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Building a Foundation Towards Health

We Can Do Better will hold our 8th Annual Conference on September 14, 2016 at the Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom. 

The 2016 WCDB conference will explore health and wellness in three focal points:trauma, homelessness, employment and their interconnections.

New Initiative Gives Patients Access to Clinician Notes

The Vancouver Clinic intends to roll out the new program, known as Open Notes, within the next six weeks

When Regina Holliday’s husband was dying of kidney cancer, she was told she would have to pay 73 cents a page and wait weeks for her husband’s medical records. At about the same time, Holliday -- now a national advocate for patients' rights -- had asked Stephen King for an early edition of his then-latest novel so her husband, a big fan, could read it before he died.

We Can Do Better Welcomes Amy Cooper

Bringing a background in health IT, Cooper hopes to increase public engagement in healthcare reform

Amy Cooper stepped into her role as interim director of We Can Do Better in September – but started working with the organization as a contractor in May.

Single Payer System Continues to Draw Interest in Oregon

A grassroots campaign is forming to build public support for a ballot measure in 2013

January 19, 2012—Healthcare advocates, medical professionals, and legislators are developing a state-wide grassroots campaign to start educating the public about a single payer health system to provide universal coverage for everyone.

“It’s really the only way that we can assure affordable, high quality healthcare for all,” said Rep. Mike Dembrow (D-Portland), who introduced such legislation during the 2011 session which received a courtesy hearing in the House Healthcare Committee, but never came up for a vote.

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