ENSURING EVERY CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY HAS AN EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED Speech to the Oregon Alliance May 5, 2022 American novelist Wendell Berry once said: “It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, […]
There are over 45,000 children born each year in Oregon, and we cannot afford to lose a single one. Yet every day that passes without an effective way to ensure that each and every one of these children truly has an equitable opportunity to succeed, some will be lost. And every time that happens, we are all diminished and we lose a little bit more of the soul of our state. It is imperative that we act on this now—our children can’t wait … and neither should we.
I wanted to share this link to a podcast on Transforming Health Care for Kindergarten Readiness that I did recently for the Oregon Children’s Institute. We know that among the factors that contribute most to lifetime health status, our medical system is a relatively minor contributor. Far more important are things like healthy pregnancies, housing, nutrition, stable families, safe […]
If we are to be successful in effectively addressing the socioeconomic and racial inequities and health disparities that continue to plague our society, the sources that lead to these adverse outcomes must be identified as early as possible during the first 1,000 days of life (from conception to age two), when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment are established.
VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 101 (To maintain funding for the Oregon Health Plan) The legislators who are attempting to undermine the Oregon Health Plan by throwing 350,000 Oregonians under the bus—many of them children—have adopted an Oregon version of the congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no viable alternative to replace […]
Contrary to what we are being told by our current political leadership, the greatest threat to America is not terrorism, immigration or our trade deficit with China. It is the fact that nearly sixty percent of our children are exposed, at a very early age, to one or more risk factors that can severely and […]