Health Share COO honored as 2016 Mental Health Hero

Posted: 5/12/2016 | Health Share of Oregon | by Healthshare

(Portland, OR) – Deborah Friedman, Chief Operating Officer for Health Share of Oregon, will be honored on May 12, 2016, as a Mental Health Hero for Trillium Family Services’ annual “Keep Oregon Well” celebration.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion Trillium Family Services hosts the annual “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Hero Awards – a 31-day multi-media celebration of people, nonprofits, community groups and business leaders who have helped pave the way for mental and behavioral health care to thrive in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

In 2013, Ms. Friedman was appointed as Health Share’s Behavioral Health Director, following eight years as the Clackamas Mental Health Organization Director. She brought that experience to Health Share to begin working toward a regional system of care for behavioral health, one in which mental health and substance use disorder services are administered with standardized care management throughout the Tri-County Metro area. Ms. Friedman continues to support the work of integrating behavioral and physical health care in her current role as Chief Operating Officer. 

Throughout the month, Trillium honors one Mental Health Hero each day – 31 in all. Ms. Friedman will be honored Thursday, May 12. Heroes are narrowed down from hundreds of nominees and selected by a committee made up of previous award winners, community members and industry leaders. In the end, the goal is to showcase Oregon’s rich history, highlight the diversity of experience, and honor those who have bravely paved the way for mental and behavioral health care and awareness in our state.

More information about Trillium’s “Keep Oregon Well” campaign, as well as a full list of Heroes can be found online at

About Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state’s largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving more than 240,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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