Jan Johnson

FamilyCare’s initial CHIP targets 15- to 25-year-olds

FamilyCare has more than doubled its enrollment since 2013 and now has 115,000 members.

FamilyCare Inc.’s first Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) will focus on 15- to 25-year-olds.

Task Force on Public Health Finishes Proposal on a Feistier Note

The “Modernization of Public Health” report is scheduled to be heard by the 2015 Legislature.

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health, notable for its congeniality and lack of bickering, had its first public squabbles during its final face-to-face meeting before turning over what it now calls its “Modernization of Public Health” proposal to the 2015 legislature.

Public Health Task Force Focuses on Accountability

Who will bear the responsibility for public health? Counties alone, with partners or relinquishing their authority to the state

As the work group assigned to draft a presentation to the Oregon legislature on the future of public health scrubbed language on financing, incentives and governance, accountability dominated the discussion.

Access to Care and Defining Preventative Care Concern Health Share

The wait times for routine mental health care at times took six to seven weeks.

Health Share ‘s Community Advisory Council heard CEO Janet Meyer’s report on the coordinated care organization’s first two year’s work, remaining work for the next 12 months, and beginnings of the CCO’s next two- to three-year plan at the council’s monthly meeting.

Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Public Health Ponders Regionalization

But not all counties are on board, and Douglas County in southern Oregon plans to relinquish its responsibilities to the state in October.

With a report due to the Oregon legislature soon, the Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Public Health sent its smaller workgroup back to work on a single straw man model focused on waves of voluntary regionalization even as one Oregon county seeks to get out of the public health business alt

CCO Approach Appeals to Future of Public Health Work Group

A workgroup drafting options for the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Public Health seems headed toward a sharpened focus on health outcomes.

Gary Oxman, an at-large member of the group and retired public health officer with Multnomah County, says public health should take its cues from what he called the “spiritual vibe” of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organization model, where experimentation combined with clearly measured outcomes is s

Health Share Seeks to Improve Cultural Competency

Of the CCO’s members, half are people of color with 50,000 identifying themselves as Hispanic/Latino

On July 1, Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest coordinated care organization, intends to submit its first “cultural competency platform” to Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Achieving Health Equity Vital to Healthcare Reform

That means including culturally and linguistically appropriate services and integrating community health workers and doulas into the care teams, according to Tricia Tillman

Alberto Moreno, executive director of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, launched the Oregon Health Equity Alliances’ Oregon Equity Project session with what he called a “radical idea”:  that all should  have “unabridged access to healthcare” and the “best culturally competent care possible.”

Kaiser Permanente Takes Stand on Flame-Retardant Furniture

The decision follows California’s update of its flammability standard for upholstered furniture.

Kaiser Permanente will become the first health system in the country to stop purchasing flame-retardant-treated furniture based on concerns over exposure to potential toxins.


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