The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is asking the Oregon Health Authority to approve a pilot project allowing dental therapists to treat members of two Coos Bay tribes -- the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians Dental Clinic and the Coquille Indian Tribe's
Intimate partner violence can lead to diabetes, hypertension, depression, substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases, said Cassie Russell, economic empowerment coordinator at Bradley Angel, which she described as “the oldest shelter in the West.”
At Intel, healthcare spending rose from $250 million a year to $500 million, with just “800 people driving $100 million of that cost,” Intel’s Tami Graham told 200 attendees at a breakfast forum co-sponsored by Oregon Health Forum and Oregon Business Magazine.
Oregon’s Health Policy Board appears divided over whether to measure healthcare costs, following a presentation by Rachel Block, a consultant with the Milbank Memorial Fund.
According to a 2012 Oregon Smile Survey taken at 82 schools statewide, 17,000 Oregon kids between ages six and nine – about 13 percent -- have seven cavities or more with rampant decay including rows of black bumps for teeth.
America provides the world’s highest-priced care with the lowest life expectancy of developed countries, with half of all bankruptcies related to healthcare costs, while one in seven Medicare beneficiaries is harmed while hospitalized, Dr. Douglas Walta told students last week.
The CCO’s goal was to reduce the number of “million-dollar babies born to drug-using women with mental health issues,” said Shelly Uhrig of Options for Southern Oregon.
“Community health workers are the wave of the future,” to meet the needs of vulnerable people, according to Grant County Commissioner Chris Labhart.
“If we’re going to be transforming healthcare and creating a new culture of health, nurses will be at the forefront,” said Jana R. Bitton, MPA, co-lead of the OAC and executive director of the Oregon Center for Nursing.
Two years ago, Emily Purry’s husband had to nudge her out of the car to attend the event as a job seeker. “I didn’t know how to start conversations,” Purry said. “I just listened in.”