The Lund Report
February 4, 2010 -- Nelsa Brodie is the new communications officer for the Department of Human Services, replacing Jim Sellers who retired. “I have a passion for human services,” she said.
Earlier she was the public information coordinator for Marion County and prior to that was the spokesperson for the Department of Ecology in Washington and the Washington State Patrol.
February 4, 2010 -- Jeremy Vandehey has joined the Oregon Health Authority as its community engagement director.
January 14, 2010 -- After spending 21 years as executive director of CLHO, Linda Fleming stepped down on Dec. 31. As the organization’s first executive director, she was a strong public health advocate on behalf of the state’s local health departments. Traveling 20,000 miles a year, she also advised the Department of Human Services on public health standards and programming.
January 14, 2010 -- Tammy Bray has been named chair of the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee by the Oregon Health Policy Board, while Lila Wickham is the committee vice chair. Bray works at Oregon State University; Wickham is with the Multnomah County Health Department.
The committee is charged with promoting and supporting lifestyle changes to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Their plan will incorporate policy, systems and environmental approaches that promote population health.
Committee members include:
January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.
December 18, 2009 -- In an email to brokers and agents, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon tells them to urge their elected representatives to vote against the healthcare reform bill in Congress because it's estimated to raise premiums on those who have insurance.
Similar to the provider tax imposed by Oreogn legisators, the health reform bill in the Senate imposes a $6.7 billion health insurance premium tax to pay for expanding coverage for the uninsured. And as they did in Oregon, insurers nationally are expected to pass that tax onto ratepayers.
December 17, 2009 -- Craig Mosbaek heads to Washington DC to begin a year-long fellowship in public health on December 26. Competition was stiff. More than 60 people from across the country submitted applications to the American Public Health Association.