- Who We AreAll great movements have started with people, because collective wisdom is stronger and smarter than any one individual. And we believe that it is time to leave partisan politics behind. We Can Do Better engages citizens in identifying barriers and solutions to improving health and health care for all.We combine traditional tools – community forums and workshops – with new media to bring people together. Online and in-person opportunities for the public to become informed, organize, and voice their opinions lead to real-time grassroots civic action that influences public policy debate. We want public and private programs to reflect our shared principles and framework. The process won’t always be easy or comfortable because we recognize we have tough choices ahead. We believe that positive and lasting social change only comes when engaged citizens work together in common cause. We Can Do Better is a non partisan space for civic engagement for people to develop strategies and solutions that inform public policy and result in better health and health care for all.
- What We DoEducation We optimize website, webinars, in-person sessions and our Annual Conference to accommodate those who understand health policy inside and out, along with those who are new to the language of insurance, health plans, health reform, public and private approaches. Education can be tailored for small groups or large gatherings. Workshops Since part of our mission is around engagement, each year we hold trainings on public speaking, framing and messaging, and how to be compelling when speaking with (or before) policy makers and decision makers. Coalitions Being a non-partisan organization allows us to work in coalitions with other organizations who share the belief that that health reform should result in better health, lower or contained costs, and a better experience for all of us who use the system – the essential components of the Triple Aim. Staff from We Can Do Better have played leadership roles in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage, the Oregon Health Reform Collaborative, the Allies Group, the Human Services Coalition of Oregon, and the Ladders to Leadership Initiative. Consultation Staff are available to meet with community organizations, local leaders and employers to sort through some of the complex issues that must be…
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In March 1995 President Bill Clinton declared the first week of April to be National Public Health Week. Here are some exceprts from his proclamation: While our society’s medical technology has advanced to a level unimaginable to the generations before, the crucial job of ensuring basic public health for all remains just beyond our reach. Providing safe living and working …
On April 6, 2013, our colleagues at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) will be hosting the State of Cultural Competency Community Forum and Action Plan at PCC Southeast Center. Over 100 community members from 20 different ethnic backgrounds, representing small businesses, faith leaders, health professionals and activists will gather to discuss the impact of culture on their …
Health Share of Oregon, the largest CCO in the state, is seeking applicants who might be interested in joining their Community Advisory Council. You can get more information here. It is a great opportunity to help shape how health care delivery is changed to better meet the needs of people in our community.
Great article from Yes magazine, highlighting the tangible things that any of us can do to improve our own health. There is even a poster for those who like visual inspiration. The list includes laughter, the arts, staying connected with friends, getting a massage and more. Check out the article here. It’s worth the read.