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THIS BLOG OFFERS UPDATES ON OPCA’S POLICY AND ADVOCACY ACTIVITY, THE LATEST ON FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION, POSTS ABOUT FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORY CHANGES, AND ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES. LEARN ABOUT BEST PRACTICES IN ENGAGING YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND THE PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH CENTERS. THE BLOG IS EDITED BY OPCA STAFF AND WRITTEN PRIMARILY BY OPCA’S EXPERTS ON PUBLIC POLICY.

By OPCA Communications The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) was founded in 1984 by a group of five or six Oregon safety net clinics and the Oregon Office of Health Policy. Many of the founding clinics had been established during the War on Poverty, some as volunteer-run clinics, others as...

By Jennifer Moffatt, Senior Director of Communications, and Nicole Rideout, Communications Specialist, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Cascadia was formed when Multnomah County’s quadrant of mental health service providers merged over time. The four quadrants, the North-Northeast Community Health Center, Mental Health Services West, Mt. Hood Community Mental Health...

By Susan Trachsel, Executive Assistant & Public Information Officer, Lincoln County Health & Human Services The Lincoln Community Health Center officially launched in 2006 to provide care to children and adults in the areas of primary care, reproductive health, behavioral health, maternal child health, and (in...

By Ashley Kaplan, Communications Specialist, Siskiyou Community Health Center In 1973, Siskiyou Community Health Center began as the Takilma Peoples Clinic located in the Illinois Valley. A major health crisis resulted in volunteers from surrounding areas stepping in and helping. One volunteer, Dr. Jim Shames, came...

By Mark Tsuchiya, Marketing and Development Director, Aviva Health In 1992, Aviva Health—then known as the Open Door Clinic—first began providing free basic health services to underserved children and adults living in Douglas County in a small storefront located in downtown Roseburg. In those early years,...

By Francisco Garcia, Management Analyst - Community Engagement Strategist, Integrated Clinical Services, Multnomah County Health Department As the home to Portland, Oregon’s largest city, Multnomah County has a long, albeit imperfect history of prioritizing public health, dating back even before the founding of Oregon in 1859. Historically, Multnomah...

By Adrienne Schutte, Communications Specialist, Northwest Human Services “Rumors, crisis information, or just plain rapping” the poster touting the Switchboard for Help’s services is hand drawn—faded blue on a white background, yellowed with age. It is complete with a peace sign and art nouveau inspired illustrations—signs...

By Steve Manela, Lane County Human Services Division Manager, and Jeanne Campos, Community Health Centers of Lane County Outreach Coordinator In 2002, in collaboration with the Latino Medical Access Coalition, the Lane County Human Services Commission wrote and received a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to...

Provided by Laura J. Recko, Associate Director of Communications & Donor Relations, Central City Concern Central City Concern’s roots trace back to 1979, when Portland was seeking solutions to help people on the street who were incapacitated by alcohol use disorder. The agency (originally called Burnside...

Introducing OPCA's Administrative Coordinator Name, title, and preferred pronouns: Torie Baldwin, Administrative Coordinator, she/her What are 2-3 things we should know about you as a person? I love to dance. Pre-pandemic I would go out to Argentine tango a couple times a month and now I'm starting...