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State, County Officials Urge Oregonians to Get Vaccines as

Oregon health officials are attributing the recent spike in COVID-19 cases to the July 4th holiday, the relaxation of masking and safety requirements amongst unvaccinated people, and the rise of

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Sickness and Health

(Just Now) THE OREGON Health Authority (OHA) has seen its share of controversy lately.. The state's public health agency was named in a whistleblower lawsuit in …

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Good Morning, News: Masks Recommended Statewide, Pandemic

(1 days ago) 2 days ago · • The mental health of athletes is taking center stage at the Tokyo Olympics, after gymnast Simone Biles bravely walked off the floor and dropped out of the individual, all around finals after

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Multnomah County Misses State Deadline, Will Not Move to

(4 days ago) Guernsey said that trust in public health is the primary barrier the county is working on addressing, but public health officials will also be looking to address logistical barriers like ease of

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Most Heatwave Victims Died Alone with No Air Conditioning

(8 days ago) According to Multnomah County Health Officer Jennifer Vines, the body’s natural cooling systems start to experience stress after 48 hours, so the pattern of death is similar. Most victim’s

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OHP and Oral health

(8 days ago) I'm not complaining that I'm able to get healthcare and basic dental through the Oregon health plan, I am grateful for this. But I have noticed that other states who also used Medicaid, which is

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The Future of Trans Healthcare Is in Portland

(5 days ago) The Future of Trans Healthcare Is in Portland. W hen Molly Palmer came out as transgender in 2015—and decided to begin the process of a …

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Will a Fix to Oregon’s Involuntary Commitment Process Help

(8 days ago) The mental health investigator only brings that patient before a judge if they can confidently prove, based on Oregon law, that the person is “dangerous to self or others.” If …

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Houseless Portlanders Suggest Mental Health Providers—Not

(4 days ago) Mental health professionals. Not the police. That's who should be responding to most low-level 911 calls in Portland, according to a recent survey …

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Republicans Are Trying to Take Away Your Health Care

(9 days ago) On Tuesday, Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) answered that question by adding an amendment to the American Health Care Act so odious that bloodthirsty Freedom Caucus members are already endorsing it.

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Communities of Color Worry About Vaccine Equity As State

(5 days ago) The county health department has identified two major changes that need to happen in public health: decolonizing public health practices and expanding the infrastructure of public health to

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When Will The Police Bureau Be Held Accountable for

(3 days ago) The state and county mental health system has, at times, proven to have fatal gaps. But, as Sarah Radcliffe, an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon tells me, “Even with a robust mental health

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The Feds and State Are Targeting a “Suspicious” Portland

(8 days ago) In the spring, state health officials notified RAM they want to revoke its license. They then tipped off the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to a list of worrisome potential federal crimes

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Calling Doctor Cheap-o!

(2 days ago) Health clinics around town all took a look at my age (21) and income (uh, poor) and pointed me to the same place: the walk-in clinic at homeless youth center Outside In.

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Multnomah County Employees “Torn” Over Request to

(Just Now) As Multnomah County officials work to slow the spread of COVID-19, county employees outside of the medical, public health, and first responder …

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UPDATED: Mask, Distance, Capacity Requirements Will Lift

(1 days ago) According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the state only needs to vaccinate 127,308 more people to reach the 70 percent threshold. As …

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Oregon’s Trans and Nonbinary Youth Struggle to Access

(8 days ago) Transgender and nonbinary young people in Oregon still face significant obstacles to accessing proper medical care, according to a new report from Oregon Health

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Oregon’s Mental Hospital is Being Flooded with Criminal

(2 days ago) Lynne Saxton came to Oregon lawmakers in late May with a calm but urgent plea. For years, the state’s top health official had watched as the mental health beds she controls at …

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City Hears Opposition to Continuation of Downtown Clean

(5 days ago) 2 days ago · Good Morning, News: Masks Recommended Statewide, Pandemic Funds Helped POC, and Mental Health Takes Center Stage at Olympics. by Wm. Steven Humphrey. UPDATED: Multnomah County, State Recommend

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Unity Center Nurses Want to Improve the Troubled

(2 days ago) The Unity Center, a 24-hour clinic run by Legacy Health, was created to streamline Portland's psychiatric emergency services by placing four …

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The Federal Government Has Sent Oregon 25 Percent of the

(9 days ago) Oregon is receiving two shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE)—gear medical workers use to protect their health in the face of COVID-19, …

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Q&A: Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Vines on the Future of

(3 days ago) Dr. Jennifer Vines doesn't have a crystal ball. But what the health officer for the Portland metro region does have is a critical understanding of viral diseases. Vines is responsible for leading

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Cops Insist On Bringing Guns into Portland’s New Mental

(7 days ago) At the Oregon State Hospital, the large state-run mental health facility in Salem, policy requires officers to stow both guns and pepper spray, according to spokesperson Jonathan Modie.

