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Public Health Meeting In Roseburg

Yesterday there was a well-attended public health meeting in Roseburg all about the Modernizing Oregon’s Public Health System and Douglas Public Health NetworkPublic-health-mtg-shows-community-interest

‘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.shirley@state.or.us 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 louai@douglaspublichealthnetwork.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 locationshttp://www.co.douglas.or.us/health/.

The slide shown in this photo says:DPHN-public-mtg-2-11-16

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!

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