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Serving the People of Nehalem Valley Since 1951

Marc has been a board member since 2017. Prior to relocating to the north coast in 2013 he worked as a journalist, consultant on public policy and communications, and as a top aide to former Idaho governor Cecil D. Andrus.

Marc C. Johnson


Lynda (she/they) arrived from Chicago following her family to the beautiful Oregon Coast in 2010. She was elected to the board in 2017 and has been active in equity and inclusion issues in the community. She has been a registered nurse since 2001 and is currently pursuing studies in shamanic healing. She likes gardening, dancing and swimming in the river.

Lynda Chick, RN

Vice President

Debbie joined the board in 2018. Before retiring to Manzanita, she spent 30 years managing operations in technology manufacturing. Returning to rural, coastal Oregon in 2004, she has since devoted her time to local non-profit boards including Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay, and CASA of Tillamook County.

Debbie Moberly


Jacki joined the Board in 2021. Since relocating to Oregon’s north coast in 2015 Jacki has served on the boards of several local nonprofits, including EVCNB, Neahkahnie Community Club and CARTM. Prior to her retirement, Jacki practiced law.

Jacki Hinton


Anupam joined the Board in 2021. Has over 35 years of business and finance experience in the hospitality and real estate industry. He and his wife Judy enjoy living on the coast, playing pickleball and traveling the world.

Anupam Narayan


The Nehalem Bay Health District is governed by a 5-person publicly elected board. The board employs a CEO to manage the District’s day-to-day operations.


The District covers approximately 26 square miles of the northern portion of Tillamook County, including the communities of Wheeler, Nehalem, Manzanita, and the nearby unincorporated areas. the District serves (according to the most recent census numbers) a full-time population of 3616 as well as part time residents and thousands of annual visitors. 

The District owns two properties in Wheeler - an approximately 5 acre site located on Rowe Street (current home of the Nehalem Valley Care Center, the Nehalem Bay Health Center and Pharmacy, old Wheeler hospital, North County Food Bank, and the District) and a 1.3 acre site at Highway 101 and Hospital Road. The Highway 101 site is envisioned as the location of a new, expanded state-of-the-art health center and pharmacy. The District owns all the current structures and has responsibility for maintenance and needed improvements of the properties. 


The District is governed by a board of directors consisting of five publicly elected community volunteers.


The District’s office is located at 278 Rowe Street, Wheeler (in the former Wheeler Hospital).


The mailing address is PO Box 6, Wheeler, OR 97145.


To contact the District, call (503) 368-5119 or email at


The District and the Care Center board meetings are open to the public. The District board regularly meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.


The Care Center board regularly meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.


The public is encouraged to attend. Upcoming meeting times are available here.




To facilitate the delivery of health and community services by encouraging collaborative partnership and stewardship of public resources.


We envision a future where the Nehalem Bay Health District is the heart of the community and where all residents live a happy, high-quality, and healthy life. We believe that health results from economic, social, and environmental well-being.

Our DEIA Statement and Intentions:

We each have a role and voice as community members, partners and servant leaders in the Nehalem Bay Health District to create an inclusive and equitable community. We choose courage over comfort. We see and speak the truth when people are harmed by racism, sexism, classism, ableism and all forms of oppression and inequity.


We step out of our comfort zone to reach across differences and build relationships. We look for and see systemic inequities and biases and actively address root causes and the wounds they perpetuate. There is no perfect time or one right way to do this work – we learn, take imperfect action, make repairs and continue. We do this together, in community for the well-being and flourishing of our community. We rely on one another – we learn together, act together and hold each other accountable to our diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility intentions.


We acknowledge that the work required to create an inclusive and equitable community is ongoing – a marathon not a sprint – and we bring our commitment, focus and perseverance to it. We dedicate this work to the flourishing and belonging of all people in the Nehalem Bay community.

The Nehalem Bay Health District’s taxing and bonding authority is spelled out in state law. The District operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. Primary revenue for the District is generated from rental income from the buildings on the District property.

Additional revenue comes from the District’s permanent taxing authority established by voters approving Measure 50 in 1997. The permanent rate limit is set at $0.0309 per $1,000 of assessed value, the lowest of all health districts in Oregon. Revenue projections for FY2022-23 provided by the Tillamook County Treasurer’s Office are $43,529.


Finally, the District receives Timber Tax revenue, projected for FY2022-23 to be $10,414, also from the Tillamook County Treasurer’s Office.

The District develops an annual budget with the assistance of a group of volunteer community members.  An annual budget is adopted each year in June. Budget documents are available on the website


The State of Oregon provides for the formation of health districts under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 431.443.


Oregon extends extensive authority to duly formed health districts under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 440.360 which states:


A health district has all powers necessary to carry out the purposes of ORS 440.315 to 440.410, including, but not limited to, the power:

  1. To provide directly or indirectly any physical or mental health related service. 

  2. To make any contract or agreement, to purchase and lease real and personal property, to enter business arrangements or relationships with public or private entities and to create and participate fully in the operation of any business structure, including the development of business structures and arrangements for health care delivery systems and managed care plans. 

  3. To participate in community sponsored health screening, prevention, wellness, improvement or other activities that address the physical or mental health needs of district residents. Such participation may include clinical, financial, administrative, volunteer or other support considered appropriate by the board. 

  4. To perform any other acts that in the judgment of the board are necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes of ORS 440.315 to 440.410. [Formerly 441.320; 1979 c.520 §2; 1981 c.508 §3; 1983 c.699 §2; 1983 c.740 §155; 1985 c.747 §50; 1987 c.850 §1; 1997 c.857 §1; 1999 c.630 §2; 2003 c.802 §113]


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