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All Evacuation Levels Dropped for Umpqua North Fires
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 09/19/17 9:11 AM
Effective Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at noon, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Fire Managers will lift all evacuations related to the Umpqua North Fires.

Residents living in the Dry Creek/Illahee area (Hwy 138 E, milepost 46.5 to 49.5), Slide Creek area (Hwy 138 E, milepost 53 to 56), Toketee Village (Hwy 138 E, milepost 56 to 58.5) and Toketee Ranger Station (Hwy 138 E, milepost 58.5 to 61) were previously under a Level 1 or "Be Ready" Evacuation notice.

The lifting of this notice means no homes are currently being threatened by any of the fires in the Umpqua North Complex.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and our firefighting partners ask that all residents have an emergency plan and live in a state of preparedness for when disasters may strike. You may find resources at www.dcso.com/preparedness_N.asp or www.ready.gov
FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for College Students - Part 1 (employment)
FBI - Oregon - 09/19/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense for college students.

Parents -- this time of year is tough, there's no doubt about it. Your kids are headed to college, and whether you are excited or just relieved that they will finally be out of your hair, the stress is real. Beyond the emotional toll this can take, your wallet is about to take a hit, too. Tuition, books, room and board not to mention the mini-fridge, midnight pizza runs and more can break the bank.

Time for this kid to get a job, right ?! Yes -- with some caveats. College students are particularly vulnerable to getting suckered by scammers offering great jobs with good pay. They often advertise around college campuses or even send emails to their student accounts.

It's easy to apply -- simply fill out an online application, complete with personal info such as full name, date of birth and Social Security number. The scam artist now has everything he needs to steal the student's identity. He can open fraudulent bank accounts, credit cards and the like with ease.

In some cases, the fraudster will send the student a check as a signing bonus or first paycheck. The student is asked to cash the check, take a bit out for himself and send the rest to a specified vendor for supplies or needed software. The check, of course, is bogus, and the fraudster actually controls the bank account of what your student thought was a legitimate business vendor.

The bank may close your student's account due to the fraudulent activity, and he is now responsible for reimbursing the bank for the counterfeit check. His credit history takes a hit, too.

So how can a student protect himself from such a scam?

Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions of such checks to other individuals or accounts.
Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
Forward suspicious e-mails to the college's IT personnel.

Employment scams are not the only concern for college students these days. Next week, we will look at other ways fraudsters are going after your kids.

In the meantime, if you have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - College Kid Employment - ENGLISH Audio , TT - College Kid Employment - SPANISH Written , TT - College Kid Employment - SPANISH Audio , TT - College Kid Employment - RUSSIAN Written , TT - College Kid Employment - RUSSIAN Audio
Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 18 September 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/18/17 9:52 AM
Eagle Creek Fire Size: 48,387 acres
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

Summary

Rain began falling across the fire late Sunday afternoon, reducing fire activity. Earlier in the day gusty west winds did increase fire behavior in some areas, especially on the east side of Shellrock Mountain where bucket drops were used to cool hot spots. A column of smoke was also visible as fire burned slowly south in the Herman Creek drainage.

Firefighters were ready to engage where necessary, but spent most of the day preparing fire lines for rains predicted this week. Work included removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to mitigate erosion along fire lines.

Lines are well secured on the southwest corner and along the I-84 corridor to Wyeth. All contingency lines along the south and east sides remains in place, though no significant additional growth is expected on the fire given predicted weather. Even with rain, smoldering and creeping fire can be expected within the fire perimeter for some time. Smoke will continue to be visible.

Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line. Fire managers will monitor conditions to ensure they are safe for firefighters. Crews may be moved from the line to safe locations if conditions warrant.

Both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest have issued signed closure orders for areas within and surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire. We want to emphasize the importance of adhering to these closures and not attempting to enter a closed area. Rolling rocks, falling trees, and loose soil resulting from the rain make it hazardous to travel within these areas. You put yourself and first responders at risk if you breach a closure.

The Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Washington is 100% contained. Equipment back-haul and fire line repair will continue today.

