News from Around the State
MVHCA: Mike Huntington reports the Corvallis Ballot Measure 2-95 is moving forward with door knocking, letters to the editor, yard signs and more.
Betty Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oregon Public Health Association meeting on Oct. 11. Physicians Mike Huntington, Bruce Johnson, Sam Metz, and Peter Mahr presented on CCOs, Single Payer and the Affordable Care Act. 70 people were in attendance, and 25 signatures were gathered from people supporting health care for all at this meeting.
Tim Roach moderated the October 12, Corvallis Forum: Spotlight on State candidates for Senate and House from Republican and Democratic parties plus Independent, Progressive, Green, and Libertarian parties. sponsored by Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance, Health Care for All-Oregon Albany, Physicians for a National Health Program, and the Interfaith Health Care Network. Forum Topic: What are your priorities for improving health and health care in the 2017 session? About 3/4 of attendees were from the public. It was very civil and pleasant—folks even hung out and chatted, including candidates competing for the same seat.
For more news of the many activities of the busy Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, see their October newsletter.
La Grande: Cheryl Simpson reports that they were presenters at the Oregon Rural Action annual meeting, with health care stories.
Three new members are planning house parties and one will represent Eastern Oregon on the HCAO Legislative Committee, serving as the legislative liaison.
They will be hosting two showings of the film Fix It, on Nov. 15, 7 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande and on Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at the Little White Church in Union. Lee Mercer and a local physician will take part in panel discussions after the film showings.
Eugene: Kathy Phillips reports that representatives met with the Lane County Board of Commissioners, who were planning to vote against the local resolution to support M97. Many participants testified in favor, and the board finally decided not to oppose it and to send it forward.
The Eugene group now has a Facebook page.
They will be screening Now's the Time on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene.
Roseburg: Bob Bickers reports the Douglas County group met with the county public health officer, Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer, who was very cordial. Bob says that Dr. Bruce Thompson from Mid-Valley paved the way for them.
Douglas County will have an entry in the Veterans' Day parade, featuring Dr. H.C A'orta.
Bandon: Bob Fischer reports that the group has a dozen members, and is looking forward to helping the Mobilization Committee with projects.
Ashland: Joe Graf and Sandra Coyner report that their ballot measure 15-154 is going forward. They are writing letters to the editor in support of this local resolution, which was endorsed by Ashland and Medford papers. There was an eleven-person rally in the Ashland Plaza in support of the resolution, and members Joe Graf, Sandra Coyner, and Lauri Hoagland, a nurse practitioner, appeared on Jefferson Public Radio and the Brain Labor Report to support it. As well as tabling at supermarkets, they’ve participated in candidate forums, asking health care questions. A house party for HCAO and other events featured Rep. Dembrow.
Metro Council: Barbara Council reports that they finished summer tabling in North Portland and Sellwood.
A number of HCAO members attended the Portland City Club forum on Sept. 23: “What Can Other Nations Teach Oregon About Health Care?” Listen to the panel HERE.
HCAO co-sponsored a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) event in Portland, and several HCAO representatives began a conversation with former Gov. Kitzhaber. Charlie Swanson and Lee Mercer brainstormed on how single payer and CCOs can be integrated.
New recruits are joining Metro who will bring their considerable talents to committees.