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OR Clinics Try New Approaches to Prenatal Care for Latinas

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March 8, 2012 -- The goals of healthier mothers and babies are prompting some new approaches to prenatal care at Oregon clinics which serve high populations of Latinas.

One-third of Hispanic mothers receive no prenatal care in their first trimester of pregnancy and are less likely to have health insurance than are non-Hispanics in Oregon.

Cultural Competency Training Offered by Oregon Center for Nursing

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The training program is intended for nurses who work with people from diverse cultures such as the Somali Bantu population

March 8, 2012 – Caring for patients from diverse cultures can be a daunting task for nurses who may only have practiced in relatively homogeneous workplaces and face communication difficulties.

That’s why the Oregon Center of Nursing has begun offering a series of trainings for nurses who want to become more culturally competent. Training sessions are focused on Latino, Burmese and Somali/Bantu populations.

Legislation Aims to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse

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House Bill 4084 makes it easier for law enforcement to access financial and medical records of seniors during an abuse investigation

March 8, 2012 – Before adjourning, the Oregon Legislature passed a law making it easier to investigate abuse among people over age 65. House Bill 4084 allows investigating agencies to look at the financial and medical records of seniors, extends the statute of limitations on certain elder abuse crimes (including theft and robbery) from two years to six years, and removes the ability to expunge these crimes from a person’s criminal record.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick Willing to Consider Legislation Mandating Flu Vaccinations

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At an informational session before the Legislature adjourned, Greenlick urged a healthcare work group to draft such legislation for the 2013 session

March 8, 2012 – It’s very likely that the 2013 Legislature will consider a bill mandating flu vaccinations for all healthcare workers in Oregon.

Dr. Mel Kohn, director of Oregon’s Public Health Division and the state’s health officer, shared those comments during an information session before the House Health Care Committee recently.

Nutrition Program for Seniors Goes Without Additional Funding

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Demand for the program doubles the number of food vouchers available

March 7, 2012—The recently resolved $300 million deficit in Oregon’s budget meant tough cuts. But the ongoing recession means an ongoing need for funding social programs. One of the programs that fell between those proverbial rock and hard spots this legislative session was the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program, which helps low-income seniors purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.

Oregon's Health Co-op Hires Consulting Firm to Find CEO

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The CareOregon-sponsored insurer has yet to hear whether it will receive startup funding; meanwhile, the Freelancers Co-op of Oregon has received $60 million from the federal government

March 7, 2012 – A healthcare co-op that CareOregon hopes to launch is still awaiting word from the federal government about start-up funds. Incorporated as Community Care of Oregon and now referred to as Oregon's Health Co-op in some documents, the co-op is intended to become a consumer-owned and operated insurance company.

New Fish Consumption Standards Could Benefit Oregon Water Quality

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Public invited to comment on state's toxic reduction strategy

March 5, 2012 -- Health experts often say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; could the same be said of pollution?

That seems to be the thinking behind revisions of environmental toxic standards underway throughout the Northwest. These revisions include broad policy approaches, like a toxics reduction strategy currently out for public comment in Oregon, and more targeted initiatives, such as standards adopted late last year that make the state a model when it comes to water quality and human health.

Tribal Concerns in Health Exchange Spotlight

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American Indian and state leaders signed a contract last week to work through details of qualifications and outreach

March 2, 2012 -- It’s been a busy month in Oregon’s world of health policy, but perhaps nowhere more so than the intersection between tribal health issues and the health insurance exchange.

Even though the financial future of the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange suffered a setback by going back to committee during this short legislative session, both tribal and exchange leaders expect nothing will change in terms of the guaranteed insurance funding and basic administrative structure.

Confidential Sources Say Salem Health Spending $2.5 Million on Japanese Training

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Hospital executives traveled to Japan recently for an immersion experience in Kaizan, the Japanese term for continuous improvement

March 2, 2012 -- With all the hubbub about Salem Health announcing cutbacks of $30 million recently, it’s interesting to ask what a health system in the Mid-Willamette Valley can learn from a car company in Asia? According to Salem Health Chief Executive Officer, Norman Gruber, whatever it is, it’s worth the trip.


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