New openings on ABC: Public Health

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Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County.

New ABC openings from the past week include:

  • Public Health Advisory Council: This council was recently recognized as an official advisory council to the Board of County Commissioners. The PHAC provides a sounding board and a community voice in the review and revision of public health programs, strategies and goals. The PHAC assures a needed link to community input into implementing the Community Health Improvement Plan/Blueprint for a Healthy Clackamas County and in assuring alignment with standards addressing community partnerships.

The purpose of the council is to advise the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners on issues related to public health.  PHAC will work to be a forum for discussion of population health issues that impact Clackamas County residents. Some of the functions of the PHAC include:

  • Advise the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners and Public Health staff in the development of activities, strategies and priorities to achieve community health improvement goals.
  • Review and develop reports, planning documents and publications. Make funding and policy recommendations to assure alignment with public health goals and standards.
  • Link public health programs and services to the broad cross-section of populations throughout the county.
  • Promote public health initiatives and activities. Participate in community education and engagement.
  • Deliberate as an ethics committee. Review and discuss community-based public health ethics issues occurring within the county.
  • Advocate for policy and system changes that improve the health of communities in Clackamas County. Optional activities could include providing oral or written testimony, helping to identify coalitions of support for health policy, and participating in legislative activities.

Proactive recruitment is now underway to solicit 16 members from high priority geographic areas, priority populations, and a variety of industries within the county. Individuals representing priority populations and Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are encouraged to apply.

Representation on the Council will be made up of the following:

  • (Minimum 1 position) the business community,
  • (Minimum 4 positions: 2 rural, 2 urban) residents/community members: suburban, rural
  • (Minimum 1 position) food/nutrition,
  • (Minimum 1 position) healthcare organization(s),
  • (Minimum 1 position) community based organization(s), CBO
  • (Minimum 1 position) government agency(ies)
  • (Minimum 1 position) schools/education and;
  • (Minimum 1 position) youth/students.

PHAC members will serve 3-year staggered membership terms, for a maximum of two terms or six years.

This council meets for a minimum six times a year, the first Monday of each even numbered month; February, April, June, August, October, December, for a minimum of 90 minutes at various locations within Clackamas County or via Zoom.  Considerations will be made regarding the environmental impact on how and where meetings are conducted.  At least one of these six meetings will be an ethics deliberation. Members shall attend a minimum of four meetings during a calendar year.

Application deadline is January 18.  For more information, contact Susan Berns-Norman at or 503-936-2415. 

Individuals interested in this opportunity can apply online at or via a paper form that can be obtained from the Public & Government Affairs Department by calling 503-655-8751 or in person at the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.