It’s a wonderful thing when a community comes together in the face of adversity. And that is happening now in Douglas County, Oregon, in the midst of calamity and invisible disease all around.
Thank you to Oregon Serigraphics owner Stephanie LaFleur, and League of Women Voters member, who is providing a link between the community and the medical community. She has arranged to provide mask materials to sewists — like the Umpqua Sewing Warriors — to produce much needed medical masks for our warriors on the frontlines — doctors, nurses and everyone else working in healthcare to help those in need. Read about this endeavor in The News-Review account published on 3/25/20.
We thank all those who are tackling the coronavirus outbreak daily to help our county, state and nation to get through this. As for the rest of us — STAY HOME — if at all possible! And Sew!
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The League presents “Sick Around the World”, a healthcare video.
- Roseburg Public Library in the Ford Room
- 1409 Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg
- Tuesday, February 19th at 1:30PM to 3PM
Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health-care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans?
FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand the health-care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies — UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan — to see what tried and tested ideas might help us reform our broken health-care system.
The video is 56 minutes long. There will be discussion following the video.
This meeting is free and open to the public.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first membership meeting of the year last night, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
The meeting of about 30 was interesting and fun in our new meeting room at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 West Harvard Avenue, Roseburg. We had great speakers followed by a delicious ice cream social.
Betty Sparks, a new member, native Oregonian, and retired education teacher, spoke about kidney disease and how prevalent it is. She herself needs a kidney transplant and is on the list for one. However, many are also in line, nationally over 122,000 people. Betty explained how diabetes and high blood pressure contribute to the likelihood of the disease. In other words, we are all susceptible. For more information here are a few resources:
The Blue Zones Project representatives for the effort in Douglas County also spoke. Juliete Palenshus and Jessica Moore informed us about the project which is also seeking supporters and volunteers. The three-year goal is to support well-being improvements in multiple areas here in Douglas County. For more information, see the website and contact Juliete Palenshus by emailing her.
They’ll even give you a t-shirt!
Welcome to new members who joined last night!
Here’s some familiar faces of a few of our lovely members:
Let’s speak out to Save Our Healthcare! Meet with others who feel as you do at the Roseburg Fred Meyer at 2PM on Sunday, January 15th from 2PM to 3PM.
Please share far and wide. The more people we have the more of an impact we will make.
Please let the organizer know if you plan to go, so we know we have enough signs.
See You There!
Sunday, January 15th, 2pm
Garden Valley Blvd at Fred Meyer
More information is on Facebook –> Please click on the link below. https://m.facebook.com/events/1826964517572496
Public Health is Everybody’s Business!
‘How can I be involved?’
You can contact Lillian Shirley, the head of the state’s public health modernization program, by emailing her at Lillian.email@example.com or calling her at 971-673-1222.
This program is being conducted by the OHA, Oregon’s Health Authority’s Public Health division. This is only part of the changes going on in Public Health in Douglas County, Oregon.
Locally you can contact Louai Merhi, Epidemiologist, at the Douglas Public Health Network for more information at 541-677-5814 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned by joining the League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley. Members of the League are following the progress of public health in Douglas County, which has been privatized to a non-profit Douglas County Public Health, a new trend in public health in Oregon.
What DPHN needs for successful community outreach:
- Transparency at all levels including in strategic planning,
- Openness to all community members who may not be health professionals to be part of this developing, ongoing community health program.
- More open public meetings with more time to ask questions and give input.
- Microphones should be used at all public meetings.
- A meeting evaluation should be available at all meetings, and the result tallied, and publicly shared.
Who’s involved in public health in Douglas County, OR? The key is knowing where to go since it’s now all in different locations: http://www.co.douglas.or.us/health/.
The slide shown in this photo says:
Health Outcome Data
Quality of Life
Percentage of adults reporting fair or poor health:
- Douglas County – 23%
- Oregon – 14%
Average # of physically unhealthy days reported in past 30 days:
- Douglas County – 5.4
- Oregon – 3.7
Stats like these show how much we all need to be involved for better health in Douglas County. Our Health is our Wealth!