A cold front moved over the fire Sunday night, bringing significant precipitation. Showers, heavy at times, are predicted Monday and Tuesday, with another significant front moving over the fire Wednesday. As precipitation falls across the fire new hazards may emerge, including falling rock and trees on steep slopes and cliffs. If heavier precipitation hits later this week, debris flows are possible in smaller streams and channels.

Resources Assigned: 16 crews (1-Type 1, 8-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 23 Engines; 7 Helicopters; 2 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 626 Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/
Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 16 September 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/17 8:27 AM
Eagle Creek Fire Size: 45,579 acres

Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

A community meeting is scheduled for 12 PM on Saturday, September 16 at the Hood River Valley High School to share information on the Eagle Creek Fire.

Summary:

Firefighter control efforts focus on the outer perimeter of the fire. Smoke and flames may be visible as pockets of unburned fuel are consumed within the interior of the fire.

Temperatures remain seasonable with a high of 72 degrees with east, northeast winds at 15-25 mph. The relative humidity remains low ranging from 20-30 percent. Saturday evening into Sunday winds are expected to begin shifting to the southwest, as a cold front moves into the area bringing cloudy conditions, a chance of precipitation, higher humidity and lower temperatures.

Active fire behavior is expected primarily on the southern and western edge of the fire with dry conditions and east, northeast winds. Firefighters will be reinforcing and holding lines along the west side of the fire. The Bell Creek drainage is expected to receive windy conditions and active fire behavior. Aerial operations will support firefighters with direct water drops to assist holding and firing operations as conditions allow. Mop up continues along the Interstate 84 corridor and reinforcement of lines on the east side of the fire. Work to stabilize fire lines in advance of possible precipitation will be occurring all over the fire area.

Today Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) task forces will continue work making structures better prepared against wildfire. Weather and fire conditions will be monitored to ensure that fire crews are best positioned to protect structures in the event of increased fire behavior.

The Archer Mountain Fire is 100 percent contained with crews on site continuing mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation of fire lines.


Resources Assigned: 27 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8-Type 2 Initial Attack); 61 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 18 Water Tenders; 1,060 Personnel.


Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/
Fugitive captured by Klamath County SRT and U.S. Marshall's Service (Klamath County)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/17 12:09 PM
Release submitted on behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Photo on attachment)


INITIAL INCIDENT: On 06/21/17 at 7:25pm, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to a 911 report of an assault at 37776 Modoc Point Road. An 84-year-old neighbor had been shot in the leg by a male suspect, who had just been involved in a serious assault against a 17-year-old girl. The neighbor intervened in the assault against the girl and was shot by the suspect.

The investigation revealed Charles (Charlie) Jackson (age 35) was the reported assailant of both the 17-year-old girl and the neighbor.

UPDATE: Tonight (09/19/17) at 7:05pm, Charles Jackson was taken into custody and charged with crimes stemming from the June 2017 assaults. Charles Jackson was located, once again, with the same 17-year-old female victim. They were found hiding in a dark and wet campsite near the Cherry Creek Trailhead off Westside Road - between Rocky Point and Fort Klamath, OR.

Jackson was in possession of a rifle and a stolen car when arrested by a tactical team comprised of members from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Special Response Team), and the United States Marshall Service-Fugitive Task Force. In addition, key in the successful operation were spotters and an aircraft provided by Emergency Airlift.

The United States Marshall's Service and the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) were instrumental in helping track and locate the suspect over the past several months.

Attached is a photograph of Charles (Charlie) Jackson. He is being held in the Klamath County Detention Center.


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108075/Media_Release_Jackson_Arrest_091917.doc
Two murder suspects arrested following Chiloquin homicide investigation. (Klamath County)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 9:57 AM
The following is released on behalf and in coordination with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Klamath County D.A. Media Release

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / 8:45 am

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release

On September 17, 2017, at 12:03 a.m. Arnie Lee Eggsman (32 years of age) of Chiloquin, Oregon was shot and killed in Chiloqin. The Major Crime Team was activated and investigators from Oregon State Police, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office and Klamath Falls Police Department responded to investigate.

