April 4 Panel Discussion on Mental Health, Housing, and Homelessness

Zoom Webinar
April 4, 2023 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us on April 4th when a panel of community leaders will discuss chronic homelessness as a public health issue. They will explain how they are trying to provide health care and shelter to people with mental illness and/or addiction, and the need for more shelters, and supportive affordable low-income housing.  

Members of the public are invited to join us for this Zoom Webinar, by registering on or before April 3 at 8 pm.  To register, complete the short registration form here, or enter the following link in your browser: https://forms.gle/ooRW5NfePQkixxCZA. LWVPDX members do not need to register and will receive a Zoom link before the meeting.

The panel includes: 

Jill Kahnert, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, retired from Central City Concern, will talk about persons who are homeless and adrift, and the high prevalence of both mental illness and addiction for adults and youth.


Jason Renaud, LWVPDX League member, and Voluntary Managing Director of the Mental Health Association of Portland, will explain the perils of not providing health care to people with mental illness or addiction, and who have experienced trauma resulting from homelessness. He will also moderate the program.


Scott Kerman, Executive Director, Blanchet House, will speak about how trauma, the mental health crisis, and self-medicating with dangerous substances impact people in our community, and the lack of resources and access.


Rachael Duke, Executive Director of Community Partners for Affordable Housing, will discuss how a person moves from shelter to long-term housing, to transitional or to permanent supportive housing and what success looks like.


This program may be viewed on public access television channels at the   times listed below.

“Future of Healthcare” Video

Our Panel Discussion, recorded on September 15, 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 was recorded by MetroEast Community Media. It is shown from time to time on Comcast cable channels 21, 29, 321, 329 and Frontier cable channels 37, 32. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation provided funding for the recording. 


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.

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