Category Archives: The Lund Report

OSU Estimates 17% Of Hermiston Residents Infected With Coronavirus

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s decision Thursday to push Umatilla County back to stay-at-home status came after she learned of alarmingly high coronavirus spread in Hermiston estimated by researchers at Oregon State University. A random sampling of Hermiston residents last Saturday and Sunday found that 41 of 471 people – or 8.7% – tested positive for […]
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Guest Opinion: Oregon’s Behavioral Health System Faces Critical Juncture

Oregon’s Behavioral Health system covering substance use disorder and mental health has been shaped in its access and capacity by periods of gains and constraints. Gains of clinical innovation, best practice implementation, emerging culturally specific practices, health care integration and delivery technology have been alternately hindered by constraints of stigma, divestment, cuts and a lack […]
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Hard Hit Rural Oregon Counties Getting ‘Overwhelmed’ By Virus

With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its fifth month, virus hotspots have taken a marked leap in recent weeks from Oregon’s urban centers to rural reaches of the state where health officials are scrambling to keep up. Click here to access this premium story (state employees) Source: Hard Hit Rural Oregon Counties Getting ‘Overwhelmed’ By Virus […]
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Brown Announces New Restrictions Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

With COVID-19 cases and deaths rising in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday new restrictions designed to prevent the disease from overwhelming parts of the state. The state is adopting new face mask requirements and restricting large gatherings in indoor public places. Source: Brown Announces New Restrictions Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases | The Lund Report

Lawmakers Hope To Protect OHSU, State Hospital, Medicaid In Budget Cuts

Oregon’s legislative budget writers have released a framework to guide the Legislature when it goes about the bloody task of carving up the state budget. Source: Lawmakers Hope To Protect OHSU, State Hospital, Medicaid In Budget Cuts | The Lund Report

More Than Half Of Oregon Coronavirus Deaths Linked To Group Housing | The Lund Report

The Oregon Health Authority is tracking active outbreaks in at least 30 of what the state calls “congregate care facilities,” while outbreaks at another 38 of these locations have been resolved. Source: More Than Half Of Oregon Coronavirus Deaths Linked To Group Housing | The Lund Report

Brown’s Behavioral Health Strategy Mired In Chaos, ‘Profound Disappointment’ 

When Brown set up her Behavioral Health Advisory Council in October 2019, advocates and medical professionals had high hopes it would spark meaningful change. Instead, it’s turned into a missed opportunity, critics say. Click here to access this premium story (state employees) Source: Brown’s Behavioral Health Strategy Mired In Chaos, ‘Profound Disappointment’  | The Lund […]
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Lawmakers Hope To Protect OHSU, State Hospital, Medicaid In Budget Cuts

Oregon’s legislative budget writers have released a framework to guide the Legislature when it goes about the bloody task of carving up the state budget. Source: Lawmakers Hope To Protect OHSU, State Hospital, Medicaid In Budget Cuts | The Lund Report

On Budget Crisis: Now Is The Moment To ‘Push The Envelope’

A tsunami is coming to the state budget — and the health care system by extension. State economic forecasters say Oregon faces a $2.7 billion revenue shortfall in the year ahead after the pandemic forced the closures of restaurants, schools and bars, along with the cancellation of elective surgeries as the health care system prepared […]
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Children’s Mental Health Program Swept Up In Looming Budget Cuts

The Oregon Health Authority plans to delay a program that’s projected to keep 300 children out of psychiatric residential treatment in its first year, saving the state money in the long term and keeping families together. Request full text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Children’s Mental Health Program Swept Up In Looming Budget Cuts