Christopher Heun

Help Me Rebuild Nepal

The story of one traveler to Nepal who started his own organization to rebuild schools and train teachers in remote villages

OPINION- The earthquake in Nepal two weeks ago killed more than 7,000 people and damaged more than 16,000 schools. Aid groups estimate that roughly 5,000 schools were completely destroyed.

How Does a University Decide to Vaccinate an Entire Student Body?

University of Oregon faces “monumental logistical effort,” and a potential bill as high as $7 million to offer vaccinations for strain of meningococcal disease that has killed one student and hospitalized three others.

Outbreaks of meningococcal disease keep popping up on college campuses across the country and attract plenty of media attention. But what doesn’t get much coverage is how different schools decide to offer vaccinations to their students.

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

The truth about measles in Oregon

Statewide, 95% of children have the measles vaccine, but nonmedical exemptions are rising. Private schools and charter schools are more likely to have “extraordinarily low rates” of vaccinations.

While it’s true that vaccination rates for schoolchildren in Oregon are among the lowest in the country, there is a finer point to consider: the risk of infection is not evenly distributed and is much more likely to be higher in private and charter schools.

What’s next after Cover Oregon?

OHSU president urges caution at Oregon Health Policy Board meeting as legislature moves quickly to dissolve the health insurance exchange.

Dr. Joe Robertson, the president of Oregon Health & Science University, sounded a cautionary note last week about the future oversight of the state’s health insurance exchange.

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