HCAO Honoree Mitch Greenlick
A Leader for Health Care as a Human Right
Representative Mitch Greenlick serves on the House Committee on Health Care, a committee he has chaired or co-chaired since 2007.
In 2008 Representative Greenlick introduced HJR 100 proposing an amendment to the Oregon Constitution:
“The people of Oregon find that health care is an essential safeguard to human life and dignity and that access to health care is a fundamental right."
During the 2009 session Rep. Greenlick led the successful effort to create the structure designed to reform Oregon’s health care system, by guiding HB 2009 and HB 2116. Those bills created the Oregon Health Authority, consolidating all of the health and health care functions into a single agency and expanded health insurance options to every child in Oregon. During the 2011 session he helped create the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange (SB99) and guided the development of the Oregon Health Care Transformation process (HB3650). During 2013 he worked on the continuing development of Transformation and of the health insurance exchange. During 2015 he guided the passage of HB 3100, the Public Health System Modernization bill.
Mitch received his Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization. He was the founding director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and was Vice President for Research, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for more than 30 years. He retired from KP in 1995. In addition to his duties as a legislator, Mitch is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School of OHSU.
Mitch was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 1971. In 1995 he was awarded the Presidential Award by the Association for Health Services Research (now Academy Health) for his lifetime achievements in health services research. He was a fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University for the 1995 academic year and returned for the fall semester of 2013. In 2005 he was awarded the “Public Health Genius” award by the Oregon Public Health Institute, and the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Oregon Public Health Association. He has published more than 200 books, articles and papers, including Managing Research: The Cat-Herd’s Toolkit published in 2012. He has a new book out, Capitol Letters: An inside view of the legislative process.