“Future of Healthcare” Video

Our Panel Discussion, recorded on September 15, 2020 features an outstanding panel of physicians. These health care experts share their views of how health care is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it needs to change. Click below to watch this very timely and important discussion.

You can read more about the speakers in our previous post: https://lwvpdx.org/the-future-of-healthcare/

This program will also be shown on Comcast and Frontier cable channels. See the schedule below.

Heartbreaking & Horrifying

Our hearts go out to the many Oregonians who have suffered terrible losses because of the current wildfires. We had already been living with great challenges. Now an unprecedented number of communities in Oregon and neighboring states face fear and devastation beyond anything we ever imagined. We are grateful to the firefighters battling the blazes and all those supporting the victims and evacuees. To help, please visit the Red Cross website https://www.redcross.org/. And please stay safe.

Moving Toward Real Change

Headline in The Oregonian, Sept. 6, 2020, photo by Beth Nakamura

Protests have always played an important role in drawing attention to the need to change our laws and attitudes. Battles for civil rights and voting rights went on for  years, with many marches and demonstrations. Disrupting normal life with a demonstration can attract media attention that helps the movement.

Police officers pass a fire lit by protesters on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) in The Skanner

On the other hand, violence between protesters and the police or the destruction of property may turn attention away from the protesters’ real message.

Real change comes with legislative action and citizen engagement. Oregonians have powerful tools to enact change through voting and contacting our elected leaders.

How the LWV can help

The League of Women Voters is dedicated to promoting public involvement in politics. To that end, we are working hard to provide solid nonpartisan information to voters for the coming General Election. You soon will be able to find plenty of unbiased election information about local candidates and measures on our November 3, 2020 General Election webpage. We also encourage people to let their representatives know what they want; we provide contact information for all the Multnomah County Elected Officials here.

Where We Stand on the Ballot Measures

In addition to providing balanced information, the League of Women Voters often speaks out on issues. Our Board of Directors has voted to endorse some of the local ballot measures. Although the League never supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, we do take positions on issues we have studied. Using our advocacy positions and what we have learned and are learning through balanced studies of violence prevention, justice and police accountability, we are endorsing the proposed City Charter Amendment to authorize a new police oversight board. We have paid to publish a statement in favor of this measure in the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet. Read our statement about the charter amendment here. You can also see all our LWV of Portland measure endorsements here.

The Future of Healthcare

A Zoom Panel Discussion

In mid-September, we are conducting a Zoom panel discussion about the future of healthcare in Oregon. The recording of this discussion will be posted on this website.

Our three panelists are physicians, who also are experts on public health, women’s health, and current health care challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic.

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH is the Founding Dean of the joint OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He will talk about how people’s living conditions influence their health. What does this mean for treating COVID-19? Can we “treat” our way to better health?

 

Michelle Berlin, MD, MPH is Vice Chair of Public Health and Faculty Affairs, as well as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and Preventative Medicine in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She directs the OHSU Center of Women’s Health, an innovative health care center addressing the unique health problems of women.

Divneet Kaur, MD specializes in family practice. She is also the Interim Director of the Multnomah County Mid County Health Center in east Portland. She will bring her unique perspective on healthcare inequities, particularly in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities.

MODERATOR:  Joanna M. Cain, MD, is a retired Professor of Ob/Gyn and Radiation Oncology, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, and past Professor and Director of the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU. She presently works with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the global Eliminate Cervical Cancer initiative, and with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on clinical trials with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

Each panelist will address how COVID-19 has revealed many of the issues around our current healthcare system. What lessons can we learn as we address this crisis? How can these lessons lead to beneficial changes in the future?

MetroEast logoMetroEast Community Media will record this program. Then we will post the link on this website and you can view it  from our YouTube channel. It will also be cablecast on public access TV channels Comcast 29 and 329 and Frontier 27.

Check this website again on or after September 18 to access and view this important panel discussion.

Women’s Equality Day!

On August 26, 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the certification on the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment states that the right to vote cannot be denied on account of a citizen’s sex. It gave 26 million American women the right to vote. Unfortunately, some women were still denied the vote because of their race or ethnicity. So this was an important beginning, but much more needed to be done.

Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York was a leader for women’s rights.

In 1973, U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution to make August 26 Women’s Equality Day. Her resolution  was passed by Congress on August 16, 1973. Every year since then, each U.S. President has proclaimed August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, honoring women’s voting rights and recognizing that work toward full equality for women is progressing, but not yet complete.