Jan Johnson

Lawmakers advise PHAB on Reaching $100 Million Target

Rep. Mitch Greenlick and Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson clarified what they need to convince the Legislature to spend $100 million a year to modernize public health.

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.

Health Advocates Urged to Lobby for Inclusionary Zoning, Rent Stabilization

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury tells the We Can Do Better Conference: ‘If government doesn’t build it, housing for the poor won’t get built’

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

Physical Therapy, Acupuncture Reduce Opioid Dependence

A panel discussion at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) sponsored by Oregon Health Forum considered the cultural swings for treating pain in the past 20 years to the current opioid epidemic and the fear of prescribing opioids.

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.

Addiction and Mental Health Facilities Stay Away from Tobacco

In 2014, 70 percent of the 86 facilities reporting said that tobacco is not used on their properties – a big shift from 2010 when only 15 percent had indicated so.

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.

Physical Inactivity, Health Inequity Tops $1 Billion Each

More public health spending could reduce those costs, according to state officials.

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.

OHA to Release 2017-2019 Budget at Month’s End

Proposed incentive programs for caregivers may offer more benefits to help deal with the workforce shortage in rural Oregon and for underserved populations in urban areas.

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.

Obama Failed to Control Drug Costs, Leading to Higher Prices, Jim Thompson Says

Even with a Medicare for All Health Plan like the plan advocated by Bernie Sanders, hospital and pharmaceutical costs would continue to skyrocket without imposing some limits and access to care remains uneven for many reasons, according to the panelists who appeared at the breakfast forum sponsored by Oregon Health Forum last week. .

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.

Oregon Ranks Low in Student Nurse Ratio Nationwide

Current ratios average about one registered nurse or school nurse for every 3,000-4,000 students while House Bill 2693 sets a goal of one RN or school nurse for every 750 students by 2020. The bill requires each school district to have one RN for every 225 medically complex and every 125 medically fragile students.

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.

Legislators Probe Investing More Money in Public Health

Oregon public health intends to ask for $30 million during the next legislative session.

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.

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