Tag Archives: Public Health

Wallowa County will close its health department

Wallowa County’s public health department is about to close because the county can no longer afford the operation, according to county commissioner Susan Roberts. The county’s board of commissioners is the local Public Health Authority. The commissioner said much of the closing of the office at 758 NW 1st St., Enterprise, was also brought on […]
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Let’s treat climate change like the health issue it is

By Sriram Khé For The Register-Guard Like many, I am disappointed that the Oregon Legislature did not pass a cap-and-trade bill in its short session that ended on March 3. It will be a while before we Oregonians figure out how to stop pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In discussing emissions, politicians often try […]
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Editorial: Expanding our view of public health

It was good to see Linn County make upward progress in the new edition of the 2016 County Health Rankings: The county, which had been ranked at No. 22 for the last two years, moved up to No. 20 in the newest ratings, which were released this week. The annual rankings, created by the Robert […]
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Whooping cough on rise, officials urge awareness

Cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, are on the rise in nearby counties, and at least one case has been reported in the Western Treasure Valley. According to Jennifer Tripp, staff epidemiologist with Southwest District Health, there was one case of the highly infectious disease reported in Payette County in mid-January. Source: Whooping […]
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Dembrow Cheers Bill to Regulate Air Pollution for Public Health

Senate Bill 1541 salvages the Cleaner Air Oregon program, allowing for a compromise on health standards from what an advisory committee proposed, but still far beyond what is currently in place and stricter than Oregon’s neighbors. The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill that will put tough public health standards in place for air polluters, […]
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Family Homeless Shelter – OPB’s Think Out Loud

For more than a year, volunteers, staff and social workers have questioned the health and safety of Portland’s largest shelter for families with children. Earlier this month, the roof fell in. OPB’s Amelia Templeton fills us in. Source: News Roundtable | Family Homeless Shelter | Black . Radio | OPB

STD cases are skyrocketing in Central Oregon

County health officials say they’re scrambling to keep up with the increases Cases of sexually transmitted diseases in Central Oregon have skyrocketed over the past five years, reversing decades of progress in reducing infection rates and leaving county health officials scrambling to keep up. Source: STD cases are skyrocketing in Central Oregon

Low vaccination rates put some Oregon schools at high risk for measles

Many charter schools in Oregon have such low student vaccination rates for measles that they’d be at risk if the bug – once declared eliminated in the United States – infected anyone in their school. An analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive shows that nearly 65 percent of the state’s public charter schools lack what scientists call […]
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Oregon Health Authority HealthSpace Portal

An easy way to access inspection reports for local restaurants, hotesls, spas and more. Source: Oregon Health Authority HealthSpace Portal

California ‘raw’ water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap water 

When people in central Oregon’s Madras, Culver and Metolius turn on their taps, untreated spring water flows forth. It costs them less than a penny per gallon. A company in California buys that same water and sells it in big glass jugs for up to $8.60 a gallon around Los Angeles and San Francisco. Source: […]
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