Christen McCurdy

Next Steps for Single Payer Unclear While Dembrow Keeps Fighting

The state senator told Healthcare for All Oregon that a single-payer bill will need bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature.

Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) told members of Health Care for All Oregon Saturday afternoon that he plans to keep fighting to bring single-payer healthcare to the state – although the next steps remain unclear. 

Portlanders Take Time to Talk About – And Plan for – Death

Death cafes – informal but directed gatherings to talk about grief, loss and end-of-life planning – are part of an international movement to improve care and address life's toughest topics

Coffee, cake and frank talk about death might not sound like a formula for a popular social event.

But for organizers of “death cafes” unstructured conversations about end-of-life issues – that simple formula has brought in capacity crowds in the U.S. and Europe, including Portland.

OHSU Reports Sharp Drop in Uninsured Patients

By mid-April, OHSU had raised $296 million toward its Knight Cancer Challenge, according to President Joe Robertson.

Oregon Health & Science University reported operating income of $69.8 million through March, which is $21 million over target and 11 percent above last year's revenues, according to chief financial officer Lawrence Furnstahl's report to the board of directors recently.

Number of New Patients Under Psychiatric Security Review Board is Down

New executive director gives an overview of the agency, notes recent changes

Fewer people than ever before are under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, according to executive director Juliet Follansbee who spoke at the annual Mental Health Association of Portland event and gave an overview on trends and changes within the agency.

Housing Program Attempts to Fill the Healthcare Gap

Northwest Housing Alternatives brings groups of nursing students directly to residents' homes to provide basic preventive care, and connect them with other social services

Barbara Moss has lived at Weidler Commons, a northeast Portland apartment building for low-income seniors, since 2003. A Portland native who moved back after living in San Diego for several years, Moss describes herself as active, taking advantage of nearby TriMet lines to shop, run errands and attend community events. “I'm out and about every day.”

New Doctoral Programs at PSU, OHSU Lay Groundwork for School of Public Health

OHSU and PSU are reviewing applications for PhD programs in epidemiology, community health and health systems and policy

Officials at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University are reviewing applications for three new doctoral programs in public health – and are hoping to create a School of Public Health to administer the growing number of programs in the discipline.

“It's sort of a natural evolution of what has been a highly functional and really rigorous MPH program that we already share,” said Elena Andresen, PhD, an OHSU professor who was instrumental in creating the curriculum for the doctorate in epidemiology.

Reducing Meat Intake Could Improve Population Health, Mitigate Climate Change

Robert Lawrence calls for tighter food industry regulations as well as changes to individual behavior

If everybody on the planet ate as much meat as Americans do, according to Dr. Robert Lawrence, the planet could only support a population of 2 to 3 billion people.

That's because meat and other animal products take so much energy to produce. But reducing the amount of meat we eat to 75 grams daily (http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/562956) could improve the planet's carrying capacity, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve population health, he said.

Legacy Conference Focuses on the Healing Power of Nature

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Legacy's 'Gardens in Healthcare' conference discussed research, perspectives and best practices for healing gardens

Dr. Duncan Neilson started his keynote speech at Legacy's Gardens in Healthcare conference last week saying he wasn't sure about his qualifications to give the talk.

 

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