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Petitioning State Senator Peter Courtney and 20 others

Health Equity in Oregon: !Se buscan los Campiones!


Profesionales de Salud en Oregon todavia no cuentan con Educacion Continuada para el desarollo de su  Capacitacion Cultural. Oregon Health Professionals still are not receiving Continuing Education for the development of their cultural competency.

La salud de las personas de color en oregon, inclyuendo inmigrantes y refugiados, esta reportada como la mas deficiente y el cuidado de salud es de baja calidad. The health of people of color in Oregon, including immigrants and refugees is reported to be the most weak with low quality of health care.

La Senate Bill 97-3, Education Continuada para la Capacitacion Cultural de Profesionales de Salud ya fue aprovada por el Senado con 22 votos!!! Una propuesta de ley con apoyo bipartidario. Ahora, necesitamos apoyo de la Casa de los Representantes. The SB97-3, Cultural Competence was voted and approved by 22 Senators! A truly bipartisan proposal! And...NOW we need the House of Representatives support!

La lucha por EQUIDAD DE SALUD es ahora! Now is the moment to fight for HEALTH EQUITY!

POCHEC, People of Color Health Equity Collaborative & CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy for Rooted Latinas/os & Africans buscan por los Campiones para ACTUAR AHORA. POCHEC & CHARLA are seeking for Champions to ACT NOW:

1- USTED puede firmar esta peticion y enviarla para TODAS las personas que conoces! YOU CAN SIGN this petition now and send it to everyone you know!

2- USTED puede llamar ahora a tus Representantes. Busque por sus nombres y telefonos en la pagina de la internet YOU CAN CALL NOW your Representatives.

Si hay dudas envianos un correo al o llama al (503) 901-6285. If you have questions e-mails us or call.

Factos de la SB97-3 - Facts about the SB97-3

a) SB 97 directs the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)/OMHS in collaboration with Oregon's health professional regulatory boards and other community stakeholders to develop continuing education satandards relative to cultural competence and opportunities of training for licensed health care providers. 

b)There is minimal fiscal impact. The bill includes evaluating the costs of implementation and logistics issues. Accredited Cultural Competencey trainings are currently available for free.

c) There is NO MANDATE requirements. The 97-1 amendment removed the implementation timeline for health care licensing boards. Oregon Health Authority/OMHS will work with the regulatory boards to define the appropriate timeline.

d) La SB97-A busca apoyar a los provedores de salud con cuestiones de medical liabilities. The SB97-A is to support health care providers to have less concerns with medical liabilities.


Por favor firme esta peticion y enviala a tus amigos. Please sign this petition and send it to friends!

Organizaciones que apoyan la SB97-3 incluyen - Organizations that support SB97-3 includ:

 POCHEC, People of Color Health Equity Collaborative

CHARLA, Collective Health Equity for Rooted Latinas/os & Africans

THE-TREE Institute

The Archimedes Movement

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

The Center for Intercultural Organizing

Oregon Action

Coalition of Community Health Clinics

The Oregon Bus Project

International Center for traditional Childbearing

Native American Youth and Family Center

African Women's Coalition

Family Forward Oregon

Oregon League of Minority Voters

Connecting Communities Coalition

Portland African American Leadership Forum

Sisters of the Road

Cascaid AIDS Project


Letter to
State Senator Peter Courtney
State Representative Vic Gilliam
State Representative Jim Weidner
and 18 others
State Representative Jim Thompson
State Representative Tim Freeman
State Representative Bill Kennemer
State Representative Julie Parrish
State Representative Jason Conger
State Representative Mark Johnson
State Representative Robert Jenson
State Representative Bruce Hanna
State Representative John Huffman
State Representative Vicki Berger
State Representative Betty Komp
State Representative Greg Smith
State Representative Caddy McKeown
State Representative Kevin Cameron
State Representative Sara Gelser
State Representative Tina Kotek
State Representative Andy Olson
Oregon State House
Be an Oregonian Equity Champion of 2011 Legislative Session!

Dear Representative, could you please answer to yourself, from the bottom of your heart, to these 3 questions:
1- Would like top make Health Equity in Oregon a reality for All Oregonians?
2- Do you want less medical liabilities over health care providers?
3- Do you want less ER costs, right?
If you answer yes to all the above, then, SB97-A is the right thing to do as the majority of Oregonians are saying today!

All Communities of Color including immigrants and refugees of Oregon want to express our happiness and thankfulness for your hard work and for have heard our collective voice!
The SB97-3 passed at the Senate Floor with 22 Votes!!!!
Yes, the Health Equity of All Oregonians can improve with less costs for us all!

We have met with you in person a few times. We have sent you letters of explanation and documents to support our reasons to have SB97-3 approved. We have accepted several of your colleagues reasoning and proposals to change the original bill, and, together we have reached to the SB97-3.

Here are the main aspects of the bill for your careful consideration to be approved:
1- SB97 (including its three amendments) directs the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)/Office of Multicultural Health & Service in collaboration with Oregon's health professional regulatory boards and other community stakeholders to develop continuing education standards relative to cultural competence, and to develop and implement Cultural Competency continuing education opportunities for licensed health care providers.

2- Fiscal impact is minimal. The bill includes evaluating costs of implementation and logistical issues associated with establishing requirements. Accredited Cultural Competency for health care providers are currently available free and in various learning modalities.

3- There is NO MANDATE requirement for health care professionals. The 97-1 amendment removed implementation timeline for health care licensing boards. OHA will work with the regulatory boards to establish appropriate timelines.

4- The SB97-3 will bring Oregon to a unique position nationally: less budget for emergency rooms visits, lower the costs of health care by its efficacy, one of the few states which is working effectively to face health disparities among its communities. We will be a National model to be followed!

!Gracias por su apoyo!

Sandra Hernandes, Ph.D.
Director of THE-TREE Institute,
POCHEC, People of Color Health Equity Collaborative
CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy for Rooted Latinas/os & Africans

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