Oregon State Health Assessment

The Oregon Health Authority is seeking respondents for their State Health Assessment, which describes the health of the population and identifies areas for the Oregon State Health Improvement Plan 2020-2024. Health departments are required to participate in this process once every 5 years.

If you identify as a person of color, LGBTQ, or disabled; were formerly incarcerated; or are currently experiencing housing instability, please consider adding your voices and experience to the the assessment. 

The survey is available in both English and Spanish. If you are unable to complete the online survey and would like a paper-based survey, please contact publichealth.policy@state.or.us or call 971-673-1222.

La División de Salud Pública de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón está realizando una evaluación de la salud del estado.

Los resultados de la evaluación de la salud del estado se usarán para identificar las prioridades para el Plan de Mejoramiento de la Salud del Estado de Oregón 2020-2024.

Nos gustaría conocer su opinión como parte de nuestro esfuerzo para recopilar información que se incluirá en la evaluación final de la salud del estado.

Para obtener más información sobre la evaluación de la salud del estado, visite www.healthOregón.org/sha o comuníquese con nosotros a publichealth.policy@state.or.us o llámenos al (971) 673-1222.

Posted on November 7, 2017 .

Senior Resource Fair - Multnomah County

The office of Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson will host a senior resource fair in partnership with Elders in Action. Multnomah County and its partners provide many important services to older adults in our community, but too often it can be difficult to access those services. That's why they are bringing them to you on Saturday, October 28, 10am-12:30pm at the Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233.

Posted on October 24, 2017 .

Make 211info your first stop to be prepared for emergencies!

Make 211info your first stop to be prepared for emergencies! We have sharpened our expertise and tools to pivot on a dime to deliver accurate, timely, actionable information to the public that saves lives and protects property in emergencies.

The Eagle Creek fire created turmoil, uncertainty and fear for people, business, transportation corridors, and for the future of our precious Gorge. 211info responded to over 5,000 inquires related to the Eagle Creek Fire by providing accurate and timely information about evacuation for people, pets, and stock animals as well as air quality and transportation concerns.

In August, 211info took the lead to communicate with the public about the eclipse, where and how to view it, how to navigate traffic and stay safe during wildfire season. This allowed local responder systems to maintain steady-state situational readiness to respond to any incident or accident during this extraordinary natural phenomenon that drew so many visitors to our beautiful state.

Last winter, we worked closely with our partners in Central Oregon helping to manage the response to record amounts of snow and ice. 211info is ready to respond whatever the weather-including flooding, wind, heat, or bitter cold.

We help our public health partners inform and protect vulnerable populations like seniors, children, or people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, get to safety in disasters. We get the word out about boil water notices in severe weather. We connect community members to learn how to be prepared for severe weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, or other emergencies. We help volunteer organizations coordinate shelter, food and water when times are tough. In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, the Poison Control Center and CareOregon, 211info launched an innovative hotline system in the face of H1N1, which has since been recognized as a national model.

211info’s multiple communication channels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week make it possible to reach out and connect with information and services, no matter the weather, or emergency disruption. You can contact us via our website, mobile app, call, text, or email for breaking information you need to keep your loved ones safe and secure in emergencies.

Posted on October 23, 2017 .

October is National Healthy Lung Month

October is National Healthy Lung Month

 

Healthy Lung Month brings attention to the global concerns of pollution, air quality, and respiratory issues like COPD, asthma, and lung cancers. In support of patients, doctors, survivors, family members, caregivers, and lung health advocacy organizations working together to raise awareness, we’re sharing some information on common home contaminants along with some resources for improving your own lung health!


 

Help Your Lungs & Eliminate Contaminants

 

Hazardous Building Materials

When many people think about hazardous building materials, it is often associated with lead and asbestos. Lead was commonly used for plumbing fittings, pipes, and as an ingredient in paints. Lead is poisonous and causes developmental complications if ingested by children under six.  

