, and hospital administration and the commitment to leaning into moments that matter to deliver high quality patient care.

In Linn County, Samaritan Health, Linn Benton Community College, and OHSU Regional Area Health Education Center brought together over 130 students from 9 area high schools for 7 workshops for the inaugural Regional Healthcare Career Exploration Fair. Consortium member Deron Fort did a tremendous job keeping partners informed, coordinated, and connected for a successful event for area youth.
Finally, a huge thank you to Katie Castillo and the team at Chemeketa Community College for completing the “Faces of Health” videos. They’ve started a digital campaign through social media, including FacebookLinkedin, and Instagram. These are also available for downloading on WWP You Tube Channel for partners to share through their websites and other avenues.

Up Next: Consortium Workgroups

The agendas are attached to the calendar invites for next week’s workgroup meetings. Monday’s Education and Career Pathway will feature discussion of www.oregonbehavioralhealth.com which the Oregon Workforce Partnership launched to help support our work.

Wednesday’s Recruitment and Retention workgroup will feature further discussion of upcoming trainings that support worksite wellness and resiliency.

If you have partners to bring into the consortium or bright spots to share….I’d love to feature them in the next update.