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2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Posted by on Apr 23, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Community information, Engagement, featured, Legislative Session, Resources | 0 comments

2021 Legislative Session Halfway Point: Advocacy Tools to Raise Your Voice

Here at the mid-point of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session, we take the chance to reflect on this unusual year of virtual hearings and Zoom meetings, and the progress we have made thus far. Many of the nearly 2,500 bills introduced this session have died, meaning that they will not move forward this session to become law. The work of creating and approving the state budget for the next two years, a major item on the session to-do list, is moving into high gear. There is still a lot of advocacy left to do to share your perspective and priorities with legislators as they make decisions about how to spend money over the coming biennium. Let’s talk about what is...

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New Tools and Guidance On Remote Legislative Engagement from OLIS

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in 2021, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Engagement, featured, News | 0 comments

New Tools and Guidance On Remote Legislative Engagement from OLIS

January 11th, 2021 marks the first official day of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Though bills are being released for review and other familiar processes are moving forward, this is not business-as-usual. The 2021 Session will take place in a mostly virtual fashion–there will be little human presence in the state capitol building, and legislative activities from committee hearings to lobbying will take place remotely. The Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) has long been an excellent resource to find out what’s going on in Oregon’s legislative process. For example, you can view a calendar of events on the pgage, and access each...

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What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

Posted by on Jan 7, 2021 in 2021, Advocacy, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Pandemic, Resources, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine

People with Developmental Disabilities, their families, and all direct support workers (PSWs, DSPs, and unpaid supports) are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine! COVID vaccines have been tested and proven effective and are arriving now in Oregon. We all have questions about how vaccines will get to all the people who need them. We gathered some information to share about the unfolding COVID-19 vaccination process. Our goal is to provide people with the most accurate information so that they can be healthy, safe and informed about the process. The COVID-19 Vaccines are here and Oregon gets more doses each day. Oregon has a plan that says who can get the COVID-19...

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An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by on Dec 7, 2020 in Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Uncategorized, Vaccine | 0 comments

An Introduction to the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 rages on in Oregon and across the nation. We are all tired of being careful, having to think and rethink every basic routine. Adapting to new realities and understanding of how we stand to contract and spread this disease. Please, give yourself a pat on the back for how compliant and diligent you have been. But keep in mind that our risk of overrunning our hospitals, killing our front-line medical workers, and harming the people we love is as high as it has ever been. The same protective measures we are all so familiar with are still our best–do not gather indoors with people outside your household, wear a mask when you leave the house, and wash your...

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Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Posted by on Dec 4, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, Coronavirus, COVID-19, featured, News, Oregon Health Authority, Pandemic, Resources, Vaccine | 0 comments

Testing, Vaccines, and Risk Levels: The Latest on COVID-19 In Oregon

Winter is fast approaching, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very nasty spike in COVID-19 infection, statewide. This poses a deadly risk to every Oregonian–but not all risk is equal. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our state leadership and public health officials have been working to adapt our guidance to incorporate new information and understanding of how this disease spreads. With this spike, the Governor and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have created new guidance that takes into consideration the risk levels present in each county in the state, and what they mean for the people living there. We’ll walk through some of the major headlines...

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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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