 

Asbestos in particular is a natural, fire-resistant mineral also known as the miracle mineral and was predominantly found as an additive in insulation products, roofing shingles, cements, and paints. Depending on the renovation history of a particular structure, it could still contain asbestos. With materials containing this asbestos mineral, any amount of damage to them can pose a serious health risk simply due to inhalation or ingestion of airborne asbestos particles. Exposure to asbestos can cause respiratory illnesses that develop in the lungs such as asbestosis, or mesothelioma. oth of these illnesses have similar latency periods, therefor, individuals often experience symptoms that mimic more common illnesses. A notable yet unfortunate difference between the two is the shorter life expectancy for mesothelioma patients, whereas asbestosis victims could live with their disease for decades.

Mesothelioma is 99% preventable by avoiding exposure to asbestos and still, asbestos is not entirely banned in the United States. To this day, grandfathered products are allowed to contain up to 1% of asbestos, so every homeowner-tenant should take the correct measures to have the property inspected by an asbestos specialist. If you suspect presence of any of these contaminants, seek professional help.

 

For residents of Oregon, consult this list of certified asbestos contractors.

 

For residents of Washington, consult this list of certified asbestos contractors.


 

Leaking Gas Appliances and Exhaust

From gas furnaces and stoves to vehicle and industrial exhaust, Carbon Monoxide is toxic, odorless, and released as a byproduct of combustion. Gas appliances can cause particular harm, especially if they’re not properly installed or vented. Traditionally, homeowners will notice the effects of low level CO poisoning by experiencing symptoms such as headaches, sinus sensitivities, dizziness, and vomiting which will cause them to leave the building. However, extremely high concentrations become deadly within minutes. Therefore, all homeowners and tenants should install and maintain CO detectors to alert occupants of any changing conditions.

 

Chemical Fumes

What’s that smell? It could be common household cleaners, fuels, adhesives, and paints that are releasing toxic fumes and can be contributing to headaches, sinus sensitivities, and breathing complications. Inorganic chemicals found in common products cannot always be processed and eliminated from the body, leading them to build up over time. Known to cause serious organ damage and even cancers, prolonged exposure to inorganic toxins is not advised. High concentration exposure can cause dizziness, vomiting, blackouts, and even death. Although less common, chemical pneumonia can occur when harsh chemicals cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the lungs. There are a number of determining factors when discussing the toxicity of specific chemicals, however a good rule of thumb is to treat every product as if it were dangerous and follow proper safety precautions.

 

Radioactive Gas

Radioactive gases are released as a byproduct of decomposing soils and rocks. Although they are normally released safely into the atmosphere, radon for example, can enter a building through loose foundations or exposed soil basements. Although there are safe levels of exposure, long term contact with high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. Monitoring radon levels is less common that other gases, but just as important. Over 6 million homes are exposed to varying levels of radon and therefore every homeowner and tenants should be aware of the potential hazard, and monitor for any extreme fluctuations. If you would like to learn how to test your home for radon and for further information visit http://www.healthoregon.org/radon

 

Posted on October 16, 2017 .

Family Caregiver Appreciation Day

The 1st annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day offers a free day of rest and rejuvenation for unpaid family caregivers in the Columbia River Gorge. Taking place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10am-4pm at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place in Hood River, this event will provide pampering and education for family caregivers including: 

  • Massage, beauty products, and self-care workshops
  • Education on common caregiving topics
  • Connections to local resources for you and your loved one
  • Catered lunch

Respite care for your loved one is available on site or in their home (screening required). Register by phone at 541-298-4101 or online

Posted on October 16, 2017 .

Medicaid Community Conversation

The Southwest Washington Accountable Community Of Health (SWACH)is hosting a community conversation to help people learn more about the state-wide project to improve Medicaid (also known as Washington Apple Health), and to give you the chance to provide feedback on changes you'd like to see. If you are a Medicaid recipient, have friends or family receiving Medicaid, or work with Medicaid recipients, SWACH wants to hear from you. 

The event will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 5pm-7pm at the YWCA Clark County Community Room, 3609 Main Street in Vancouver. Your entire family is welcome to attend. There will be a children's activity corner, and a hot and fresh dinner will be provided to all who attend. 

Reserve your seat by emailing Jennifer Lule at jennifer.lule@southwestach.org or call 360-521-2413. 

Posted on October 11, 2017 .

