The Lund Report brings our healthcare system into focus by going beneath the surface. Our goal is to educate you -- the consumer -- about this complex system, giving you the facts, analysis and action tools to make a difference.
We’re unlike any news source you’ve seen before -- the first Web site dedicated to educating Oregonians about the inner workings of the healthcare industry. You can count on us to be timely, provocative, and offer new perspectives. We’re passionate about what we do and are beholden to no one because we do not accept funds from the healthcare industry.
Our news coverage focuses on the major issues confronting our healthcare system – rising costs, unequal access and the lack of standardization to measure quality. With an emphasis on Oregon, this online publication will include national reform efforts.
Inside The Lund Report you can hear from people willing to challenge the status quo – while having an opportunity to share your own perspective.
Our Consumer Tools section helps you navigate our multi-tiered healthcare system. For example, you’ll find out how to file a complaint, get insurance coverage if you’re turned down because of a pre-existing condition or sign up for the state-run pharmaceutical pool that offers lower cost drugs.
We are not a consumer advocacy organization. Plenty of groups already exist in the community, and you’ll find a contact list in our Links section.
We’re a news source, not a blog. We value and invite your comments and story suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for coming aboard!
We encourage you to sign up for The Lund Report using our on-line form here
. That way you can receive regular news updates, comment on articles and submit guest editorials. We do not charge a subscription fee. Our Web site is available to everyone. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with anyone.
Who We Are
THE LUND REPORT is led by Diane Lund-Muzikant
, its editor-in-chief, who has spent the past two decades writing about our healthcare system. Diane is the founder and former executive director and editor of Oregon Health Forum/Oregon Health News, an organization she ran for 16 ½ years. Under her leadership, it became the leading resource for health policy issues in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier, as a freelance journalist her work appeared in Good Housekeeping, People Magazine, The Oregonian and national health policy journals. Diane is also a 13-year breast cancer survivor and the co-founder and board chair of Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition, an educational and advocacy organization focused on the environmental impacts of cancer. She can be reached at Diane@thelundreport.org
Christopher David Gray
is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Reader
, Time Out: Chicago
, Gapers Block
, Cincinnati CityBeat andpatch.com. He worked previously as a staff reporter at the Roseburg News-Review, covering city government and social services in southern Oregon, where he won awards from the Oregon Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. He recently returned to Oregon to become the legislative reporter for The Lund Report
after several years in Chicago, where he reported on issues affecting the South Side black community. He was recognized with a Rosa Parks Transit Equity Award by Developing Communities Project, the grassroots organization founded by President Barack Obama. He also worked with Physicians for a National Health Program and the Medicare News Group. A native of Defiance, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University and has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Bill Lascher is a freelance journalist whose work appears in High Country News, the Northwest News Network, Portland Monthly and other outlets. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he covers the relationship between the environment and health for the Lund Report. Elsewhere, Lascher covers energy, transportation, natural disasters and the various intersections of the human and natural world. A narrative nonfiction writer increasingly dipping his toes into multimedia journalism, Lascher was a Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia and Convergence journalism fellow at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and has a master's degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism. A Ventura, California native and a graduate of Oberlin College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, he was previously the editor of the Ventura County Reporter and a staff writer at the Pacific Coast Business Times. His website is www.lascheratlarge.com and his Twitter handle is @billlascher.
Christen McCurdy is a freelance journalist and technical writer whose work has appeared in The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, Street Roots, Oregon Business Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and Nerve. Previously, she was an editor and reporter for The Argus Observer in Ontario, and The Daily Barometer at Oregon State University, both of which received general excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists during her tenure. She has also worked in direct care for adults with physical and developmental disabilities, and has volunteered with Outside In and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. Her professional portfolio can be viewed here, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
Raymond Rendleman works full-time as the news editor for The Clackamas Review and The Oregon City News, but his passion for journalism and independent analysis of the Oregon healthcare industry is so great that he regularly contributes to The Lund Report. He’s also written for The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Willamette Week, The Portland Observer and numerous other local publications and national magazines. The Oregon/SW Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded him the past three years, including one award through The Lund Report.
