Sherman County eNews #252


  1. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization holds community meetings

  2. Use It or Lose It

  3. How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member

  4. Nonprofits serving Sherman County

  5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization holds community meetings 

Public invited to help shape future of local healthcare

Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) will hold community meetings in each of the 12 counties it serves. EOCCO serves Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members throughout the 12-county region.

The meetings present an opportunity to learn about community-driven health improvement efforts, and to consider shared strategies under the state’s next phase of coordinated care, known as “CCO 2.0.”

“The greatest strength of Eastern Oregon communities is collaboration. As we move into a new era of coordinated care, Eastern Oregon is uniquely positioned to raise the bar on healthcare for the individuals and families who call this region home,” said Kevin Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of EOCCO.

“We look forward to hearing from community members as we work together to build and consider new approaches to improving the healthcare system. Our commitment is better care and better health at lower costs for Eastern Oregon communities,” said Sean Jessup, EOCCO President.

Established in 2012, EOCCO serves about 50,000 members across a 50,000-square-mile service area — roughly the size of New York state.

“We’re really proud of the way the healthcare community has come together to form and support the CCO. Through these partnerships, we are rapidly becoming a nationwide model for success in rural communities,” said Robin Richardson, Chief Operating Officer and Board Chair of EOCCO.

On September 27, 2019, the Oregon Health Authority announced EOCCO’s five-year contract award as the coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan members in the following counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.

EOCCO will enter its next contract cycle on January 1, 2020. This fall, EOCCO will engage the public at meetings throughout the region.

“We believe in local decision-making and local solutions for better health in Sherman County. The EOCCO model has brought us together to achieve just that,” said Kristen Slatt, Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council Chair.

Meeting Schedule: (By Date)

Wallowa County: Thursday, October 10

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Place

303 S Lake St, Joseph, OR 97846

Gilliam County: Thursday, November 7

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall

120 S Main St, Condon, OR 97023

Grant County: Tuesday, October 15

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Grant County Regional Airport

72000 Airport Rd, John Day, OR 97845

Sherman County: Thursday, November 7

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sherman County Senior Center

300 Dewey St, Moro, OR 97039

Umatilla County: Hermiston, Thursday, October 17

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Health Care System

610 NW 11th St, Conference Room A & B Hermiston, OR 97838

Morrow County: Thursday, November 7

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sage Center

101 Olson Rd NE, Boardman, OR 97818

Umatilla County: Milton-Freewater, Friday, October 18

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Oregon Child Development Coalition

403 Peabody St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

Harney County: Tuesday, November 12

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Oregon DHS Offices

809 W Jackson, #500, Burns, OR 97720

Umatilla County: Pendleton, Friday, October 18

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Pendleton Public Library

502 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801

Lake County: Thursday, November 14

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lake District Hospital

Penn Wilbur Conference Room

700 J St, Lakeview, OR 97630

Wheeler County: Tuesday, October 29

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Isobel Edwards Hall

720 E 3rd St, Fossil, OR 97830

Union County: Friday, November 15

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Riveria Activity Center

2609 2nd St, La Grande, OR 97850

Baker County: Tuesday, November 5

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Oregon Trail Electric Company

4005 23rd St, Baker City, OR 97814

Malheur County: Tuesday, November 19

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Treasure Valley Community College

650 College Blvd, Weese Room 110

Ontario, OR 97914

The EOCCO team will hold community meetings in partnership with its affiliated Local Community Advisory Councils in each county. For more information about the upcoming meetings, please contact EOCCO at 541-298-2101 or visit

2. Use It or Lose It

Most people are familiar with the phrase, “use it or lose it,” which is usually said about muscle power. But scientists who are studying how the brain works have made some discoveries indicating that this saying holds true for our mental capacities as well.

They have discovered something about mastering difficult tasks that is very interesting. They have found that the better you get at doing something difficult, the less brainpower it takes. The brain is creating new pathways, and the more often the new task is accomplished, the more substantial the neural pathway becomes. Once this pathway is established, the messages travel faster and less energy is needed to move them along.

Now, in some ways this seems to contradict common sense. For instance, if you asked a runner to leap over obstacles in addition to increasing speed, he or she would obviously have to expend more energy.

However, the brain apparently works in the opposite way, using less fuel as it becomes more accomplished and as challenges are increased. Now, the relationship between practice and performance has always been obvious to musicians who know that it gets easier and easier to do more complex things, as you become a better player. (“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice. Practice. Practice!”)

We know that the same principle holds true for all of us. That is why it is so important to hang in there in the early stages of learning a new skill, even if you feel awkward and frustrated. If you do, the payoff will be there for you down the road and it will get a whole lot easier.

So, what new skill have you been putting off? How about giving it another try? Remember, there can be great fun in learning if you believe there can be. ~The Pacific Institute

3. How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member

Good Board Members

“Good” = desirable; more than adequate; leadership material

FOCUS on strengthening the nonprofit

“Your role as a trustee has two aspects: fiduciary and supportive. As a representative of the public at large you have a fiduciary obligation to watch out for the public interest. Your supportive role is to help make the organization work, to assist it in achieving its mission.” –Fisher Howe, in Welcome to the Board.

