Are we at a turning point? (Dec 2015)

December 2015 Newsletter View the original here This newsletter is a bit longer than most. There is a lot to cover and I had Thanksgiving break to give me both the time and impetus to reflect. Perhaps you’ll join me, pause, grab a cup of tea and take a moment to reflect. Over the break, my husband Craig and I …

Elemental Technologies Bright Spot

Elemental Technologies—headquartered in Portland, Oregon with staff around the globe—is a software company that specializes in providing solutions for multiscreen video delivery. Early on, Elemental CEO Sam Blackman recognized that health and wellness were key components to a successful business. He saw firsthand that healthier employees tend to be more productive, less absent, and highly creative. He also saw that …

Former Cover Oregon leader lands a new gig

October 5, 2015 – Portland Business Journal Aaron Patnode, former executive director of the now-defunct Cover Oregon health insurance exchange, has landed a new gig as executive director of an initiative to improve the health of Oregonians.  Patnode joined the Blue Zones Project in Oregon with Healthways, a Nashville-based company. Blue Zones is working in Partnership with the Oregon Healthiest …

Community Spotlight: Healthy Klamath

Nov 11, 2015 In addition, with a $100,000 grant from the Cambia Foundation, Pope and Van Dyke are collaborating with the Oregon Institute of Technology to create Geographic Information System (GIS) maps that compare health indicators, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, to social demographics, such as income and education. This will also be correlated with cost of healthcare …

Nov 3, 2015: Oregon Healthiest State to Showcase Progress and Opportunities at November 10th Summit

NOV 03, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Sarah Foster sarah@orhealthieststate.org 503-595-7615 Oregon Healthiest State to Showcase Progress and Opportunities at November 10th Summit PORTLAND, OR (October 30th, 2015) – Leaders from Oregon businesses, schools, nonprofits, and public agencies will gather on November 10th at Revolution Hall in Portland Oregon to make a shared committment to improve the health of all …

Lynne Saxton’s Leadership Crucial in Helping Oregon Become the Healthiest State (Aug 2015)

Aug 18, 2015 View the original here The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was created by the Legislature to transform the state’s health care system. OHA is dedicated to better care, better health, and lower health care costs for all Oregonians. OHA and its divisions support programs to increase healthy lifestyles and improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. We sat down …

Enthusiasm, Necessity Why Klamath is a ‘Blue Zone’

July 28, 2015 Done well, the project will have a big payoff. By Pat Bushey, H&N editorial page editor There are at least a couple of major reasons why Klamath Falls was chosen as a “Blue Zone” – a demonstration community that embraces a number of initiatives to increase community health. The first is that there is genuine enthusiasm in …

Cambia Health Foundation Helps Launch Blue Zones Project in Oregon

JUL 28, 2015 Klamath Falls Takes First Step to Implement Innovative Program with Comprehensive Assessment PORTLAND, Oregon & NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 28, 2015) – Cambia Health Foundation is bringing Blue Zones Project® to Oregon by providing leadership funding to Oregon Healthiest State, a collaborative project of the Oregon Business Council’s Charitable Institute. Blue Zones Project is a community-based initiative offered …

Achieving Financial Peace of Mind for Every Oregonian (June/July 2015)

July 1, 2015 View the original here Oregon is currently ranked 28th amongst all states for financial well-being or “managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.” As a state, we currently have limited knowledge of Oregonians’ economic values and financial well-being status. What we do know from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey is that when it …

Blue Zones: A good fit for Klamath Falls?

June 3, 2015 Herald and News – If and when the Blue Zones Project comes to Klamath Falls, it will act as the backbone for health improvement initiatives, while local organizations and individuals will be the muscle. That “backbone” analogy is a go-to phrase for Blue Zones Project consultant Erika Graves. Blue Zones is a backbone organization fostering collaboration under …