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Mitch Greenlick's Biography


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Full Name:

Merwyn 'Mitch' R. Greenlick




Wife: Harriet; 3 Children: Phyllis, Michael, Vicki

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Detroit, MI

Home City:

Portland, OR



PhD, Medical Care Organization, University of Michigan, 1967

MS, Pharmacy Administration, Wayne State University, 1961

BS, Pharmacy, Wayne State University, 1957

Former Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, 2003-2020

Candidate, Oregon State House of Representatives, District 33, 2018

Former Chair, Conduct Committee, Oregon State House of Representatives

Former Member, Conference Committee on SB 64, Oregon State House of Representatives

Former Chair, Health Care Committee, Oregon State House of Representatives

Former Co-Chair, Health Insurance Transition Committee, Oregon State House of Representatives

Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine Oregon Health & Science University, 2002-present

Adjunct Professor, Sociology and Social Work, Portland State University

Professor/Chair, Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University, 1990-2000

Consultant, United States District Court, Portland, Oregon, 1996

Director and Vice President, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, 1965-1995

Director, Metropolitan Public Defenders Board of Directors, 2009-present

Director, Oregon Translation Research and Development Institute Board of Directors, 2009-present

Member, Oregon Health Policy Commission, 2006-present

Member, Skyline Grange, 2005-present

Member/Director, Oregon Health Policy Institute, 2004-present

Board Member, Child Act, 2003-present

Board Member, New Health Foundation, 1999-present

Member, Academy Health, 1995-present

Founding Board Member/Fellow, Academy Health (formerly Association for Health Services Research), 1974-present

Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academies, 1971-present

Member, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, 1971-present

Life Member, Oregon Public Health Association, 1970-present

Life Member, American Public Health Association, 1963-present

Board Member, ChildAID, present

Board Member, External Advisory Board, College of Pharmacy, present

Advisory Committee Member, Maimonides Society of Portland, present

Member, Oregon Pain Management Commission, present

Trustee, Virginia Garcia Memorial Clinic Foundation, present

Member, Board of Directors, Portland Jewish Federation

Member, Governor's Commission on Health Care for the Uninsured

Consultant, Governor's Health Manpower Council

Member, Intel Health Advisory Committee

Former President, Jewish Education Association of Portland

Director, Jewish Family and Children Service Board of Directors

Member, Multnomah County Primary Prevention Advisory Committee

Member, Study Committee on Health Delivery System, Governor's Comprehensive Health Planning Council

Member, Washington County Community Action Organization

Founder, Washington County Head Start Program

Director, Board of Directors, Northwest Health Foundation, 1998-2009

Director, Child Aid Board of Directors, 2003-2009

Board Member, Northwest Health Foundation, 1998-2009

Trustee, Northwest Health Foundation, 1998-2008

Board Member, Friends of Public Health, 1998-2003

Board Member, Jewish Family and Child Services, 1999-2003


In 1995 he was awarded the Presidential Award by the Association for Health Services Research (now Academy Health) for his life-time achievements in health services research. In 2005 he was awarded the "Public Health Genius" award by the Community Health Partnership and the "Lifetime Achievement" award by the Oregon Public Health Association. He has published more than 200 books, articles and papers. Association for Health Services Research, President's Award, 1994, Distinguished
Fellow, 1996
Public Health Genius Award, Oregon Community Health Partners 2005
Distinguished Alumnus, Wayne State University, 1997
Delta Omega Honorary (Public Health), 1964
General University Scholar, (University of Michigan), l962
Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary (Leadership), 1957
Mackenzie Honor Society, Wayne State University, 1956
National Academy of Social Insurance, 1994
Medicare Reform Steering Committee, 1995-2000
Rho Chi Honorary (Pharmaceutical), 1956
Who's Who in America
Men and Women of Science
Commencement Speaker, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1997
Public Health Genius Award (2005) -- Community Health Partnership;
Justice for All Award -- Northwest Examiner.
2009 Oregon Nurses Association Friend of Nursing Award
2010 McCoy Award, Multnomah County Democrats
2011 Health Center Hero Award, Oregon Primary Care Association

Date of Wedding Anniversary:

August 19, 1956.

Favorite Book:

Contemporary Novels and Mysteries.

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Favorite Hobby, things that teach him new skills

Names of Grandchildren:

James, Megan, Jessica, Hannah, Elizabeth.

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

I want to give you five reasons why I am running for State Representative...

These are my grandchildren.

When I came to Oregon 36 years ago, I found a state rich in natural beauty and independent of spirit ... A state full of hope and promise for the future.

I serve as District 33 State Represetnative in the Oregon House because I believe I can make a positive difference for the future of Oregon.

I'm not here to become a career politician. I've helped governments around the world set up health care systems. At the same time I was teaching students here about preventive medicine. I've developed programs like Head Start and the Virginia Garcia Clinic, and I serve on the Oregon Environmental Council's Health Advisory Board, because I care about people and I care about this community. I share the important social values with the majority of people in this district. I've been supporting a woman's right to choose since before it became a national issue. I support human rights and believe the government should stay out of our bedrooms. And I have the educator's love of the education system.

I bring a unique perspective and a true vision of the future of Oregon. One in which all of its citizens receive a decent education, in which all have access to decent, affordable health care. A future in which senior citizens don't have to choose each month between buying the food they need and paying for the prescription drugs to keep them functioning. A future in which communities can take drinking water from our rivers because they have, once again, become clean and pure. A future of moderate, reasonable, planned growth. And a future in which we all feel safe from violence.

This is the future I want to see for my grandchildren.