Ballmer Institute seeks Community Advisory Board members

The University of Oregon’s Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health is taking nominations for its new advisory board, one of several groups that will provide community feedback to leadership at the institute as it develops programs.

The Community Advisory Board will have 15 members, with 10 positions allocated for behavioral health and community organizations in the Portland area and five open to community members including UO employees. A one-year commitment runs from January to December 2024. To acknowledge the time commitment, the institute is providing compensation of up to $700 for attendance and participation at meetings.

“We recognize that meaningful change requires active collaboration with community members who are willing to generously share their insights, experiences and values,” said Atika Khurana, director of community engagement.

The Ballmer Institute is asking community stakeholders to consider nominating themselves or colleagues for the board. Those interested can submit the online form available until the Dec. 1 deadline. Anyone with questions can contact the institute by phone 541-346-2500 or email

“The CAB will serve as an essential partner in advancing our work and supporting children’s behavioral health by ensuring that community input remains central to the development of our national training model,” said Executive Director Katie McLaughlin. “It will also play a key role in enhancing the institute's position in the community as a collaborator and behavioral health training partner delivering services in schools, the health care system and other community settings.”