- 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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Oregon should turn to the health care industry to fill a looming budget hole in its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan. The Affordable Care Act, including its expansion of Medicaid, has benefitted much of the health care industry. So, it is fitting that the health care industry chip in more to support Oregon’s Medicaid program, allowing Oregonians to continue …
NOTE: We Can Do Better, along with many other organizations, sent a letter of support for this effort. NEWS RELEASE January 13, 2017 Media Contact: Melissa Navas, 503-689-0248 Governor Kate Brown Secures Critical Next Step for Advancing Oregon’s Health Care Feds approve 5-year extension on state’s Medicaid program for vulnerable Oregonians (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced the State …
383,000 uninsured Oregonians, and thousands of working families who are under-insured and lack access to culturally competent healthcare. OHEA’s A Healthy Oregon: 21st Century Health Equity Priorities report provides a roadmap to key priorities that, with critical new investments, will improve outcomes and health equity in Oregon.
Oregon Health Equity Alliance Releases A Healthy Oregon: 21st Century Health Equity Investments Report Oregon currently ranks 31 in state public health funding, 21% below the median state. Too many Oregonians are sick and die prematurely due to preventable disease. The time is now to close the gap on persistent and historic health disparities. That is according to a report …
The cost of prescription drugs for tens of millions of Americans rose $2 billion last year, and all signs point to a continued rise. At stake is nothing less than the ability of Americans to afford the medicines they need. Can we stop the madness? Read about it here.
Portland State University alumnus and Harvard School of Public Health fellow Adolfo Cuevas shares the results of his study looking into mistrust of health care professionals by Portland’s African-American community. Listen to it here.