Tag Archives: Rural Oregon

Cancer Patients In Eastern Oregon Face Complications

Trish Yerges , who was diagnosed with two types of cancer last year, had to travel more than 7,000 miles for specialty treatments that are commonplace in large metro areas like Portland. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Cancer Patients In Eastern Oregon Face Complications | The Lund Report

OPINION: Closing the rural health gap in Oregon

As our nation continues to wrestle with how to provide high-quality, affordable health care to everyone, many Oregonians face additional obstacles when accessing care that have nothing to do with income and everything to do with their home address. According to statistics published by the Oregon Office of Rural Health, more than one-third of Oregonians live […]
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Rural Americans unprotected by Endangered Species Act – Opinion

After the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its intention to weaken the Endangered Species Act recently, environmentalists were quick to respond. Environmental organizations, Democratic politicians, and even a few celebrities posted stunning pictures on social media of species pulled from the brink of extinction — cranes strutting gracefully across wetlands, howling wolves silhouetted by […]
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Peers reach out to help

Program offers weekly phone calls to provide support for isolated rural seniors. On Aug. 6, 2017, an 82 year-old man in Umatilla County received the first phone call of a weekly Oregon senior peer support service. Seniors age 55 and older who are feeling lonely or isolated have a new way to beat the solitude. […]
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Our view | What to do with shrinking frontier Oregon?

R There is a problem with funding public safety in rural Oregon, and nowhere is that more clear than in Wheeler County. Chris Humphreys, who has been sheriff there since 2013, declared his intention to leave the office — and that change in management caused each of his deputies to find work elsewhere. That will […]
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Pai, Walden | Bridging the rural technology divide

High-speed broadband access, both wired and wireless, is critical for participating in the 21st century economy. This is as true in Pendleton as it is in Portland. Eastern Oregonians need online access to start businesses, shop online, educate their kids, stay healthier through telemedicine, and make their farms and ranches more productive. But not all […]
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Wheeler County Sheriff, all his deputies, to leave department

Sheriff Chris Humphreys puts in notice, leaving massive hole in county’s law enforcement. Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys is resigning his post — and all of his deputies are going with him. Humphreys, who was elected to the position in 2013, gave notice to the Wheeler County Court earlier this month that he wished to […]
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A rural city’s aggressive push for more housing

In rural Oregon, a lack of new and good quality housing hampers economic development in communities that are desperate for investment. High construction costs and low property values often discourage contractors from building in these areas. Source: Oregon Business – A rural city’s aggressive push for more housing

Wyden Praises Increased Funds for Rural Health Care Program

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said today’s announcement of increased federal funding for the Rural Health Care Program will help to meet the growing demand for telehealth services in rural parts of Oregon and nationwide. Source: Wyden Praises Increased Funds for Rural Health Care Program | The Lund Report

Video conferencing gives doctors a vital link to patient care

The practice can save patients thousands of dollars in transportation costs. Telemedicine has long been touted as a cost-efficient way to provide care to people in rural areas with limited access to health professionals. But an unsung benefit of providing medical advice over a video feed is the tremendous cost-savings achieved by avoiding unnecessary air […]
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