Oregon Tech Instructor Appointed First Community Dental Health Coordinator

Oregon Tech Instructor Appointed First Community Dental Health Coordinator

Dora Luz Sandoval, part-time clinical instructor at the Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene school at Chemeketa Community College, is the first and only certified Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) in Oregon.

A collaboration between the Washington County Access to Care Committee, Washington County and Oregon Oral Health Coalition, the Dental Access Coordinator role is being piloted with Pacific University Dental Outreach Van and the Providence Promotores Program.

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Photo Story: Snow Day

Photo Story: Snow Day

From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning Klamath Falls officially received 7.5” of heavy wet snow. Unofficially many locations in town received higher snow totals. Levels were great enough that all schools, with the exception of Butte Valley and Tulelake, and many small businesses called in a ‘Snow Day’.

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Chiloquin Elementary to Close Due to Viral Illness

Chiloquin Elementary to Close Due to Viral Illness

The Klamath County School District, in collaboration with Klamath County Public Health, is closing Chiloquin Elementary School Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 15 to help prevent the spread of a viral illness. The school is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Feb. 19. (All public schools are closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.)

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Truth: AFib is an Unsettling Cardiac Condition

Truth: AFib is an Unsettling Cardiac Condition

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The heart is the most poetic of body parts. We use it to convey the characteristics of people: dear heart, lion heart, brave heart, black heart, cold-hearted, true heart.

Turn of phrase belies the fact that the heart is a hard working muscle, stimulated by electrical impulse. This has become an ever-present thought for me in the last two months, as my best friend has lived with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

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Oregon Tech Respiratory Director Appointed to State Licensing Board

Oregon Tech Respiratory Director Appointed to State Licensing Board

Sarah Woodman, program director of respiratory care at Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” recently received appointment to the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board for the State of Oregon, with her official term having begun December 2018. Woodman joins colleague James “Jim” Hulse, who serves as vice chair on the Board.

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Vaccinations Take Center Stage in February

Vaccinations Take Center Stage in February

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) reminds local families that immunizations must be updated before February 20, which is school exclusion day.

For families visiting their primary care provider to update vaccinations, the appointment presents a ready opportunity to discuss other immunizations that provide protection against communicable diseases. The current measles outbreak has …

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Legislation Would Set Stage for Universal Health Care

Legislation Would Set Stage for Universal Health Care

Late this morning [2/7/19], a group of State Senators filed Senate Bill 770 – the Health Care for All Oregon Bill – which would create a board and set up other components necessary to establish the Health Care for Oregon Plan to provide universal coverage throughout the state. So far, 37 legislators have signed on as sponsors.

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Oregon Tech Student Appointed to Board Representative of Society for Vascular Ultrasound

Oregon Tech Student Appointed to Board Representative of Society for Vascular Ultrasound

Emily Coelho, a senior studying vascular technology at Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” recently received appointment as student board representative to the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).

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Audit of Oregon’s Framework for Regulating Marijuana

Audit of Oregon’s Framework for Regulating Marijuana

Salem, Ore. — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released an audit examining how Oregon regulates marijuana, a responsibility shared by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). Auditors found gaps in the state’s developing regulatory framework that increase the risk of legal marijuana being diverted to the black market and out-of-state. Auditors also found the state must do more to protect public health and improve laboratory testing by considering more robust testing requirements, enhancing oversight, and ensuring labs meet accreditation standards.

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Sky Lakes to Host Class Helping Cancer Patients During and After Treatment

Sky Lakes to Host Class Helping Cancer Patients During and After Treatment

“Mindfulness Through Cancer,” an eight-week course designed to help cancer patients during treatment and after treatment, begins at 5 p.m. January 21 at the Sky Lakes Community Health Education Center, 2200 N. Eldorado Blvd.

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February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security.

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Local Adventurist Starts YouTube Channel to Showcase Ski Areas

Local Adventurist Starts YouTube Channel to Showcase Ski Areas

Simple Skiing is the name of Klamath Falls adventurer Paul Kenney's YouTube Channel where he has created a show named, A Simple Skiing Review. Kenney has completed videos on Warner Canon Ski Area near Lakeview and Mt Ashland along the Oregon-California border. Where he asks is it really steeper here?

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Sky Lakes Takes Steps to Help Prevent Spread of Flu

Sky Lakes Takes Steps to Help Prevent Spread of Flu

Sky Lakes Medical Center today (Thursday, January 3) announced the safety measure of restricting visitors to parts of the medical center in an effort to help prevent the spread of flu.  This measure is commonly taken by hospitals during flu seasons.

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DEQ Issues Air Stagnation Advisory, Red Burning Advisory for Klamath County

DEQ Issues Air Stagnation Advisory, Red Burning Advisory for Klamath County

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an air stagnation advisory for Klamath and Lake Counties through the morning of Thursday, January 3, 2019.

The air stagnation advisory predicts there will be little or no wind in the Klamath Basin. Smoke and other airborne pollution will increase in concentration, causing a build-up that will not be carried out of the basin. The increase in airborne pollution can be unhealthy for outdoor physical activity and may contribute to health problems including coughing or aggravated asthma.

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Let this New Year be Your Time to Quit Smoking

Let this New Year be Your Time to Quit Smoking

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. –Starting a new year with new goals can be exciting. Quitting smoking is a resolution that many smokers set for themselves. Although it’s not always easy, finding new ways to help yourself quit smoking can be a good start. Picking a specific date like New Year’s Day is one great way to start your journey to becoming smokefree. 

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Wounded Warrior Placards Coming Soon for Disabled Veterans

Wounded Warrior Placards Coming Soon for Disabled Veterans

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Oregon veterans who qualify for a disabled parking permit and have a service-connected disability that is VA-rated at 50 percent or greater may apply for the new Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicles division (DMV).

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Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It’s the time of year when woodstove users check the daily air quality advisory. However, there is a year-round Klamath County Public Health indoor clean air commitment.

The Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) protects all Oregonians from the harms of secondhand smoke. Also known as the Smoke-free Workplace Law, the ICAA creates smoke free public places and places of employment with the intent of protecting the health of employees and the public. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, including in Oregon.

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Cascade Health Alliance Invests in Children with Expansion Grant to Oregon Tech Behavior Improvement Clinic

Cascade Health Alliance Invests in Children with Expansion Grant to Oregon Tech Behavior Improvement Clinic

Oregon Institute of Technology, has announced a generous community investment of $150,000 from Cascade Health Alliance (CHA), for the critical expansion of Oregon Tech’s Behavior Improvement Group Applied Behavior Analysis (BIG ABA) clinic. Focusing primarily on the treatment of children with autism or pervasive developmental disorder diagnosis, the Oregon Tech BIG ABA clinic began serving…

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