Local Chiloquin residents and witnesses immediately provided valuable information to assist the investigators and the two suspects were quickly identified as Kyle Joseph Steele (DOB 8/29/1996) and Tevin R. Lafond (DOB 8/29/1996). Both have the same date of birth

Oregon State Police took the lead on the murder investigation. Yesterday evening, with the cooperation of Nevada Law Enforcement, OSP Detectives took first Tevin R. Lafond into custody and later around 11:30 p.m. arrested Kyle Steele. Both suspects will be extradited to the State of Oregon and prosecuted here in Klamath County for murder, assault I, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and other potential charges. Law enforcement and the Klamath County District Attorney want to bring them them to justice and bring swift closure to the family and friends of the victim.

Media Contact:
Eve Costello, Klamath County District Attorney
541-331-3851

End Release

Please direct any further media inquires to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108039/Eggsman_Murder_september_19_2017.docx
Federal
BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/22/17 9:11 AM
Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
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The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 13.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Attached Media Files: BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations , Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
National Public Lands Day on the Rogue River (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/21/17 8:50 AM
Rogue River
Rogue River
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Medford, Ore. -- On September 30, the Bureau of Land Management will host a National Public Lands Day Rogue River clean up! Volunteers are needed from McGregor Park to Nugget Falls on the Rogue River. The event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to register early for water or land clean up crews - boat spaces are limited. Gloves, garbage bags, water, and first aid kits will be provided for all volunteers.

Please note, there are several meeting spots for this clean up. Specific directions will be given when you sign up for a particular spot. Meeting spots include Casey State Park near Lost Creek Lake (on Hwy 62), Dodge Bridge Day use area (off OR-234) TouVelle State Park Day Use Area (Table Rock rd in Central Point), and Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

Lunch and fun for volunteers will take place after the clean up at TouVelle Park at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register for specific crews and locations, contact Sam Whitridge at (541) 414-9064 or info@roguepartner.org.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America's public lands.

Additional information about this event is available at: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/rogue-river-cleanup-npld.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Rogue River , Rogue River
State
State Honors and Remembers 169 Fallen Fire Fighers
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/21/17 3:42 PM
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The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training hosted the 12th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. The ceremony was held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Tim Moor, President of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and Fire Chief of Redmond Fire & Rescue, was this year's guest speaker.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The names on the memorial span more than a century of service. These are not just names of firefighters. They are the names of co-workers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and friends.

Each name on the memorial tells the story of the Oregon fire service. The memorial recognizes what is believed to be the first line of duty death in Oregon which occurred on August 16, 1891 when Firefighter James Reed of the Protection Engine Company #4 collapsed and died of a heart attack while pulling a hand-drawn fire engine to a blaze in Portland, Oregon.

Following the featured speaker, honor guard members read the names of Oregon's fallen, tolled a fire bell in their honor, and place two wreaths next to the memorial wall recognizing deceased career, volunteer firefighters who protect Oregon' communities, airports, and natural resources.

At the end of the ceremony, the U.S. flag was folded and placed at the memorial wall by the combined honor guard while "Amazing Grace" was played by the combined pipes and drums and a bugler playing the solemn notes of "Taps."

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The State memorial, which was established twelve years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 169 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget.

While no names were added to the Oregon memorial this year, in a few weeks, thousands will gather at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 7 -- 8, 2017 where the names of 67 firefighters who died in 2016 across the United States will be added during a solemn ceremony.

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at http://www.firehero.org


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1187/108123/Fallem_FF_Memorial_2017_C.jpg , Fallen FF Memorial , Fallen FF Memorial , Fallen FF Memorial
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/17/17 5:04 PM
Kenneth Allen
Kenneth Allen
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday Morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

TRCI staff were attending to complaints from Kenneth Allen, 23, when he became unresponsive. Security and medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts which continued until Umatilla Emergency Medical Technicians arrived and pronounced Allen deceased at 11:09 a.m.

Allen entered DOC custody on January 14, 2016, on three counts of theft and one count of possession of heroin out of Jackson County. His expected release date was December 22, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institutional work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Kenneth Allen
Committee for Family Forestlands meets September 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/19/17 2:30 PM
Date: September 19, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, September 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The meeting will be via conference call hosted in the Sun Pass Room, Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Salem. The committee will:
Receive a general update from the Private Forest Division
Learn about Oregon Forest Practices Act streamside buffer and bald eagle rule changes and implementing the rules
Review its 2017 Work Plan

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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Be alert for landslides in recently burned areas of Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/19/17 10:44 AM
With flash flood watches in effect for multiple areas of Oregon, be alert for landslides.

