The committees of Health Care for All Oregon invite you to join in setting the direction of the movement by participating in a Committee. We are very interested in increasing representation from all regions of the state on all committees.
Meetings are often held by conference or video conference call. If you wish to serve on a committees, please contact a Committee Chair listed below or complete the Volunteer Form.
The Communications Committee:
Raises awareness of our HCAO mission and campaign through a variety of media
Develops messaging and marketing strategies to advance our purpose with focus on:
Health care is a human right (moral argument)
Health care is a public good (civic argument)
Universal publicly-funded health care is good for the economy (economic argument)
The purpose of the HCAO Health Equity Committee is to increase public awareness and eliminate cultural barriers by educating communities and health providers about cultural health inequity and how it negatively impacts the public, individuals, and families health status, especially among people of color and immigrant populations. We will achieve this purpose by:
Conducting culturally specific health equity workshops.
Performing statewide quarterly presentations on health inequity outcomes.
Promoting legislative advocacy via HCAO principles of equity.
Attending conventions/symposiums on locally held health equity events.
Conducting health equity workshop training sessions.
Establishing partnership with HCAO’s culturally specific coalitions and community-based organizations.
The Finance Committee:
Develops and proposes the annual budget,
Develops a fundraising plan and oversees its implementation,
Coordinates and consults with other committees, as needed.
Anyone interested in serving on the Finance Committee
Tom Sincic, HCAO President
The Legislative Committee is responsible for formulating legislation and legislative strategy to secure publicly-funded health care for everyone in Oregon and ultimately the United States. The committee works with the HCAO Board and all internal committees to coordinate with our member organizations, including HCAO chapters, throughout the state to develop effective campaigns to carry out the legislative strategy, both in the legislature and through citizen legislation in the form of resolutions, ballot referrals, or initiatives.
The Legislative Committee:
Creates a legislative plan to create constituent and public pressure across districts in the state,
Supports internal and external understanding of legislative strategies and campaigns,
Formulates HCAO responses to relevant policy debates, in Oregon and nationally, so that HCAO deepens internal and public understanding with clear and effective messages, and
Politically unifies the HCAO Coalition and all its members to change laws in order to create a publicly-funded health care system that is universally inclusive, equitable, accountable, transparent, participatory, and for the public good.
The Membership Committee:
Recruits new organizations into HCAO,
Provides support to member organizations,
Assesses the capacity of member organizations,
Acts as a liaison between member organizations and other committees,
Lou Sinniger, Chair
The Mobilization Committee is responsible for developing the strategies, tools, and resources needed to engage, educate, and mobilize Oregonians in our Health Care is a Human Right movement.
The Mobilization Committee:
Develops proposals for actions and projects to build the power of our grassroots base
Identifies, trains and supports leaders statewide
Supports development of new and existing chapters
Coordinates communication between chapters
Coordinate volunteer recruitment and placemen
Coordinates Tabling activities
Lee Mercer, Chair
National Strategy Committee
The National Strategy Committee is responsible for promoting National Medicare for All for everyone in the United States, by working here in Oregon.
The National Strategy Committee:
Educates the Oregon public about the benefits of a universal system.
Has a postcard campaign and organizes turn outs at town halls for congress members who have not yet signed on to a bill.
Thanks, supports, and works with Oregon congress members who have signed on to one of the bills.
Supports and endorses other national bills that help us get to publicly-funded health care for everyone in Oregon and the United States.
Debby Schwartz, Chair
Nominations and Elections Committee
The Nominations and Elections Committee (as defined in the HCAO bylaws):
Conducts extensive recruitment process among member organizations,
Proposes nominees for officer, board and Nominations and Election committee members,
Wes Brain, Contact