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Religion, Spirituality Influence Health in Different but Complementary Ways

Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates.

“Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates your emotions, how you feel,” said Carolyn Aldwin, a gerontology professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.

Oregon Adopts Landmark Data Standards for Race

APANO applauds new rules designed to improve the health and welfare in Oregon

APANO applauds the release of final rules governing how race, ethnicity, language and disability status are collected by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services.  The rules feature new culturally competent practices and uniform procedures that are designed to improve data collection and inform solutions to achieve health equity in Oregon.  An implementation plan will be presented to the Oregon Legislature in June outlining how the new administrive rules will be phased in over the next several years.  The rules are the result of House Bill 2134, which passed with strong bipartisan support in 2013 and signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber.

Meaningful Care Conference Held During 2014 LGBT Health Awareness Week

March 28 event will provide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer cultural competency training for health and social service providers in the Northwest

LGBT Health Awareness Week is a call to action for community members, advocates, service providers, and governmental officials to recognize health and wellness as an essential part of the social justice movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, families and the wider community.

Mistrust, Discrimination Influence Latino Health Care Satisfaction

Mistrust of the medical community and perceived discrimination by health care providers can affect how satisfied young adult Latinos in rural Oregon are with their health care, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Health care satisfaction, or the lack of, could influence health outcomes for patients, affect participation in health care programs under the new Affordable Care Act, and contribute to disparities in health care access for Latinos, said lead researcher Daniel López-Cevallos, associate director of research for the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement at OSU.

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