The National Weather Service is continuing flash flood watches for fire burn areas in northwest Oregon through Wednesday morning. Flash flood watches are also in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon for fire burn areas in southwest Oregon, including the Chetco Bar and North Umpqua Complex wildfire burn scars.

"Heavy rain can lead to landslides and debris flows, especially in wildfire burn scars," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "With the rain continuing, be aware of the hazard in wildfire burn areas and the areas below them."

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can contain boulders and logs transported in a fast-moving soil and water slurry down steep hillsides and through narrow canyons. They can easily travel a mile or more. A debris flow moves faster than a person can run.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Extreme caution should be used when traveling.

According to DOGAMI, hazardous areas can include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet September 22
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/17 8:25 AM
September 22, 2017

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee.

When: Friday, September 22, 2-4 p.m. Public testimony will be heard at 2:10 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, OHA Transformation Center Training Room, Suite 775, 421 SW Oak Street, Portland. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 877-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Pamela Naylor at 503-559-2216, 711 TTY or pamela.naylor@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
WIC staffers often first to ID developmental, behavioral issues in kids
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/17 8:16 AM
September 21, 2017

New study finds WIC employees hear about problems during nutrition consultations with families, make referrals to services

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program staff members who provide preventive health and nutrition services for families often are the first to identify developmental and behavioral issues among the young children they're serving, a new study shows.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found that although it is outside the primary scope of their work, WIC staff members frequently raise and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children whose families they are working with.

"WIC staff members spend a great deal of time talking with families about child development concerns while delivering WIC services, even though WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services," said study co-author Julie Reeder, PhD, MPH, senior research analyst with Oregon's WIC Program, based at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division.

The findings by researchers at OHA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) suggest that strengthening the system for referring families to community services that can address developmental and behavioral issues, and enhancing continuity of care between WIC and developmental providers, may improve child outcomes and reduce disparities.

"We know that developmental disabilities affect one in six kids in the United States, and low-income and minority children are at risk for under-identification and treatment of developmental disabilities," said the study's lead author, Katharine Zuckerman, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and OHSU School of Medicine.

For the study, researchers analyzed results from an online survey of more than 150 individuals who work in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC. They found WIC staff members reported frequent interactions with families about topics related to child development. Nearly four in 10 WIC staff were asked about a child's development at least once per week, and nearly three in 10 noticed a developmental concern about a child at least once per week."

"Given that the majority of WIC staff in our study could distinguish many instances of typical versus delayed development in young children, it is likely that many of the developmental concerns raised by WIC staff were well founded," the study's authors wrote.

But even as the developmental concerns were prevalent, WIC staff members felt poorly connected to local developmental resources. The study found that almost 70 percent felt less than very connected with their county's early intervention/early childhood special education program (EI/ECSE) office, and 74 percent felt less than well connected with most pediatric health care providers. WIC staffers who fielded the most developmental concerns also felt poorly connected to primary care and community developmental resources.

The study recommended that WIC staff members be provided more support to effectively refer children with developmental conditions and to improve continuity of care once early intervention or early childhood special education services are initiated.

"...Although WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services and not to diagnose or address childhood developmental delays, WIC staff nonetheless spend significant time engaging with families on this topic in the course of delivery of standard WIC services," the study's authors concluded.

As a result, WIC staff members and families may benefit from additional support for developmental issues. Such support could come in the form of family handouts, trainings for existing staff, additional personnel to handle developmental concerns, or even in the form of improved partnerships with community developmental resources.

"While we are working on enhancing training opportunities for WIC staff, this article really is an awareness-raising tool," Reeder said. "It shows physicians and early intervention staff that WIC staff are a potential additional source of information about developmental delays."

