New WIC food list announced

New WIC food list announced

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has announced a new food list for families to use for nutritional benefits. Additions on the list are string cheese and yogurt options, among others. The new food list is available on the WIC app, wicshopper.

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DEQ Offers Free Well Water Testing in Klamath Basin

DEQ Offers Free Well Water Testing in Klamath Basin

Klamath Falls, OR — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering free well water testing in the Klamath Basin as part of a groundwater quality study. Interested well users can contact DEQ at groundwater.monitoring@deq.state.or.us or 503-693-5736 to be considered for the study. 

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Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

“The opportunity to have a clinic attached to the schools…for affordable accessible health care is huge for the school district,” says Glen Szymoniak, KCSD Superintendent.

A $100,000 grant helped finish the Klamath County School Based Health Center. A partnership between KCSD, Cascade Health Alliance, and Klamath Health Partnership.

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New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

SALEM, Ore. – Revised rules that protect air quality in areas of Oregon susceptible to smoke from controlled forest burns have gone into effect just as the spring burning season gets underway. The new rules were adopted in January by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, following a multi-year review process by a broad-based committee.

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Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Salem, Ore. — Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they are leading a national lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new rule that will significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information for women and families.

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Oregon Tech Recognizes Cascade Health Alliances' Commitment to the Klamath Basin

Oregon Tech Recognizes Cascade Health Alliances' Commitment to the Klamath Basin

Klamath Falls, OR — March 1st, 2019 Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) awarded a plaque of appreciation to Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) recognizing CHA’s dedication to the Klamath Basin community and their investment in children and families through support of the Oregon Tech Behavioral Improvement Group (BIG) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Clinic.

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Traveler With Measles May Have Exposed Others

Traveler With Measles May Have Exposed Others

PORTLAND, Ore.— An individual contagious with measles visited Portland International Airport as well as locations in Marion County. This case is unrelated to the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., and unrelated to a recent report of measles in Multnomah County.

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Community Health Fair Saturday

Community Health Fair Saturday

In addition to an assortment of free health screenings and demonstrations at the annual Sky Lakes Medical Center Community Health Fair, you can also have your golf swing analyzed and get improvement tips, learn how to “Stop the Bleed,” and walk through a giant-sized colon.

The 21st edition of the free event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in Exhibit Hall 1 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. Sixth St. The event runs until 2 p.m.

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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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