- 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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What About Us? Do you know what’s going on? Housing services for youth are transforming. Health delivery for kids and school based health centers are expanding. Behavioral health and intervention are gaining increased focus. The Youth Development Division at the Education Department is assuming programs formerly run by the Children and Families Commissions. Early Learning Hubs will soon be in …
Cover Oregon extended deadlines to give consumers until December 27 to select a plan that would take effect January 1, 2014 (if you applied to Cover Oregon by December 4). Read more here including about a temporary plan for OMIP members.
Elizabeth Hayes, writing in the Portland Business Journal, reports on a venture to create a Healthiest State Initiative, similar to the one now underway in Iowa: Oregon ranks No. 24 on a national well-being index, and that’s something Nike Inc., Cambia Health Solutions and Oregon Health and Science University find unacceptable and are working to change. It’s not unprecedented for a …
According to this article. About 9.4 percent of high school students in Oregon smoke, and more than 2,900 kids in the state take up the habit each year.
Photos from our annual conference held in February of 2013 Many thanks to board member Helen Ying for these photos. [Show picture list]