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The study can be found at http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/toc/2017/06000.
Health advisory issued for the Link, Klamath rivers to Keno Dam
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 2:24 PM
September 20, 2017

High blue-green algae, toxins found in Klamath County rivers, reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today for the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam, located downstream of Upper Klamath Lake. These areas are south of the city of Klamath Falls, off U.S. Route 97 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in these areas south of Upper Klamath Lake. The toxin concentrations found can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should always avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red. Swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating where ingestion and inhalation exposure can occur is discouraged. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of these water activities in areas where a bloom has been identified, or an advisory issued, can expose people to the toxins being produced. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities that come into contact with a bloom may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area.

Drinking water directly from areas of the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected areas are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from the this stretch of water and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to the Link and Klamath rivers for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake, and from licking their fur in the event they swim in affected water.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit the Link and Klamath rivers and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets September 21 in Hood River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 1:27 PM
September 20, 2017

What: The monthly public conference meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: Reproductive health program changes; public health modernization process measures; State Health Assessment community engagement; proposed TPEP budget changes; CLHO committee structure planning; fiscal 2017 expenditure reporting; and OHA and local public health updates

When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Drive, Hood River

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee to meet September 22
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:29 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee

Agenda: Discussions on proposed rule language; statement of fiscal impact; next steps in rulemaking process; process review and final questions

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1E, Portland

Who: The Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from health care and public health stakeholders dedicated to the comprehensive collection of incidence data for cancer surveillance, prevention and control efforts for the state of Oregon.

Details: The meeting is open to the public. Space is limited. People can attend the meeting remotely via telephone by calling 877-810-9415, participation code 975182.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Brad Beauchamp, 971-673-1020, 711 TTY, or bradley.m.beauchamp@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 26 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:04 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve August meeting minutes; make recommendation for dental visits metric; approve local public health process measures.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. Conference call line: 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
OHA concludes review of Youth Marijuana Use Prevention Pilot Campaign
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/17 2:50 PM
September 19, 2017

More young people identify social norms around youth marijuana use, understand the legal consequences of use

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon Health Authority (OHA) education campaign aimed at youth and young adults raised awareness among its target audience of the risks associated with marijuana use, an independent evaluation has found.

"Stay True to You," OHA's youth marijuana use prevention campaign, was launched in July 2016 in two pilot communities--the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and Southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties). RMC Research Corp., contracted by OHA to evaluate the campaign, found that after one year a statistically significant higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that only one in five Oregon high school juniors use marijuana.

The evaluation also showed that a significantly higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that possession of marijuana by persons under age 21 can result in a steep fine, community service or court-ordered drug treatment.

"We know that social norms and perceived risk of use are known predictors of substance use behavior," said Kati Moseley, OHA policy specialist at the OHA Public Health Division. "In the face of increased marijuana industry advertising, this campaign communicated those two crucial messages effectively to our audience."

The final evaluation is available on the Oregon Public Health Division website at http://healthoregon.org/marijuana under "Publications."

OHA launched the pilot campaign in the summer of 2016 in the midst of increased marijuana advertising and access to retail marijuana--recent changes that may promote underage marijuana use. Although the magnitude of marijuana advertising in Oregon is unknown, marijuana retail locations are more common than Starbucks in Oregon.

Youth and young adult attitudes--including intent to delay marijuana use until age 21--have held steady in this environment. The effects of the campaign on youth marijuana use are limited in the absence of coordinated education, support and services implemented in collaboration with counties, tribes, coordinated care organizations and schools in Oregon. Evidence shows media campaigns are most effective when started in the context of these community-wide supports for youth, parents and families.

OHA recommends adopting policies to track marijuana advertising; limit marijuana marketing and promotion; prohibit the sale of flavored products; and maintain local control to protect Oregon's youth and young adults from the potential negative health effects of marijuana use.

Background on Stay True to You campaign and evaluation

After the legalization and ongoing rollout of recreational marijuana, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, which provided OHA with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign in a rural and urban area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area and southern Oregon as the locations for the pilot campaign.

OHA developed the campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. OHA conducted 28 focus groups in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults ages 14 through 20. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaska native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

OHA announced in July 2017 that the campaign would expand to the rest of the state.

