The Oregon Health Authority and all 34 local public health departments are identifying where they are now in meeting public health goals and identify gaps.
In recent years, overdoses have exceeded motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause of death in Oregon.
Since Health Share formed its data analytics team a year ago, Sandra Clark, project director for community health strategies, says “we’re asking a lot more questions than providing answers.”
From doctorate-level nurses to unlicensed aides, workforce development in Oregon has been hampered by heavy student debt loads, burnout and the difficulty attracting diversity among its ranks.
Carima Guzman was born in Columbia but lives in Oregon working with Latina survivors of sexual assault. She told the commissioners about the difficulties women without health insurance face navigating the system to get birth control or STI treatment.
At the end of 2015, Oregon became the first state to define each modern public health foundational capability and program “detailing out what these mean everyday working in state and local public health,” said Cara Biddlecom of OHA’s Public Health Division.
Northwest Family Services reached 3,200 Oregon and more than 1,000 Washington mostly middle- and high-school students the first year it offered its Deceptions curriculum.
Housing and social cohesion could top the Portland metro area’s 2016 community health needs assessment, Genevieve Ellis, project manager for the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative, told the Women’s Health Network.
Starting July 1, Health Share plans to pool money that has been split since the 1990s between physical and mental health to integrate mental health and substance use benefits into one coordinated system.
“What do we mean by ‘health’? Health is broader than healthcare?” asked Dr. Carla McKelvey at the recent Health Policy Board.