Some intrepid dental hygienists in Oregon are looking to serve the state’s low-income, non-mobile and rural residents through a state certification that allows them to see patients without a dentist’s supervision.
Two Oregon hospitals were forced to layoff employees or eliminate positions after their parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, announced last month it would be making cuts to combat poor financial performance.
After decades of failing to properly treat the mentally ill, a forced agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to comply with the American Disabilities Act and a scathing series in The Oregonian last month, Oregon’s mental healthcare system is far from making the grade.
Several insurers in Oregon say they are on board with an upcoming federal requirement that aims to create an easier and more transparent process for finding your doctor on the federal exchange.
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The Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds known as OrCRM has been tasked by the National Governor’s Association to implement steps aimed at reducing the number of people addicted to and dying from the overuse of prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine.
Though a national organization recently revealed a study linking long term exposure to chemicals at beauty salons to health problems of employees, the issue has been a topic of concern in Oregon and beyond for years.
Oregon has historically, with the exception of 2010, had a higher rate of youth suicide deaths - ages 10 to 24 - than the national rate. In 2011, for example, the rate in Oregon was 9.8 per 100,000 people while the national rate was 7.9, according to Oregon health officials.
When Sharon Tissell, a trauma nurse, was working abroad in Uganda last year the skills she learned from the Global Health Center at Oregon Health Science University were invaluable, particularly what she learned about helping women.