News From Around the Northwest

Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. Today, the percentage of people facing hunger is nearly as high as it was in 2000. In OPB’s series Hunger In Oregon, Oregonians shared their experience getting food on the table. Here are excerpts from those stories.

Many Oregon hospitals have made improvements to patient care over the last couple of years. But human error still results in serious complications.

Nineteen of Oregon's hospitals reduced the number of infections their patients contracted by 40 percent over the last two years.

Andy Van Pelt, with the Oregon Association of Hospitals, says the details are coming out of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, "The preliminary data that's coming out of CMS for Oregon is tremendous," he said. 

A family's home address can dictate whether their kids get government help with food.

There are rural school districts in Oregon - where there's no free lunch. But in lots of places, needy students can get free lunch and breakfast. And Portland's now starting  to provide free dinners, too.

Jessica Morris is with Meals on Wheels. She's delivering frozen entrees, milk, and vegetables to Avoka Tavila and her five kids.


Tavila's two oldest are at school this morning, but it's a full house.

Multnomah County Commissioners heard Tuesday that for the fourth time in five years Oregon has the worst record in the nation for selling tobacco to kids.

Every year the state takes a group of 16-year-olds - who look their age - and asks them to buy cigarettes at about 800 randomly selected stores.

This year, 21 percent of those kids were successful.

By Joel DeVyldere

New research supported by Oregon State University demonstrates the potentially life-saving power of antibiograms in skilled nursing facilities. The study, which appeared in the October edition of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, demonstrated the effectiveness of antibiograms as part of a process for selecting appropriate antibiotics.