Kyna Rubin is a freelance writer who worked for many years in Washington, D.C. She was co-creator and editor of the “Narrative Matters” section of the health policy journal Health Affairs; she created and wrote the “Inside Stories” series for Grantmakers in Health; and she was staff writer/editor at The Urban Institute, where she wrote magazine articles about health policy and other institute research. She has taught health policy writing to graduate students at George Washington University. Trained as a China specialist (M.A., Modern Chinese Literature, University of British Columbia), she has written for magazines and newspapers on China-related topics.
is a freelance writer/editor and writing workshop facilitator with a background in public policy. Joanne has written policy studies and articles on public health, education, economic development, and sustainability. Her clients have included the NC Center for Public Policy Research, the NC Department of Commerce, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Government, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Oregon Health Forum, among others. She earned master’s degrees in public administration and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joanne moved to Oregon from North Carolina by way of various countries in the Middle East and Central America in 2006. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a Portland-based freelance writer and editor who specializes in financial analysis and use of digital journalism tools. She contributes to a number of magazines, newspapers and websites, and is a fill-in onlne editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting radio. Previously business and features editor of The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., she's also worked as a staff reporter at The Columbian, the Portland Business Journal and other Pacific Northwest publications. In 2009, she was accepted and received a scholarship to attend the selective Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists at the University of Pennsylvania. Her reporting has been cited by Investigative Reporters and Editors and Propublica, and she has won Society for Professional Journalists awards for investigative work, coverage of business and writing on health care.
Blair Thomas is a freelance writer and graduate student studying public health and policy in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He received a degree in political science from the University of Portland in 2007 and was a sports and features writer for The Beacon. Blair serves as both Secretary and Treasurer of the Oregon Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Miriam Widman is a freelance writer/editor/radio producer who has worked in a half dozen US cities and several foreign countries. She is fluent in German, French and Spanish and has covered German and European healthcare policy for APM Health Europe and new drug and device launches for Off the Record Research and Grassroots Research. On the radio side she has produced spot news and features for National Public Radio, The World, Marketplace, Oregon Public Broadcasting and KBOO Community Radio.
We’re a grassroots non-profit organization that received start-up funds from over 100 individuals throughout Oregon who believe there’s a need for an in-depth and unbiased news source focused on our healthcare system.
We encourage you to support us. Your contributions will help us pay for ongoing web support and contract with freelance journalists to prepare the news articles. The Lund Report is a virtual organization; we will not open an office or have paid staff.
We do not accept funds from the healthcare industry. Please consider making a contribution using our on-line form here
The Lund Report has been approved by the IRS as a non-profit 501-C-3 organization. You can either send a check to THE LUND REPORT, PO Box 82841, Portland OR 97282 or use your credit card by clicking the Support Us link. We’ll be more than happy to send you a formal receipt for income-tax purposes. The federal tax ID number associated with this organization is 26-3019179.
How We Came Into Being
The idea for The Lund Report grew out of discussions with people who became frustrated about the lack of critical and in-depth coverage of our healthcare system. The results of a survey conducted over the last several months indicated the strong need for such an endeavor. Over 700 Oregonians participated, with an overwhelming majority (77 percent) showing strong support. A cross-section of the community gave us their opinions – health industry professionals, public health leaders, state legislators, educators, lobbyists, scientists, attorneys, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and consumer advocates.
People shared their concerns about our broken healthcare system. Their answers come as no surprise. The profit margins of the healthcare industry need to be curtailed, costs have become unaffordable, lobbyists exert too much influence on our elected officials and there needs to be more emphasis on chemical dependency and mental health services. People also want to know how other geographical regions are dealing with healthcare reform such as California, Washington, Canada and European countries.
Based on these survey results, we’re plunging ahead full speed. From time to time we intend to conduct other surveys, asking for your opinion on how we’re doing and soliciting new ideas. Your voice matters. We’re here for you.