Lane County Veterans Stand Down

ALL Veterans Welcome as well as Reservists, Active Duty Personnel — and their families! Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon.

6:30am Check In
7:30am Breakfast
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm DOD Gear

Services include:
Limited Medical & Dental Vision Care,
Two Hot Meals
Haircuts
Toiletries
Civilian Clothing
Women’s Area
Bike Repair
Pet Food
Legal Advice/Aid
Family Services
Veteran Benefits
Job Fair
Housing Programs
DOD Gear
and more!

Posted on October 11, 2017 .

Habitat for Humanity Program Openings

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will begin accepting applications for their homeownership program beginning October 14, 2017. Those interested in learning more about the program are recommended to attend one of the homeowner orientations held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 14, 2107 at 9am or 1pm, 907 Harney Street, Vancouver
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6pm, 10811 SE Second Street, Vancouver

To register, call 360-737-1759 or send an email to melissa@ehfh.org. 

Posted on October 11, 2017 .

OHSU Focus Groups

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center are seeking Oregon residents, ages 18 and older, to join a 60-90 minute focus group (guided conversation) with five to ten other people. Refreshments will be provided. 

OHSU is seeking your thoughts and opinions about participating in genetic research, and wants to learn about your understanding of genetic testing and inherited cancers. OHSU is interested in hearing from all members of the community, including cancer survivors and patients, physicians, and others with an interest in inherited cancers.

Focus group locations are available throughout the State of Oregon. To RSVP, call 503-418-9832, email communityresearch@ohsu.edu, or sign up online.

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

Washougal Community Survey

The Unite! Washougal Community Coalition is seeking respondents who are 18 years and older, and live and/or work in Washougal to complete the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative survey, available online in English and Spanish. The survey asks about your views on youth substance use within the community, is anonymous, and completely voluntary. The survey will takes 10 minutes to complete. 

Esta encuesta es voluntaria. Eso significa que usted puede negarse a contestar cualguier pregunta o detener la encuesta en cualguier momento. La encuesta le hace preguntas acerca de sus opiniones sobre el uso de sustancias de los jovenes en la comunidad. Esta encuesta le llevara unos 10 minutos. 

Questions about the survey can be directed to unitewashougal2015@gmail.com. To complete the survey, visit the online link for English or Spanish

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

Medicare 101 in Curry County

Information and assistance for Medicare open enrollment on Friday, October 13 from 9am-11am at the Chetco Activity Center 550 Chetco Lane, Brookings, Oregon

Medicare starts at age 65. Open enrollment is October 15-December 7. Know your deadlines for enrolling to avoid late enrollment penalties. Call now to reserve a spot at 541-469-6822.

Posted on October 9, 2017 .

Dementia Education Workshop

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is hosting a free Dementia Education Workshop, open to veterans, caregivers, and community members. In this workshop, you will learn about dementia, diagnosis, and how it affects your loved one. Three opportunities are available: 

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 10am-noon at the Vancouver Clinic, 1601 E 4th Plain Blvd in Vancouver
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 10am-noon at the West Linn Clinic, 1750 SW Blankenship Rd, Ste 300 in West Linn
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 10am-noon at the Hillsboro Clinic, 1925 Amber Glen Parkway, Ste 300 in Hillsboro

Register by calling Kristi Ketchum at 503-220-8262, ext. 58594 or Laura Tauber at 503-220-8262, ext. 51151.

Posted on October 9, 2017 .

North Portland Compassion Clinic

Hosted by the Church of Gresham in collaboration with Compassion Connect and Adventist Health, the North Portland Compassion Clinic will be held at Cathedral Gardens Apartments Community Center, 8652 N Swift Way in Portland, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10am-2pm. A free lunch will be provided. Services offered include: 

  • Basic medical exams, including blood pressure screenings
  • Dental exams, including extractions and fillings
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Vision screenings
  • Haircuts
Posted on October 9, 2017 .

Free Breast Exams and Mammograms

PeaceHealth’s Kearney Breast Centers, in partnership with the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program, will provide free clinical breast exams and digital 3D mammograms for uninsured and/or underinsured women. Free screenings are available to women ages 40 and older who have no current breast health issues, are Washington residents, and who qualify through the Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program. 

