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The Community Health Centers Board and Benton County Board of Commissioners last month selected Carla Jones to serve as the director of the Community Health Centers for Linn and Benton counties.

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“Carla has exhibited many great qualities in her role as interim director and I am confident she is the right leader for our Community Health Centers,” Joe Kerby, Benton County administrator, said in a news release. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and I believe her vision, energy and leadership qualities will be a great asset for the department and our organization.”

A lifelong Oregonian, Jones resides in Philomath with her family. She is a graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis and holds a bachelor of arts degree.

Since March 2020, Jones has been serving as the CHC’s interim director. Prior to her role as interim director, Jones joined the county in April 2019 as the quality and analytics manager before she was promoted to CHC’s deputy director of operations in July 2020.

In addition to her current experience at the CHC, Jones has 15 years of experience with Samaritan Health Services as a manager in reimbursement, contracting, credentialing, compliance and government programs.

In the new position, Jones said she hopes to continue to lead care teams and health center employees to provide responsive, high quality and team-based primary care, behavioral health and dental services. While the Community Health Centers offer care to anyone in the community, they are uniquely able to focus on addressing the intersection of complex health, wellness and social needs.