2020

Q&A with OHA: Oregon’s Public Health Conversation

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Oregon Health Authority | 0 comments

Q&A with OHA: Oregon’s Public Health Conversation

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has been spearheading dozens of efforts to quell the COVID-19 pandemic–massive data collection, testing expansion, policy changes, guidance development, standing up the field of contact tracing, research into emerging medical evidence from here and around the world, and so much more. In addition to that work, they have created regular ways to communicate this work with various communities in Oregon. As part of the community service array in Oregon, OSSA has been joining the weekly Community Partner information calls that OHA has hosted. We have also joined a few of the media conferences hosted by OHA for media questions and...

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Finding the Path Forward

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Leadership | 0 comments

Finding the Path Forward

Our society is currently consumed with finding a way back to “normal” after months of staying home. But what of the other part of that line–staying safe? We have succeeded in “flattening the curve” here in Oregon, meaning that we have slowed this disease from tearing through our population at the deadly pace at which it began. But we have done so at great cost, through the extraordinary measures of closing down businesses, schools, recreation, and non-essential medical care. How do we keep from undoing all of our good work by allowing the virus to travel freely among us? This is a question we will be grappling with for months to come. In...

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The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in 2020, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Budget Cuts, Community, Community information, COVID-19, Engagement, featured, Leadership, Legislative Session | 0 comments

The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

We are all tired. Tired from worrying about how we’ll meet our needs without work or support. Tired from caring for our families and keeping them well and safe. Tired from adjusting, constantly, to our changing world. And the last thing we all want to talk about right now are budget reductions. That is true for our government officials, our state agency leadership, and each and every person attached to social services in Oregon. But, this is where we are–the Office of Developmental Disabilities, at the request of the Governor’s Office, has released a proposal of reduction options this week. So, let’s set our tired aside for a moment, and review the facts, and what to...

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Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in 2020, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Resources | 0 comments

Social and Emotional Wellness While Staying Home

Oregonians all across the state have worked hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asks of us a near-constant recalculation that is exhausting: is it okay for me to engage in this action? How can I get this need met safely? Am I doing everything I can do for the people who matter to me? What can I do now to prepare for what’s next? Our logical brains are overloaded, and our emotions are all over the place, as we grieve habits and people lost to us, and worry about the world around us. How do we maintain our emotional and mental wellness, in this time and place? It starts with introspection. To know what you need to do to...

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COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in 2020, Advocacy, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Leadership | 0 comments

COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Oregonians are all working incredibly hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. For our social service entities, this has meant delaying long-term projects and other critical work in order to pick up the work of sharing goods, resources, and information with their communities. Health and safety in the time of COVID-19 is an ever-changing effort. It requires an immense amount of extra work, communication, and personal connection with people, even as in-person contact is limited. To hear a problem and figure out how to address it is at the core of what we do. We solve it through listening, identifying resources, and tapping anyone and...

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Resource Round-Up: Economic Impact (COVID-19 Stimulus) Payments

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in 2020, 2020 changes, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured | 0 comments

Resource Round-Up: Economic Impact (COVID-19 Stimulus) Payments

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has our entire society sprinting to keep up with new realities, and taking action to respond and manage the impact. Our Oregon IDD advocacy community has been working to keep abreast of that information flow, and share it with people in the ways that they need. The federal Economic Impact Payments are the stimulus funds coming to most Americans to help mitigate the personal financial impact of COVID-19’s protective measures. For members of our community, this is good news, quickly followed by a host of questions centered around what this money will mean for you and the disability and medical benefits you may rely upon. This is an...

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