November 19, 2020 | CCO 2.0: Maintaining Crucial Community Investments During Crisis

Across the state, Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations have taken diverse approaches to investment in and integration of community services like oral and behavioral health health, housing, and culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and recent wildfires add new urgency and resource challenges to this work. Hear CCO leaders, policymakers and clinicians share innovative approaches to address the front-line challenge of caring for the Medicaid population in challenging circumstances.

Representative Andrea Salinas, Oregon State Representative District 3,

For more than 20 years, Representative Andrea Salinas has worked on the front lines of politics to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors and the environment. Andrea first served as an intern to Senator Dianne Feinstein in her San Francisco district office, then as legislative staff to Senator Harry Reid, as tax and trade policy advisor to Congressman Pete Stark and finally as a district aide to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Prior to becoming a legislator, Andrea worked as an advocate in Salem to help provide Oregon families with a fair shot by increasing the minimum wage, fighting climate change, and providing comprehensive reproductive health care coverage to all Oregon women. Andrea was appointed to the legislature in September 2017 and won her first election in 2018. Since that time, she has been working to lower the price of prescription drugs, prevent bankruptcy from medical debt, increase the legal remedies for victims of strangulation, and improve sexual harassment investigations in K-12 schools. Andrea quickly assumed leadership roles in the legislature where she serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, Chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health, Co-Chair of the Oregon Complete Count Committee, and Assistant Majority Leader. In addition, Andrea serves on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services, the House Committee on Energy & Environment, the Willamette Falls Locks Commission, and the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board. Andrea earned her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris, daughter Amelia and labradoodle Cooper.

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Richard Williams, MD,
Richard Williams has provided primary care for 24 years at Mountainview Family Practice, an independently owned group practice in Grants Pass, OR. He has been an Affiliate Instructor, Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU since 2005, has served as Chief of Staff at Three Rivers Medical Center, and currently act as Chair of the Peer Review Committee there. Richard served on the Board at AllCare Health for 14 of the last 20 years, including 5 years as Board Chair.

Richard Williams can be reached at


Representative Pam Marsh, Oregon State Representative District 5,
Pam Marsh was first elected to House District 5 in southern Oregon in November 2016 and reelected to a second term in 2018. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Revenue, Co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, and as a member of the House Committee on Economic Development, the House Committee on Housing, and the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology. She is a member of the State Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) and the Oregon Retirement Savings Board. Her membership on OBAC and experience managing a business in a rural area has motivated Pam’s efforts to close the digital divide and provide internet access to all Oregonians.

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Marko Vujicic, PHD,
Marko Vujicic currently serves as Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. Previously, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he focused on health systems reform in developing countries and directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In all of these roles, Dr. Vujicic led large-scale strategic initiatives focused on bringing cutting edge data and research to specific health policy challenges. Dr. Vujicic has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, and Medical Care. He is also the lead author of the book, Working in Health, which examines health workforce challenges globally and has written several book chapters on health care policy issues. His team’s work has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, NOVA, and The Atlantic. He has been invited to provide testimony to federal and state legislative committees. Dr. Vujicic holds several academic appointments. He is adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty at the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, University of Chicago as well as the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University. Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.

Marko Vujicic can be reached at

Amit Shah, MD
Dr. Shah is currently Chief Medical Officer at Care Oregon. He previously served as Senior Medical Director of Network Services at CareOregon specifically working on clinical informatics and clinical system redesign. Previously, he was the Medical Director of Multnomah County Health Department.  Dr. Shah received his medical training at the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a Family Medicine residency at the Northern New Mexico Family Practice Program and is certified in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He attended the University of Rochester where he received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and received his Oregon State Medical License in June 2000. Dr. Shah has also been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1994.

Dr. Amit Shah can be reached at

Kristina Espinoza, Q-MHI
I have lived in Southern Oregon for most of my life and have worked in healthcare for the past 15 years. Being bilingual, I have always assisted in interpretation and translation in the medical field. Growing up in the Rogue Valley, I got to see firsthand the needs and issues that fellow Hispanics experience. I love being able to help and am very grateful to be able to work at AllCare Health as a Language Access Coordinator. As a Qualified Medical Interpreter in the State of Oregon, I also work as a translator. As the Language Access Coordinator, I am able to provide language resources, educational materials and support to LEP’s in southern Oregon, in addition to local medical offices and organizations. I love being able to work for a place like AllCare where we care not only for our members but for our entire community. The Language Access Coordinator serves to address, consistent with the core objectives of the federally assisted programs or activities, the specific language needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) beneficiaries which operate as artificial barriers to full and meaningful participation in federally assisted program’s or activities. Additionally, the role coordinates oral and/or written communications to assist AllCare Health in communicating with beneficiaries and members of the public that are not fluent in English.

Kristina Espinoza can be reached at

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