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Direct report download: http://bit.ly/2xNfwsk
Marine Board Meeting in La Pine October 5
Oregon Marine Board - 09/21/17 11:42 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting in La Pine on October 5, at La Pine City Hall, located at 16345 Sixth Street. The meeting begins at 8:30 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Adopt rules for Division 015 --Ocean Charter Vessels to amend definitions; clarify safety and equipment rules
Adopt rules for Division 016 --Outfitter/Guide Registration to amend safety and equipment rules; adopt rules for drug, health and knowledge testing
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0164 --Visual Distress Signals
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-020-0385 --Boat Operations in Yamhill and Marion Counties with respect to wake-enhancing device restriction and deadline
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR -250-016-0040 --Proof of Registration Compliance; Hunt tag program fees
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0650 --Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program with respect to issuing permits to liveries and commercial businesses

The Board will also consider a boating facility grant request from the South Wasco Parks and Recreation District for north Pine Hollow reservoir boat ramp improvements.

The meeting will enter an executive session per ORS 192.660(2)(i) and upon conclusion, will reconvene back to the general meeting to hear the Director's informational agency report.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/18/17 2:36 PM
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, including Rock Point Cemetery in Gold Hill and Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/28/17
State Library of Oregon - 09/20/17 4:42 PM
The Executive Committee of the State Library Board will meet by phone on Thursday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 28, 2017
11:30 a.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

11:30 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

12:00 p.m. Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 20, 2017 Bonebrake

12:15 Other business Bonebrake

12:30 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting one adult in Grant Pass
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/18/17 4:23 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on September 18, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., in the 300 Block of SE G Street in Grants Pass, OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Local Red Cross Sends 25 Disaster Responders to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief Operations (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/18/17 12:38 PM
Boats thrown from water - Key West
Boats thrown from water - Key West
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Red Cross responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington have deployed to the Southeast following two unprecedented hurricanes with another storm on the horizon.

PORTLAND, Ore., September 18, 2017 -- Disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on the ground in Texas and Florida helping communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with shelter, food, water, cleanup supplies and recovery assistance.

Responders from Saint Helens, Grants Pass, Williams, Portland, Bend, Eugene, Keizer, Junction City, Dallas, Salem, Florence, Tigard, Medford, Vernonia, Springfield, Monmouth and Camas, Washington, are assisting affected communities by working in disaster relief shelters, delivering food and water to affected neighborhoods, providing emergency financial assistance, helping with family reunification, and delivering health and mental health services to people in need.

Southwest Oregon Chapter Executive Director, Carisa Hettich traveled from her home in Eugene to Houston where she started out helping at a 2,000 person relief shelter and is now traveling in an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to deliver food, water and cleanup supplies in communities that need help.

"There is extreme devastation here. People's possessions are piled on the side of the road, destroyed by floodwaters," said Hettich. "They have nothing and are grateful for all we are doing to help. I can't erase the damage but I can give people a warm meal, water and a hug to let them know it's going to be ok."

Red Cross volunteer responder, Judy Kimmons drove from her home in Medford across the country in an ERV to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

"Thousands of people are without power, billboards are ripped down and strewn across the highway and boats have been thrown from the water and onto the shore," Kimmons said. "We've been focused on getting food to people without electricity and are bracing for other storms on the horizon."

The American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need.

HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA
In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 934,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes. Shelters were opened in eight states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Red Cross has served more than 3 million meals and snacks to people in need.
More than 6,400 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 300 emergency response vehicles are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
More than 73 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

HURRICANE HARVEY
Overnight, more than 4,600 people stayed in 25 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas and Louisiana. To date, there have been nearly 394,000 overnight shelter stays provided for Hurricane Harvey.
Along with our partners, we have served more than 2.3 million meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana.
More than 3,500 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, with almost 280 more on the way.
More than 170 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest hit areas of Texas and Louisiana.
Mental health and health services professionals have provided nearly 76,000 contacts to provide support and care to people in Texas and Louisiana.
We've distributed nearly 655,000 relief items, such as diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items, in Texas and Louisiana.
The Red Cross has already distributed $45 million in financial assistance to more than 100,000 qualified households who needed immediate help. This assistance has helped more than 365,000 people including more than 10,000 households headed by military veterans.

