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Tayo Akins, Cascade Health Alliance CEO, stands outside the coordinated care organization’s (CCO) offices along Daggett Avenue in May 2018.

Tayo Akins, CEO of Cascade Comprehensive Care and Cascade Health Alliance, has been selected to join the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by the Oregon state Senate.

According to the State of Oregon’s website, the HECC is a 14-member commission appointed by the Oregon Governor, with nine voting members confirmed by the State Senate. The commission develops and implement policies and programs for Oregon colleges, universities workforce development initiatives and pre-college outreach programs.

It also advises the Oregon Legislature, the governor, and the chief education office on policy and funding.

Akins has been the CEO of CCC and CHA since 2015, according to a CCC press release. His term begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2023.

“I am excited for the opportunity to participate on the HECC. Lack of education is one adverse effect of social determinants of health,” Akins stated in the press release. “It is an honor to participate in working towards a more accessible and equitable higher educational system to ultimately eliminate education as a social determinant of health for our state and our region.”

Akins and the other candidates testified at the Senate Rules Committee on May 8. Akins will represent Southern Oregon on the HECC in addition to his role with CCC and CHA.

CCC manages Oregon Health Plan benefits for about 18,000 people in the county and is the parent company for CHA, the county’s coordinated care organization.