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Lane County Public Health

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Lane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchase or possession from 18 to 21 years of age.  Lane is the first county in Oregon to make this change.

Oregon State University will be holding mass vaccination clinics next week after a student came down with meningococcal disease. Two earlier cases were diagnosed in November.

Oregon Immunization Exclusion Day Approaching

Feb 7, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, is the deadline for parents to have their school aged kids vaccinated without being sent home from school. Parents of children with missing immunizations should have received a letter with instructions on how to fulfill school vaccine requirements. Oregon Health Authority’s Stacy de Assis Matthews says it's important that children are up to date on their vaccines.

The federal government has fined more than 750 hospitals across the country for scoring in the bottom 25 percent on measures of patient safety. Hospital-acquired infections, blood clots, falls and bedsores are among the avoidable injuries to patients included in the annual ranking by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The program is meant to prod hospitals to improve patient safety. But hospital officials say the rating system doesn’t paint an accurate picture of patient care.

Recorded on: January 27, 2017

Air Date: January 30, 2017

Panelists:

  • Patrick F. Luedtke M.D., M.P.H., Senior Public Health Officer, Lane County
  • Tricia Schroffner, RN, NP, Nurse Practitioner in the School Based Health Centers at North Eugene and Churchill High Schools
  • Paul Slovic, Ph.D., President, Decision Research and Professor, Department of Psychology at UO

Coordinator: Joel Korin

Virginia García Memorial Foundation

All but two-percent of Oregon's children have health insurance.  Most of those who don't are undocumented immigrants.  This session,  lawmakers will be taking up legislation to make sure all Oregon children are insured.

Mt Pisgah Arboretum

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a ban on smoking and tobacco use in all the county’s parks.

The ordinance includes an exception for ceremonial tobacco use by members of Native American tribes.

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

The Egan Warming Center which opens to homeless people on freezing nights has activated 24 times so far this winter. That’s the most nights in a season since the program in Eugene and Springfield began 8 years ago, and winter isn’t over.

Tiffany Eckert

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum was in Eugene Thursday to learn about life-saving services available through HIV Alliance. She toured the facility and met privately with a client who told her how an overdose reversal drug recently saved a friend.

Shortage Continues for Lane Blood Center

Jan 12, 2017
Brian Bull

Severe weather conditions have caused shortages at blood centers across the nation. Lane Blood Center itself is experiencing extreme deficits due to low donations and higher usage.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health today (Friday) confirmed 11 outbreaks of Influenza-like-illness. The department reports seven people so far have died from the flu. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, health officials are pushing the message of prevention in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Flu symptoms can include upper repertory distress, fever, chills, body aches, diarrhea. It’s also highly contagious. The current outbreaks and resulting deaths from Influenza have health officials on high alert.

Lane Blood Center

The combination of winter weather and holidays means a shortage for blood banks in the northwest.  The Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors because of a nationwide scarcity.

CAHOOTS Will Now Operate 24/7 In Eugene

Jan 1, 2017
White Bird Clinic

As mental health services are getting cut, one vital resource in Eugene is expanding. CAHOOTS crisis assistance will now operate 24-hours a day.


Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

More frigid weather is coming to the South Willamette Valley.  The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield plan to activate Friday night and be on standby through next week.

Progress has been made in recent years in decreasing homelessness, especially among veterans. But the spiraling cost of housing still leaves many people with few affordable options.

Now, inspired by the success of similar projects in the Pacific Northwest, a group in Medford is  building a tiny-house village that offers hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. 

Shanda Miller

One in 35 Lane County adults has a severe or persistent mental illness. That’s according to a community mental health program audit released this month.

Egan Warming Center

With temperatures expected to drop into the 20s, the Egan Warming Centers will activate tonight (12/6) in Eugene and Springfield. They’re on standby for Wednesday night.

Oregon Health Authority

State and local health officials and prevention advocates today (Thursday) announced a statewide initiative to end HIV/AIDS transmission in Oregon over the next five years.

Lane County

Thanks to a memorial donation, Lane County will make improvements to the 1st Avenue Animal Shelter to help keep dogs warm this winter.

Florence health officials are concerned over a recent uptick in HIV infections. The small coastal community has seen a 300 percent increase since 2015.

Six Florence residents have tested positive in just the last few months. HIV Alliance is partnering with PeaceHealth Medical to provide free testing, counseling and referral services. Alliance’s Program Director Amanda McCluskey.

Oregon State University / oregonstate.edu

An Oregon State University student is hospitalized with a confirmed case of meningitis. Officials are seeking any individuals who’ve been in close contact with the student.

Brian Bull

A blood-fueled battle between two major Oregon universities is underway.  However, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this civil war will do more good than harm.  

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory about pesticide-tainted marijuana that was sold at dispensaries in Eugene, North Bend, and Salem. They’re asking customers to return or dispose of the affected products.

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In September, the Women's Foundation of Oregon released a startling report on the status of women and girls. This Friday, leaders from across the state will hold a summit to discuss solutions.

Recorded on: October 28, 2016

Air Date: October 31, 2016

Coordinator: Joel Korin

In 1998, Oregon became the first state in the nation to enact a Death with Dignity law, allowing physician-assisted suicide. The law’s use has steadily increased since then. In 2013, approximately 130 prescriptions were written, and about 70 were used to end life.

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Since 2010, the case rate of syphilis has increased in Lane County by nearly 1000%, according to health officials.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council received an earful last night (Monday) during its public forum about a recent police incident at the downtown park blocks. Last Friday, when police arrested two men for drug dealing, a large crowd gathered, yelling obscenities and taunting officers. 

These days, we openly discuss a lot of things that used to be considered too delicate for polite company: sex, money, childbirth …  If there’s one taboo left, it’s the subject of death. Recently, JPR’s Liam Moriarty attended a social gathering held specifically to talk about the end of life. 

Tiffany Eckert

One in five people in Lane County qualifies for food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, bases eligibility on monthly income and provides vouchers or an electronic benefits transfer card to buy food items. To make money stretch each month, families often end up consuming cheaper, less nutritious foods. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, a program at the Lane County Farmer's Market is designed to change that.   

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