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Petitioning State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson and 4 others

We Need Your Leadership Now - Urge Our Senate to Support SB 97- Culturally Competent Health Care

The Urban League of Portland needs your help.  People of color do not fare as well as the majority population on a range of health outcomes. SB (Senate Bill) 97 increases cultural competency standards for all licensed health care professionals. This will improve health outcomes for people of color through improved preventative medicine and culturally appropriate care.

SB 97 had a public hearing on February 21st. The Urban League along with other supporters testified in favor of the bill.  The bill needs be passed out of committee so it can move along in the legislative process. It is currently being held up by committee members and could be killed in the committee.

Sign the petition to tell members of the Senate Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee to vote SB 97 successfully out of the Working Committee.   We need to let them know that it's important to have health professionals who can understand, communicate with and provide quality care to all Oregonians.

Our Voices United - Legislative Action Day is coming April 19th! Join us as we stand-up for our community and make our voices heard! For more information visit or call 503-280-2600

Other supporters include:

Portland African American Leadership Forum

People of Color Health Equity Collaborative

The Archimedes Movement

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

The Center for Intercultural Organizing

Oregon Action

The Tree Institute

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

Letter to
State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
State Senator Betsy Close
State Senator Chip Shields
and 2 others
State Senator Jeff Kruse
State Senator Alan Bates
The passage of SB 97 out of committee is critical to developing more effective health care in Oregon for Oregon's growing diverse communities. Cultural competence is essential for assuring quality health care. It will decrease medical costs by improving provider-patient communication. Such training will increase the rate of accurate diagnoses. Improved trust in health care providers will cut down unnecessary emergency room visits.

As heath care costs rise and as Oregon becomes more diverse, it is imperative that you take steps to ensure a more effective health care workforce, which will keep costs down and treat Oregonians with respect.

This bill is needed because not all clinics and not all providers are culturally competent. This bill would provide additional support to clinics already providing cultural competence continuing education, and provide cultural competence to providers in numerous settings beyond primary care clinics where people receive important care for their physical and mental health.

This is the only comprehensive health equity reform being considered this legislature session. Given the significant demographic shifts in Oregon, improved understanding of Oregon's diverse communities is absolutely necessary to assure the optimal health of all Oregonians. Your support of SB 97 is critical.

Please support SB 97. Thank you for your time and consideration.