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.
Other supporters include:
Portland African American Leadership Forum
People of Color Health Equity Collaborative
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.