(LWVOR) A guest speaker at Lunch with the League on Tuesday will help decipher the “alphabet soup” of health care, according to the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge. Guest speaker Matt Tillery, director of community services for Cherokee Health Systems, will give a brief history of the Affordable Care Act, Tennessee’s Medicare and Medicaid programs, and resources available to those who are eligible for these services.
Tillery will speak specifically on community mental health clinics and federally qualified health care centers, and what these types of service locations mean to community members, the press release said. The program will start at noon Tuesday, March 21, in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Born and raised in Powell, Tillery graduated from East Tennessee State University majoring in child development psychology and human development and learning. He started with Cherokee Health Systems in 2009 as a case manager. In 2010, he began coordinating CHS’s Health Care for the Homeless Clinic as outreach coordinator, working with volunteers and providers to develop outreach and on-site care strategies in collaboration with other agencies.
He accepted the position of director of community services in August 2015, allowing him to cover all 14 East Tennessee counties within CHS’s service map to provide access to healthcare and care coordination for all of the residents within and near those areas. He also directs the Trinity Medical Respite Program, Knoxville’s first and only medical respite for the homeless working in an active partnership with Knox Area Rescue Ministries.
Tillery serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Knoxville Mayor’s Round Table to End Homelessness, and the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Committee, which recently served those in Sevier County affected by the wildfires.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not needed. Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis for $8, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.
LWVOR is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of public policy through unbiased studies of public issues, the press release said. Membership is open to both men and women. For more information, visit www.lwvoakridge.org.