PORTLAND, Ore. (1/25/16)--An Oregon-based credit union leader recently played a prominent role at the 2015 Oregon Leadership Summit because of her expertise in the health care industry, leading to valuable awareness for the credit union movement among the statewide business community.
Gayle Evans, vice president of human resources for Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore., worked in the health care industry for years prior to joining the credit union. She also served on a number of related bodies, including the Oregon Business Association’s Health Policy Committee and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s board of directors (Anthem Jan. 5).
That experience landed her on a panel with leading health care experts in the state during the summit to discuss the future of health care in Oregon. Part of her remarks centered on driving down the cost of health care in the state.
“We’ve made a lot of headway in terms of getting more people insured,” Evans said during the panel discussion (Anthem). “Public health and social determinants of health, like education and poverty, impact the health of Oregonians more so than a single employer’s wellness plan. So we all agreed that if the state could do more to support education and health parity and other drivers of the cost of care, we could really make a difference.”
Beyond the issue of health care, Evans also spoke about how credit unions and their leaders should deepen their relationships with the overall business community in the state.
“Credit unions are a big part of the business community, and it is imperative that we get involved,” she said, adding, “Reach out and offer to be involved. Don’t hold yourself back because you don’t think you’re an expert on something. You can learn as you go, and that level of commitment and involvement is appreciated.”