Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19

Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Upper Klamath Lake at Eagle Ridge County Park due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County.

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Klamath Health Partnership welcomes clinic founder back to the community

Klamath Health Partnership welcomes clinic founder back to the community

Klamath Falls, Ore. - In 1997, Family Nurse Practitioner Barbara Bergeron recognized Klamath Basin lacked access to affordable health care services for the underserved. In response, Barbara and her husband, Claude, opened the Klamath Open Door Clinic. Operating today as Klamath Health Partnership (KHP), the organization expanded to include dental and behavioral health services alongside primary care. KHP provides services at a reduced price for those who apply and qualify.

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Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Students Provide $27k+ in Care to Klamath Community

Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Students Provide $27k+ in Care to Klamath Community

Dental hygiene students at Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” recently completed a yearlong course designed to help the Klamath County community while also gaining real-world experience, amounting to over $27,000 in dental services through the Community Dental Health course, which all sophomores and juniors take for 4 terms.

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Fighting food insecurity just got a little easier for SNAP recipients

Fighting food insecurity just got a little easier for SNAP recipients

Portland, Ore. - A coalition led by Farmers Market Fund, is pleased to announce the award of a $1.5 million state appropriation to expand the SNAP Double Up Food Bucks program. The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program helps SNAP participants access fresh fruits and vegetables. For every dollar spent on SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets, Double Up Food Bucks recipients will now receive an additional dollar to spend on Oregon-grown fruits and veggies. Over 600,000 Oregonians, more than a third of whom are children, currently receive SNAP benefits.

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Klamath Commons Park, Open for Play

Klamath Commons Park, Open for Play

“All great things have a story behind them,” said Paul Stewart CEO, Sky Lakes Medical Center.

The Klamath Commons Park is no exception. There might be a few orange barricades protecting the newly seeded grass, but the temporary construction fences are down and the park is open for play for both young and old.

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Unanimous Passage of Bills provides Help to local Hospital and Schools

Unanimous Passage of Bills provides Help to local Hospital and Schools

Salem, Ore. - HB 2847 and HB 2867 passed unanimously in the House and Senate during the last week of legislative session. Both bills were chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls).

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KMSB Foundation Invests in Oregon Tech Allied Health Programs

KMSB Foundation Invests in Oregon Tech Allied Health Programs

In memory of longtime board member Robert Graham, M.D., Klamath Medical Service Bureau (KMSB) Foundation has made a $100,000 contribution to Oregon Institute of Technology’s allied health programs. This generous gift gives a boost to the Foundational Campaign for the Future, and will aid Oregon Tech in meeting critical equipment needs in allied health. The applied, hands-on educational experiences which make Oregon Tech graduates highly sought after in the workforce are not possible without investment in state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology.

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Local doctor named HPV vaccination champion

Local doctor named HPV vaccination champion

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority and American Cancer Society recently honored Dr. Stewart Decker with an award of excellence for his promotion of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Klamath County. 

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Notices mailed to 645,000 clients possibly impacted by data breach

Notices mailed to 645,000 clients possibly impacted by data breach

Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Human Services is sending notices by mail to approximately 645,000 clients notifying them that their personal information was compromised during a previously announced January 2019 data breach.

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Simple tips to stay safe during extreme heat conditions

Simple tips to stay safe during extreme heat conditions

Temperatures are expected to climb into at least the mid-90s this week in some parts of Oregon. Health officials are recommending people prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of discoveries that the opioid epidemic is worsening due to the rise of synthetic opioids, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today announced the Opioid Treatment Surge Act to fund a dramatic increase in treatment capacity funded by imposing fees on the drug companies that created the opioid crisis. 

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Cascade Comp CEO appointed to Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Cascade Comp CEO appointed to Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Tayo Akins, Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Comprehensive Care & Cascade Health Alliance, was officially selected by the Senate to represent Southern Oregon on the Higher Education Coordinating Commission on May 15th, 2019.

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Riding the trails [VIDEO]

Riding the trails [VIDEO]

What’s the best thing about mountain biking? Just ask sixth-graders Clem Pine and Brayden Waggener.

“Definitely going downhill,” Clem said. “It was scary, but fun.”

Brayden agreed, but said he also liked learning how to ride uphill. “When you’re going uphill, just shift into a lower gear and keep pedaling,” he said, adding, “I used to be one of those kids who just stayed in one gear.”

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STI’s are a public health threat

STI’s are a public health threat

It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but overall health can only be assured when testing is done on specific elements of wellness. Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) encourages routine screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, but the sexually active should also get themselves tested. 

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