The Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) got marching orders from two legislators eager for Oregon to ramp up its public health system. Oregon currently ranks near the bottom nationally in state funding for public health.
Next Monday, Familias en Acción begins the first of what it hopes will be many free trainings for healthcare providers.
Even though Portland’s economy generates high-paying jobs, on any given day 130,000 people in Portland don’t know where they will get their next meal, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said Wednesday at the We Can Do Better conference, a Portland gathering focused on civic engagement and hea
More Oregonians die of drug overdoses than in car crashes, even though the number of adults living with chronic pain has held steady for the past 20 years.
The big jump in addictions and mental health facilities going tobacco-free shows “quite a cultural shift,” Kirsten Aird, chronic disease programs manager for the Public Health Division, told the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee last week.
The estimated benefits of investing in communicable disease control, environmental health and organizational infrastructure in public health could save lives and avert costs associated with illness and death based on national research.
Like most healthcare providers in rural Oregon, the shortages are impacting the Virginia Garcia Health Center, which has seen a 400 percent growth in patients the past decade, mostly migrant and seasonal farm workers at its clinics in Washington and Yamhill counties.
Our healthcare system is a fragile house of card and incremental reform is what’s needed. That’s the message delivered by a former legislator, Jim Thompson, to an Oregon Health Forum audience last week.
Students facing chronic and acute health conditions frequently turn to their most trusted ally – a school nurse. But the dire shortage of nurses means many students lack such resources.
Oregon spends billions on healthcare yet “most of what impacts people’s health doesn’t happen in a doctor’s office but elsewhere in the community,” Rep. Mitch Greenlick said at a legislative briefing on public health modernization.