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What is the Health Partnership?

Health improvement is both an individual and health system activity. The health of the Harney County CHIP area residents will be determined by these factors:

  • Individual health behaviors and lifestyles, combined with
  • The availability and accessibility of the appropriate health resources.

The Health Partnership will identify issues, develop alternative solutions, and look at social and economic impacts of the alternatives.

The partnership involves residents of the Harney County CHIP area in creating strategies to improve overall health and answer issues facing health care services. It is about people becoming involved in health policy decisions.

Goals of the Partnership 

The Partnership has six interrelated goals:

  1. Improve the health status of the Harney County CHIP area residents.
  2. Involve as many people as possible in the decision-making process.
  3. Expand awareness of the health system’s resources and of issues facing health care delivery.
  4. Develop local leadership through training and experience in decision-making.
  5. Support the creation of projects and programs to meet identified community needs.
  6. Educate residents about the role health care plays in economic development.

Community Health Improvement Partnership is a unique process involving the Harney County CHIP area residents in developing ways to improve local health care for our community. It is about people becoming involved in health policy decisions both as individuals and as concerned community members.

Through a shared commitment, Harney District Hospital and OHSU’s Oregon Office of Rural Health and Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network are sponsoring a health improvement project. The health system wants to know what is important to those it expects to serve.

Everyone in our community has something to contribute to the discussion of local health care. You and your organization can be part of the Community Health Improvement Partnership!

Contact the Harney County CHIP Coordinator

Cody Hodges
Phone: (541) 573-4184
Fax: (541) 573-8627
557 W Washington St.
Burns, OR 97720

If you would like more information on the CHIP process, please contact Meredith Guardino, Director of Field Services | | (503) 494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.


 Sept. 9, 2009

Committee Meetings

  • Cancer Issues Committee
    2nd & 4th Monday @ 10am

  • Healthy Lifestyles Committee
    1st & 3rd Thursday @ 10 am

  • Prevention Services Committee
    1st & 3rd Thursday @ 11am

  • Provider Recruitment/Retention Committee
    1st & 3rd Thursday @ 12pm

Harney County CHIP Team

 Mary Ausmus
Carolyn Bauer
Dr. Matt Bauer
Joe Bradach
Steve Bull
Jennifer Bush
Richard Day (Chair)
Steven E. Grasty
Vicki Keeney
Cheryl Keniston
Don Munkers
Stacie Rothwell
Sonni Svejcar
Len Vohs
Ron Wassom
Bill Wilber