health http://klcc.org en Benton County Ranks Healthiest In Oregon http://klcc.org/post/benton-county-ranks-healthiest-oregon <p></p><p>New rankings say the healthiest people in Oregon live in Benton County. The annual report is from the <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a>. It measures factors such as education, income, tobacco use and quality of life.</p><p>Charlie Fautin is the Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department. He says it's great to rank first in the state, but there are plenty of people in Benton County who are not doing as well as they could.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:52:22 +0000 Angela Kellner & Rachael McDonald 10592 at http://klcc.org Benton County Ranks Healthiest In Oregon Lane County Sees Increase In Cases Of Swine Flu http://klcc.org/post/lane-county-sees-increase-cases-swine-flu <p>Oregon Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. They hope you will because there's been an uptick in cases in the past week. A number of people in Lane County have tested positive for swine flu, or H1N1.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:51:35 +0000 Rachael McDonald 5852 at http://klcc.org Lane County Sees Increase In Cases Of Swine Flu Oregon Health Plan No Longer Using Lottery System http://klcc.org/post/oregon-health-plan-no-longer-using-lottery-system <p>In Oregon, low-income adults used to have to get on a waiting list and enroll in a lottery-style drawing to get health insurance. But that's changed because of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:04:15 +0000 Rachael McDonald 5429 at http://klcc.org Oregon Health Plan No Longer Using Lottery System McKenzie Willamette Hospital Workers Want Fewer Layoffs, More Charity http://klcc.org/post/mckenzie-willamette-hospital-workers-want-fewer-layoffs-more-charity <p>Community before profit. That's the message caregivers from McKenzie-Willamette hospital's union want their management to adopt.</p><p>Since the hospital went for-profit in 2003, members of SEIU Local 89 say the Mckenzie-Willamette Medical Center makes more money than almost every hospital in Oregon. It also has one of the worst records for charity care. They'd like to re-balance that trend. Tuesday, union members read a message to the hospital's leadership:</p><p>(GROUP) "This holiday season, caregivers are being let go while those left are faced with having to do more with less."</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:17:57 +0000 Karen Richards 4966 at http://klcc.org McKenzie Willamette Hospital Workers Want Fewer Layoffs, More Charity World AIDS Day Events Planned For Sunday http://klcc.org/post/world-aids-day-events-planned-sunday <p>HIV / AIDS was once a high-profile communicable disease. Due in part to effective medications, it has fallen in the public's awareness. Sunday's "World AIDS Day" hopes to renew focus on HIV.</p><p>World AIDS Day was established in 1988, at the height of the epidemic. Now, the deadly condition can be managed and those infected can live full lives. However, because it's not in the spotlight, fewer people are being tested.</p><p>Susan McCreedy is the Deschutes County Health Educator. She says she's been shocked by a surge of new AIDS diagnoses in the past five years.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:51:49 +0000 Karen Richards 3922 at http://klcc.org World AIDS Day Events Planned For Sunday Community Partners Look Forward To Cover Oregon Website Fix http://klcc.org/post/community-partners-look-forward-cover-oregon-website-fix <p>The website problems persist for the state's health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon.&nbsp; Individuals can compare insurance plans, but the site still can't determine if someone is eligible for financial help. &nbsp;<br /><br />This has been a source of frustration for potential customers - and for local organizations working on behalf of Cover Oregon to walk people through the process.<br /><br />These community partners are counting down the days until the website is fully functional.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:06:36 +0000 Jes Burns 2876 at http://klcc.org Community Partners Look Forward To Cover Oregon Website Fix Symptoms of Climate Change' Part III: Cities Face Higher Health Risks In Heat Islands http://klcc.org/post/symptoms-climate-change-part-iii-cities-face-higher-health-risks-heat-islands <p>Climate change models are predicting hotter summers in the Northwest. And experts say the health risks from that heat are higher in places known as urban heat islands. In the third installment of our series, ‘<a href="http://earthfix.info/communities/article/hotter-summers-mean-more-health-risks-in-urban-hea/">Symptoms of Climate Change</a>,’ EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains how dark pavement and rooftops in these city neighborhoods make hot weather more hazardous to human health.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:53:58 +0000 Cassandra Profita 1286 at http://klcc.org Symptoms of Climate Change' Part III: Cities Face Higher Health Risks In Heat Islands New UO App Promotes Safe Sex http://klcc.org/post/new-uo-app-promotes-safe-sex <p>The University of Oregon health department is hosting a launch party next week for a new app it has created promoting safe sex.</p><p>The app, called SexPositive, was created to appeal to the 18 to 23 year olds that attend the University. It lists the sexually transmitted infection risks if different body parts touch, as well as information about safer sex practices. Health Promotion Marketing Manager Keith Van Norman says the message is positive.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:20:39 +0000 Graham Sprague 980 at http://klcc.org New UO App Promotes Safe Sex Govt Shutdown Won't Have Immediate Affect in Lane County http://klcc.org/post/govt-shutdown-wont-have-immediate-affect-lane-county <p>The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:20:10 +0000 Rachael McDonald 586 at http://klcc.org Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange Hits Glitches http://klcc.org/post/oregons-health-insurance-exchange-hits-glitches <p>Oregon&#39;s new health insurance marketplace-- part of the Affordable Care Act-- has run into some glitches on its launch day. <a href="http://www.coveroregon.com">Cover Oregon</a>&#39;s online system is not functioning properly.</p><p>Cover Oregon is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids. The problem is expected to be fixed in a couple of weeks. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says it&#39;s possible to get health coverage, just not through the website.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:53:10 +0000 Rachael McDonald 585 at http://klcc.org Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange Hits Glitches