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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We  wanted to reach out to you about some work the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is doing in order to set the statewide health priorities for 2020-2024.  We’d love to work with you to make sure we have diverse community voices at the table as a part of the state health assessment (SHA).  Please consider participating or sharing with your relevant networks.

What’s the state health assessment?

Much like community health assessments, the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is in the process of completing its SHA. The SHA describes the health of Oregon; and identifies areas for improvement, factors that impact health outcomes, and assets that can be mobilized to improve population health. The SHA forms the basis for the next State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), which is similar to community health improvement plans and will include statewide health priorities for 2020-2024. The Public Health Division is using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, widely used by CCOs and local health departments.

Since July 2017, the SHA Steering Committee has been leading a process to collect information about the health of people in Oregon and Oregon’s public health system overall.  In October 2017, we will be working with community-based organizations, health care, education and other partners to ask community members a few critical questions about their experiences related to health to be included in the SHA. The intention of these community meetings is to hear from individuals and groups experiencing health disparities, whose experiences with health may not be collected and reported in traditional population health data sets.

Community meeting objectives

    1. Listen to community members about experiences, strengths and needs related to health.
    2. Share topline findings from quantitative and qualitative assessments of the health of people in Oregon and the public health system in order to engage participants in a dialogue about health.

More information can be found at www.healthoregon.org/sha.

The schedule for the community meetings is as follows:  
  • La Grande | Wednesday, October 4, 2017 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Community Connections of Northeast Oregon 2204 E Penn Ave
  • Portland | Monday, October 9, 2017 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) 12360 E. Burnside
  • Eugene | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m.   | HIV Alliance 1195A City View Street
  • Grants Pass | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:30-11:30 a.m.   | AllCare Community Room 1701 NE 7th Street
  • Medford | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Southern Oregon University Higher Education Center 101 S. Bartlett Street
  • Newport | Friday, October 13, 2017 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Samaritan Health Education Building 740 SW 9th Street
  • Madras | Tuesday, October 24, 2017 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Madras Performing Arts Center Multipurpose Room 412 SE Buff Street
We’d like to ask if you would be willing to do one or more of the following:
  • Attend a community meeting  Include the state health assessment community questions on one of your board or advisory committee agendas between now and early November.
  • We would ask that you take notes and email them back to publichealth.policy@state.or.us after the meeting. The questions we are asking are:
    • What does well-being mean to you?
    • What does it take for your community to be healthy?
  • Share this brief survey with your constituents, which includes the questions listed above: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/shacommunitysurvey

More information can be found at www.healthoregon.org/sha.

Please note that due to room limitations, we are opening the community meetings only to partners and community members. Individual meetings will be staffed by the internal state health assessment team.

Thank you for your interest in the State Health Assessment. Questions can be directed to publichealth.policy@state.or.us.