HURRICANE IRMA
Overnight, almost 3,600 people were provided refuge in 55 government and Red Cross shelters across Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes:
In Florida, more than 3,200 people in 47 evacuation shelters.
In Georgia, 24 people in one shelter.
On the U.S. Virgin Islands, 162 people in four evacuation shelters.
In Puerto Rico, more than 182 people in three evacuation shelters.
To date, evacuation centers have provided more than half a million (541,000) overnight stays to people needing a safe place to go.
Along with our partners, we have served more than 747,000 meals and snacks across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We've distributed more than 88,000 relief items, such as diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mental health and health services professionals have provided more than 16,000 contacts to provide support and care to those affected across six states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers are responding to Irma now, with more than 300 more volunteers on the way.
More than 120 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help.

HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating storms and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief for those affected.
Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.


Attached Media Files: Local Red Cross Sends 25 Disaster Responders to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief Operations , Boats thrown from water - Key West , Naples, Florida Relief Shelter , Meals Inside Cambro Containers to be Distributed in Neighborhoods - Beaumont, TX , Carisa Hettich - Hurricane Harvey Response
New 'Promise' video debuts celebrating high school graduation
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/18/17 9:38 AM
A new video celebrating the importance of high school graduation debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CMF0ad6T6Uk

The video was filmed at 2017 graduation ceremonies at Bethel SD (Eugene), Reynolds SD (Portland), Astoria SD and Eagle Point SD (north of Medford). It captures the excitement of seniors graduating from high school and celebrating with their families and friends.

The video is the first in a series of Promise efforts in 2017-18 that will focus on improving graduation rates at Oregon high schools statewide. Look for more in coming weeks, including debut of a longer graduation video in November.

The Promise of Oregon debuted in 2014 as a public awareness campaign by OSBA. Its goal is to celebrate the achievements of Oregon students and their public schools, and ensure that we invest adequately in education so they can achieve their potential.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Hospital Financial Performance in Q2 2017 Below Historic Levels
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 09/18/17 2:26 PM
September 18, 2017 -- In the second quarter of 2017, community hospitals across Oregon saw low operating margins compared those of prior years, continuing the trend from the previous several quarters. The median operating margin at an Oregon hospital was 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2017 -- significantly down from the 5.3 percent recorded for the same period in 2016.

"Oregon hospitals are continuing to face difficult financial decisions," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "But hospitals remain committed to their staff, their patients, and the communities they serve as they navigate this troublesome period."

While the number of self-pay patients has continued to remain stable at just under two percent, charity care totaled $99.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, up 9.3 percent from $91.3 million in Q1. This shows that despite increased coverage, hospitals are seeing increasing numbers of patients who lack the ability to pay because they are uninsured or have high deductible health plans.

Notably, outpatient visits continued to increase, and indeed the increase in this quarter was significantly higher than before, up by 4.5 percent from Q2 2016. Inpatient volumes remained stable. At the same time, emergency department visits decreased 1.5 percent as compared with the same quarter in 2016, with 336,624 total visits in the second quarter of 2017.

The continued low margins came before the implementation of a new legislatively-mandated 0.7 percent tax on the largest hospitals to shore up the finances of the state's Medicaid program. Hospitals are very concerned about the impact of this tax combined with other payment cuts passed by the Legislature this past session.

"While the uncertainty around health care at the national level seems to have leveled out, there is still considerable question about Oregon's system and its long-term sustainability," added Davidson. "Hospitals are devoted to a fully-funded, sustainable Medicaid system in Oregon, but the Legislature must consider the impact of taxes and cuts on hospitals' ability to provide the care Oregon communities expect. Today's report shows we must continue to watch closely to ensure they stay financially viable as core funders of the Medicaid program."
To read the entire report, click here.

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.

Apprise Health Insights is the premier resource for hospital and health system data and analytics in the Pacific Northwest. As the data subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Apprise is uniquely positioned to collect hospital and health system data, and provide the meaningful analysis essential for informed decision-making.


Attached Media Files: Full Report , PDF version