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Central Oregon Research Coalition

Charter draft

Article I – Name & Description

The Central Oregon Research Coalition (CORC) is a community-university collaborative designed to support research best practices in Central Oregon for optimized health outcomes.

Article II – Mission & Vision

(Established by the executive committee May 2014)

The mission of CORC is to create sustained community and academic partnerships for health related research in Central Oregon.

The vision of CORC is to increase funding and opportunities for innovative research to improve health outcomes in Central Oregon.
Article III – Participation & Purpose

The Central Oregon Research Coalition (CORC):

  • is made up of community stakeholders that are part of an effort toward improving the health and wellbeing of Central Oregonians through research and data driven decision making.

  • members include academic researchers, community members, health system administrators, clinicians, government officials, community organization and business leaders that shape and influence programs and policy in the region.

  • supports the development of research best practices and a network that builds regional capacity for grant funded research

  • identifies existing research strengths in Central Oregon in order to build collaborations locally and beyond Central Oregon

  • employs a Community Liaison who

    • plays a key role in ongoing coordination, progress and communication of the coalition’s efforts; arranges CORC meetings and events

    • provides consultations and makes applicable connections to research expertise and services to assist community members plan and implement research projects

    • informs the community about funding opportunities, educational resources and workshops

Article III- Leadership Structure
The CORC Steering Committee is comprised of a cross-sector of community stakeholders who are committed to fostering the vision of CORC by actively engaging in the planning and work of the coalition.
Responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:

    • Utilizing data collected by the liaison’s needs and gaps assessment as well as stakeholder input to inform CORC’s direction and strategy

    • Developing and approving priorities for CORC support and activities in the region

    • Advising on evaluation criteria to determine CORC success

    • Sharing best practices and knowledge

Steering Committee guiding principles:

  • CORC members are respected and trusted

  • Shared Decision Making: no one organization overpowers the decisions made in the coalition. Various perspectives, organizations and sources of information are considered as decisions are made.

  • CORC Communication is consistent, purposeful and effective.

  • Work plans incorporate a clear sense of expected outcomes, methods to reach those outcomes, responsibilities and timelines.

  • Operate in a way that maximizes the effective and efficient use of resources, members’ time and expertise

The Steering Committee provides leadership by:

    • Making connections between the working groups of the coalition

    • Serving as champions in communicating the efforts of the coalition to the community

Steering Committee members commit to an active role by:

  • Participating in-person at Steering Committee meetings 4-times a year (minimum 3)

  • Committing to a year-long membership on the Steering Committee

  • Responding to CORC related communication in a timely manner

Article IV General Membership Structure
Coalition Participant/ Member Responsibilities

  • Committees: Coalition Members agree to actively participate in committee work, and are expected to volunteer their services for Coalition projects.

    • The standing committees of the Coalition are: TBD

    • Committees are chaired by Active Participants, chosen by the majority of Coalition members.

Article VMeetings

Steering Committee Meetings (4x year)
General Membership Meetings (?)

Article VI –Procedural Policies
1. Conflicts
No one may profit financially from membership in the Coalition by sales or solicitation at meetings or workshops. Participants will disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest to the membership or other designee.
2. Decision Making
In the spirit of the CORC vision, all Coalition business shall be conducted based on the philosophy of mutual respect. Simple majority rules will apply. Coalition members are entitled to one vote per member.
3. Voting
Voting on the business of the Coalition may be conducted by those in attendance at the meeting either in person or by teleconference. Proxy voting via email is permissible.

Member Signature & Date


Erin Solomon


963 SW Simpson Avenue, #100

Bend, OR 97702

office: 541-728-0665 cell: 541-815-3528

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