Community Advisory Council


UHA’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) includes community members and representatives from healthcare and related organizations from across Douglas County. The CAC meets monthly to evaluate healthcare needs, issues, and strategies for increasing access and improving the delivery of services. Among the CAC’s activities are also issuing annual grants to support community programs aimed at creating a healthier Douglas County. The CAC also leads a detailed Community Health Assessment (CHA) every five years to help guide local services and inform program planning (click here for the 2018 CHA). For more information about the CAC, contact CAC Chair Jerry O’Sullivan.

CAC meetings are held the second Thursday of every month from 5:30 – 7p.m. at Umpqua Health – Newton Creek Clinic and are open to the public. Click here for CAC meeting minutes.


UHA’s CAC is accepting applications for new members. We need people like you who are willing to make a difference in elevating health and wellness in Douglas County. For more information about joining or about the CAC in general, contact Heidi Larson. Click here to download an application.

“UHA’s community health grants have greatly enriched our local community-based programs that give hope and provide a road to recovery for those who struggle in isolation with mental illness.”

– Coleen Roberts, Chadwick Clubhouse Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Douglas County Chapter

Community Health Improvement

UHA’s CAC provides annual funding for Community Health Improvement Projects aimed at creating a healthier Douglas County. Funding is granted to projects that center on increasing access to care, addictions treatment, mental health services, programs for parents and children, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Since 2016, UHA’s CAC has granted over one million dollars in funding to make possible all kinds of local community-based programs. Click here for the 2018 CHIP progress report.

Over 1 Million

Umpqua Health Alliance
Community Grant Funding 2016-2019

Community Project Highlights

“We are now entering into the 6th year of our Kickstart Douglas County program made possible by UHA, as one of our founding partners, that aids youth and adults to adopt healthier lifestyles.”

– Marisa Fink , CEO, YMCA of Douglas County

“Housing insecurity and homelessness has a big impact on health. Valiant Seed’s Tiny Home Village, which will provide local housing solutions, has begun to take root thanks to UHA. ”

– Teresa Mankin, Valiant Seed Director

“A well-balanced diet is important for good health. UHA is helping transform community health by making programs like the UC-VEG Total Health Improvement Program possible.

– Juliete Palenshus , UC-VEG Exe. Dir.

UHA’s CAC every five years works with local community partners to conduct a detailed Community Health Assessment (CHA) to help guide local services and inform program planning. The main purpose of the CHA is to assess the health status of Douglas County residents and identify key issues.

Past research, experience delivering services, and listening to community members expanded the scope of the latest CHA conducted in 2018 to include socioeconomic factors that impact health also known as Social Determinants of Health.


  • Leading causes of death include cancer, heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, alcohol-induced mortality, and suicide
  • Mental health and depression remain top concerns among residents
  • Suicide rates are alarmingly continuing to rise
  • The rate of low birthweight babies has historically been higher than the state average and is trending up
  • Poverty rates are consistently higher than the state average
  • 18% of households in Douglas County are experiencing serious housing issues
  • 25% of children lack access to nutritionally adequate food
  • Access to an adequate supply of healthcare providers remains a major issue throughout Douglas County

Click here to review the full 2018 CHA report.

Umpqua Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Council completed an updated Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in June 2019. This CHIP had four key focus areas: behavioral health, social determinants of health, families and children, and healthy lifestyles, with health equity woven into each focus area. The CHIP is based on the data gathered in the Community Health Assessment, and serves as a plan to improve the health of individuals, families and the community as a whole. To view the 2019 Community Health Improvement Plan, click here.

CHIP Funding Applications

Umpqua Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Council is now accepting applications for CHIP funding. Click here to download an application. For more information, contact Kat Cooper.


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