- 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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Read about Lane County’s CCO is paying pregnant women to stop smoking? What do you think of this approach?
This week there were both a local and national article highlighting the high cost of specialty care. This New York Times article highlights specialty care and this local piece focuses on the inconsistent costs of cesarean sections and births. Come to our conference on April 24 and learn ore about price transparency and what you can do to impact it.
Dr. Sam Metz one of the “Mad as Hell Doctors” is working on raising funds for a study on universal care in Oregon. Read more here.
This Monday’s Think Out Loud on OPB Radio show covered the emergency room visit study. It went deeper then most coverage and there were many good questions from callers. It is important to remember that this data was from 2008-2010. Listen for yourself.
Oregon has moved up 1 from 14 according to the America’s Health Ranking. See 2013 infographic ranking Oregon #13 in health indicators.