While some people assert that nonprofits should be more “business-like,” good board members recognize that in many ways nonprofits are more similar to the government sector than the business sector, in that each involves public service for the common good. Consider: Board = Legislative branch The nonprofit board is like the legislative branch in that it: sets the general direction and broad policies, but normally does not directly execute that policy adopts the budget and ensures there are sufficient resources to meet the nonprofit’s needs.

Executive Director and Staff = Executive branch. The general rule is that “the directors oversee, but do not directly engage in the corporation’s day-to-day operations.”~ABA Guidebook. “Boards and board members perform best when they exercise their responsibilities primarily by asking good and timely questions rather than by ‘running’ programs or implementing their own policies.

Board/staff relationships are what they should be when mutual expectations are agreed upon and issues and responsibilities are clearly defined.” ~Richard Ingram, in Ten Basic Responsibilities of N­onprofit Boards

Donors & Volunteers = Judicial branch: Just as the judicial branch provides independent oversight to the other branches, donors and volunteers provide informal oversight of nonprofit organizations, because if a nonprofit is not doing its job correctly, donors and volunteers will “rule against” the nonprofit by stopping their support. © 2009 National Council of Nonprofits. All rights reserved.

Great Board Members

“Great” = outstanding; sainthood material

FOCUS on strengthening the community

Great board members do not start out “great.” Rather, they travel along a continuum, picking up and mastering certain skills, including those of OK board members (in that they know and meet their fiduciary duties) and good board members (in that they have mastered their supportive roles of serving others within the organization). After mastering these phases, great board members emerge by having a broader perspective than self or even the nonprofit: they develop a vision that links the nonprofit to the broader nonprofit sector and act to serve, strengthen, and transform the entire community. Indeed, great board members are “community trustees.”

“Community trusteeship involves holding the community in trust by serving others and working for the common good.” –Tim Delaney

  • Holding the Community in Trust. The Relay Race of Life. “Being a trustholder of the community means serving as would a good steward. The good steward views the community as a gift from previous generations, but a gift with strings attached. One is obligated to pass the gift to future generations in a better state than that in which it was received…. The community is both our inheritance and our legacy.” ~National Association of Community Leadership, Taking Leadership to Heart (1996)
  • Being a Servant-Leader. “The servant-leader is servant first…. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve…first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. [This] is sharply different from the person who is leader first… for [this person] it will be a later choice to serve — after leadership is established…. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” ~Robert Greenleaf, in The Servant as Leader.
  • Working for the Common Good. “Voluntary action on behalf of the common good is the inherited legacy of every American….” ~Katherine Tyler Scott, in Creating Caring & Capable Boards

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” ~John F. Kennedy.

Self-Evaluation – Board Members: Strengthening Your Abilities.

  • Are you in alignment with the nonprofit? Within the last year have you actively reflected on your connection with the nonprofit and recommitted yourself?
  • Are you meeting your personal legal duties? Duty of Care: Do you know the nonprofit’s mission – and apply it routinely in all board and committee matters? What continuing education/special training regarding nonprofits have you received in the last year? Duty of Loyalty: Do you know the nonprofit’s: Code of ethics? Conflict of interest policy? Duty of Obedience: Sure, your nonprofit involves a noble cause, but does the nonprofit have assurances that it is complying with applicable laws? A meaningful orientation and training program? A system to assist with ethical decision-making?
  • Are you meeting your broader fiduciary obligations? Time: During the last year, how many board meetings have been held and how many have you missed? Committee meetings? Treasure: During the last year, have you: Donated to the organization? Raised money for the organization? Talent: During the last year, what special talent have you shared and applied through the nonprofit?
  • Strengthening the nonprofit. When was the last time that the nonprofit conducted an ethics audit? Consider having an “ethics assessment/organizational review/accountability audit/public trust review” to ensure that the organization merits the public’s trust. After the ethics audit is completed, follow through on any corrective recommendations to continue to strengthen the organization.
  • Strengthening the Community. What can you do to help the entire nonprofit sector and the broader community? The acts of a few uninformed nonprofits can poison the well from which all nonprofits drink. All nonprofits should work together to ensure that everyone is earning the public’s trust. Recognize that maintaining public trust is a survival issue for the individual nonprofit and the nonprofit sector as a whole. o Additionally, coming together to share information and buying power could strengthen the sector and its individual members. Nonprofits will be strengthened and serve the community better when they come together to join their voices such as through their State Association. Everyone in the nonprofit sector should view it as their obligation/opportunity to serve as a “community trustee.”

4. Nonprofits serving Sherman County | Secretary of State

  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  • Sherman County Child Care Foundation, ABC Huskies Day Care
  • Sherman County Education Foundation
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  • Sherman County 4-H Association
  • Sherman County Preschool
  • Sherman County Booster Club
  • Sherman County Development League
  • Sherman County Experiment Station Foundation
  • North Central Livestock Association
  • Little Wheats Daycare
  • Community Presbyterian Church of Moro
  • Kent Baptist Church
  • Saint Mary Catholic Church of Wasco
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church
  • The Baptist Church at Rufus
  • 1st Baptist Church of Grass Valley
  • United Methodist Church, Wasco
  • Wasco Church of Christ
  • Wasco Cemetery Association
  • Emigrant Springs Cemetery Association
  • Rose Hill Cemetery Association
  • ………And two local government entities that operate somewhat independently:
  • Grass Valley Pavilion
  • Wasco School Events Center.

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