The event will be held at two locations: 

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9am-1pm at PeaceHealth St. John in Longview, 1615 Delaware Street
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9am-1pm at PeaceHealth Southwest in Vancouver, 200 NE Mother Joseph Place

Women who wish to determine whether they qualify should call 800-992-1817 ext. 1. The program provides financial assistance for women at certain income levels. Additional information can be found at PeaceHealth's website

Posted on October 9, 2017 .

Longview Fire Open House

To celebrate Fire Prevention week, October 8-14, 2017, the Longview Fire Department is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10am-2pm. Located at 740 Commerce Avenue in Longview, the event will include fire safety demonstrations, firefighting equipment displays, automobile extrication demonstration, an antique fire engine, public safety agency booths, Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog, a junior firefighter hose challenge, button making, and a fire sprinkler system demonstration. Refreshments will also be served. 

Posted on October 8, 2017 .

Financial Recovery Class

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Authority are presenting a free financial recovery class, where you can learn how to rebuild your credit after a financial setback. The class will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 10am-noon in the WGAP Conference Room, 683 Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson. 

To register, contact Sonia Chavez at 541-370-2291 or email soniac@mid-columbiahousingauthority.org. 

Posted on October 7, 2017 .

National School Lunch Week

October 9-13 is National School Lunch week and we want to celebrate by making sure all families know about applying for school meals.

This year universal free lunches will not be available in some schools. In some districts, such as Portland Public Schools, families at impacted schools should fill out free meal applications by October 11, 2017. Apply for free and reduced priced meals online. For families outside of Portland, apply online here. All family information will be kept secure.

Posted on October 7, 2017 .

Do you receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, WIC or SSI?

Do you or someone you know receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, WIC or SSI? Check out these additional programs and discounts you or someone you know may be eligible for.  

Discounted tickets for Arts, Dance and Theater

List of Theaters and Museums that offer $5 tickets for SNAP recipients. Check out the link below for the list and more info.  

https://www.racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Arts_for_All_English.pdf

https://racc.org/artsforall/

Portland Children’s Museum – $1 per person per visit Or $15 per family per year. Anyone who receives public assistance (WIC, EBT, free/reduced school lunches, TANF, Medicaid, etc.) can be admitted to the Portland Children’s Museum for $1 per person. Proof of eligibility is required.

Oregon History Society – FREE for up to 4 people. An EBT card can provide free admission for up to four people and a 10% discount in the museum store through the Museums for All initiative.

Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries- If you have an Oregon Trail Card, you can receive a discount on spay and neuter surgeries for your pets. For more information, please contact your local humane society.

Application for Naturalization costs- Those receiving public benefits like TANF, SSI, LINK, SNAP or Medicaid and whose families earn less than 150% of the federal poverty level may be eligible for fee waivers.

Reduced Phone and/or Internet service

Oregon Lifeline, Oregonians who receive one of the qualifying benefits (SNAP, TANF, SSI, Medicaid Free Lunch Program)  may receive up to a $12.75 reduction on their monthly bill for local residential telephone or cellular service.

Comcast Internet Essentials- Participants may receive a low-cost internet connection and computer along with free internet classes. To be eligible households must have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program (same eligibility as SNAP) .

Century Link Internet Basics- Provides a low-cost, basic internet connection, Some households may also qualify for reduced-cost home phone services from Centurylink. Eligible households must be receiving one or more benefits (SNAP, FPHA, SSI, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits)

Posted on October 3, 2017 .

Free Community Document Shred Event

Clark County Green Neighbors and Whole Foods are hosting a free shredding event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10am-2pm in the Whole Foods Parking Lot, 815 SE 160th Avenue in Vancouver. The general rule is anything with the following information should be shredded: account numbers, birth dates, maiden names, passwords and PINs, signatures, and social security numbers. Please do not bring receipts, junk mail, magazines & catalogs, office paper, flyers/brochures, or coupons. There is a limit of 2 bankers boxes per person. For more information, call Clark County Public Health at 360-397-2121, ext. 4352.

Posted on September 20, 2017 .