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Guest Editorial: Oregon's Mental Health Access Is Among

(9 days ago) [Dave Dahl is the founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, the author of The Good Seed, and a longtime mental health advocate. In the following guest editorial, Dahl talks about the …

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City Council Approves $600,000 Settlement with Terrell

(9 days ago) Portland City Council unanimously approved a $600,000 settlement agreement Wednesday to the family of Terrell Johnson, a 24-year-old man killed by a Portland police officer in 2017. The agreement

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Inside Portland's Patchwork System to Vaccinate

(8 days ago) The health center currently gets 1,100 doses a week from the state, but it is on track to get at least 2,500 more prime doses a week as a part of the federal government’s program to ensure

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At Half Capacity

(7 days ago) AT MENTAL HEALTH COURT last Thursday, July 23, a 32-year-old man only wanting to be identified as "A.K." for this article sat next to his lawyer, Metropolitan Public Defender Liz …

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The Criminalization of Mental Illness

(8 days ago) People in mental health crisis will stay on average four to 16 days at the center, says Dave Austin, with Multnomah County Department of Human Services.

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Updated: Oregon Health Officials "Confident" They'll Get

(9 days ago) Update, Tuesday March 10, 11 am: During a Monday afternoon press conference, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and epidemiologist, told reporters that …

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You Still Shouldn't Be Eating Willamette River Fish

(7 days ago) While the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has warned against eating Willamette River fish since 2004, it only just e xpanded its no-fish-eating zone to …

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Is Multnomah County's Jail System Prepared for COVID-19

(5 days ago) “What we’ve heard from public health experts, is that it’s not an ‘If,’ it’s a ‘When’ in terms of COVID-19 spreading through jails and prisons,” said Bobbin Singh, director of

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Coronavirus in the Pacific Northwest: How to Stay Healthy

(1 days ago) The CDC predicts public health systems and emergency medical services will be overloaded, "with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths," and law …

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How Are Oregon's Worker Protection Agencies Handing

(1 days ago) Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) typically receives around 40 complaints a week, according to Michael Wood, OSHA’s top …

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Portland Clinicians Prepare for Uptick in Mental Health

(9 days ago) Portland mental health providers are hoping to address their patients' increased instability before it turns into an emergency. At Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit that offers mental

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Multnomah County Must Wait At Least One Week Before Phase

(Just Now) Public Health Director Rachael Banks echoed this dismay regarding the week long wait, adding, “but we understand the state’s desire to be cautious and thoughtful in the face of a virus that

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Oregon Officials, Community Members Reflect on Pandemic As

(3 days ago) As the pandemic moves from a crisis situation to a more manageable public health issue, health officials are focusing their attention toward reducing the inequities in vaccination rates.

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TriMet Plans Mental Health Crisis Response Team Pilot

(3 days ago) TriMet plans to create a pilot program for a mobile crisis response team, a proposed alternative to sending police or security personnel to respond to transit users experiencing a mental health

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UPDATED: Multnomah County to Open Cooling Centers Through

(4 days ago) County Health Officer Jennifer Vines called the heat “life-threatening” and urged everyone to find someplace cool to spend time in the coming days. If Portlanders have an air conditioned space

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Latest Call For a Wapato Shelter Echoes Trump's Homeless

(1 days ago) While Portland already has health centers that cater to these scenarios, like Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-in Clinic, Turner said …

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A Feel Bad Story in Disguise: Two Florida Hospitals Won't

(2 days ago) Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will not bill survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre for out-of-pocket medical expenses, officials announced Wednesday. Instead, the

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City Council Grants $60,000 to Mentally Ill Victim of

(8 days ago) On February 9, 2017, two Portland police officers fired bullets into the abdomen and arm of 59-year-old Don Perkins, a man in an apparent mental health crisis. Perkins survived the …

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Man at Portland VA Hospital Dies In Oregon’s First

(8 days ago) A 70-year-old man has died of coronavirus at the Portland Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, marking Oregon’s first death in the COVID-19 pandemic. As …

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Multnomah County Unveils Plans For Addiction and Mental

(Just Now) Plans are underway to build a mental health and addiction resource center geared toward homeless people in downtown Portland. If built, it would be the first of its kind in the county. The

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Fewer Riders, More Cleaning, Heightened Uncertainty: How

(6 days ago) The MAX operator said they aren’t too concerned about their own health either, because TriMet has “provided us wipes and different stuff to wipe down the cabs, and all the air that I get is

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Mayor Wheeler Considers Eugene's Model of Mental Health

(Just Now) Whether it's the high cost of health insurance, the scarcity of state-funded psychiatric treatment beds, or the fear of an institutional setting, Portlanders with mental illnesses—especially

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Good Afternoon, News: Multnomah County Stays at High Risk

(9 days ago) The county health department aims to submit the equity plan to the Oregon Health Authority for approval to move to lower restrictions in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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Sunday Was World AIDS Day. Here’s What Oregon Is Doing to

(3 days ago) Sunday was World AIDS Day, a day for raising awareness and funding for HIV prevention and treatment that was started by the United Nations in 1988. For the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), it’s

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UPDATED: Heatwave Causes at Least 64 Deaths in Multnomah

(5 days ago) Update July 6, 8:50 am: At least 64 people died due to the record-breaking heatwave, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner announced over the weekend. Of …

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