Health Care For All Oregon Update:  HCAO Annual Membership Meeting

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This past Saturday in Corvallis, Health Care for All Oregon held its Annual Meeting & Conference. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Our Success, Building for the Future,” resonated strongly with participants celebrating 23 years of working for an equitably financed healthcare system. If you weren’t able to join us, check out the links in the info below:


Chunhuei Chi is a professor at the Oregon State University College of Health and affiliated with its Health Management and Policy Program and Global Health Program. Chunhuei has helped promote universal health care in Oregon and the United States. He testified three times before the Oregon Legislature to support universal health care in the state. He also contributed to establishing Taiwan’s universal health care system and continues to serve as a policy advisor and give workshops in Taiwan. He continues to research the universal health care systems of Chile, South Korea, and Taiwan. He published peer-reviewed papers focused on community ownership and health governance, equity in health, health care, and the financial burden of health care in Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, and Taiwan.

Panel Discussions

During the session titled “We Have a Lot to Say: How to Talk About Healthcare and Engage More Oregonians in Our Work”, new polling results were released by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. These findings provided valuable insights into public opinion on healthcare issues, highlighting key areas where advocacy efforts can be more effectively targeted to engage and mobilize the community.

Halting the Hostile Takeover of Healthcare and Our Lives” delved into the increasing corporatization of healthcare and other aspects of our lives with strategies to resist and counteract these trends. David Dayen, Executive Editor of The American Prospect and author of Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power joined our panel discussion-click here to view!

Awards Ceremony

HCAO recognized outstanding contributions to healthcare advocacy with our “You Rock” Awards. This years recipients were:

-Dr. Mike Huntington: For his decades of work advocating for a simplified, equitable, and affordable health care system.

-Hayden Rooke-Ley: HCAO Legislative Chair for spearheading the Corporate Practice of Medicine bill through the 2023 legislative session.

-Karen Baker: HCAO Clackamas County Chair for her “all hands on deck” approach to our work.

Looking Ahead

The success of this year’s HCAO annual meeting sets a high bar for future events. Attendees left feeling inspired and equipped with new knowledge to drive positive change. HCAO is poised to build on its 23 year history of driving health care transformation with YOU-together we can build the simplified, equitable, and affordable healthcare system we all deserve!

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