Joanne Scharer

Alternative Medicine Finds Path to CCOs

One clinic in Salem is leading the way after gaining a contract with Willamette Valley Community Health

Alternative and complementary providers are making inroads into the coordinated care arena, particularly in Salem community where one particular clinic, JD Health and Wellness, holds a contract with Willamette Valley Community Health.

Oregon Experiences Largest Decline in Uninsured Children

State officials attribute the success to the Healthy Kids program whose numbers grew from 19.4 percent in 2008 to 33.6 percent in 2012.

Since October, Cover Oregon has been toiling through technological hiccups to make sure more Oregonians have affordable and quality health insurance. Behind the scenes, even before the Affordable Care Act became law, efforts to have more children covered by health insurance have been quietly successful, especially in Oregon.

According to a new report, "For Kids' Sake: State-Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance - A State-by-State Analysis," the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. dropped from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012. The report, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health's State Health Access Data Assistance Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also documents recent coverage trends at the state level using data from 2008 through 2012, the most recent year available.

Health Transformation Via a Website

Central Oregon uses technology to help improve community health

Community health assessments and community health improvement plans have become a required component of the healthcare transformation landscape, some communities are turning to technology to assist with the planning process. Healthier Central Oregon, a web-based source of population data and community health information is helping policymakers, planners and community members in Central Oregon make their community healthier.

Douglas County Residents Encouraged to Talk About Their Health

The local newspaper, in collaboration with Architrave Health and Umpqua Health Alliance have started a partnership to give Douglas County residents an opportunity to discuss their health issues, and, since then, the program has been expanded to the local radio station.

Douglas County believes healthcare transformation involves more than just access to insurance; it means access to reliable health information from trusted sources, and people talking about healthcare issues that concern them, while listening to others.


Low-income Children Keep Their Healthy Smiles

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Thanks to the Creston Children’s Dental Clinic, more than 500 children have been seen by volunteer representing dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

The oral health status among children in Oregon does not bode well for healthy smiles, especially those of low-income children.

Healthcare Transformation Meets Rural Health

The Lund Report
Eastern Oregon CCO proving it’s s possible with Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes

It’s been nearly 18 months since the first Coordinated Care Organizations got under way in Oregon. And like the rest of the healthcare industry, it’s been a time of transition, transformation and challenges.

The Eastern Oregon CCO in northeastern Oregon has had particular success reaching providers, helping them become recognized as Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes.

Challenges Facing Umpqua Health Alliance

The Lund Report
A recent Community Health Assessment revealed that Douglas County ranked in the lowest percentile for overall health outcomes

Rural counties across Oregon face community health challenges exacerbated by stressed economies, aging populations, and behavioral factors.

Douglas County is a prime example -- ranking high in many risk factors that influence health including poverty, unemployment, tobacco use, obesity, and education.


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