How We Lost the Vote But Won the Day, The Story of the 2013 Portland Pro-Fluoride Campaign

Cartoon teeth holding picket signs.

In 2013, a coalition of funders, community-led nonprofits, advisors and other allies came together to campaign for water fluoridation in Portland, OR. Although the ballot initiative did not pass, the campaign succeeded in helping community-based organizations build capacity for civic engagement. In this article, we share our experiences from the campaign, the obstacles we encountered and our lessons learned.

Upcoming Conferences, October-November 2015

 

Oral Health in the New Age of Aging | October 2

Perspectives on epigenetics, gerontology and chronic disease. Hosted by Oregon Oral Health Coalition in Portland, OR.

 

Black Parenting Symposium | October 3

We are the village. Hosted by Black Parent Initiative at Warner Pacific College.

 

School Health Conference | October 8-9

Creating cultures of wellness. Hosted by Oregon School-Based Health Alliance in Portland, OR.

 

9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference | October 9-11

Honoring our past, embracing our future. Hosted by International Center for Traditional Childbearing in Portland, OR.

 

Social Capital Research to Action Symposium | October 21

Increasing social capital to improve the health and well-being of our communities. Hosted by Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Center for Public Health Studies at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

 

RE: Conference | October 29-30

RE: Conference is for anyone with a mind for expanding opportunity in Oregon. Hosted by Neighborhood Partnerships in Salem, OR.

 

Oregon Public Health Association Conference & Meeting | October 12-13

Where will public health in our state go next? Hosted by the Oregon Public Health Association in Corvallis, Oregon.

 

CCO Tech & Data Conference | November 10

The changing needs of technology and data for successful coordinated care transformation. Hosted by CCO Oregon in Salem, Oregon.

 

Pathways to Health Equity | November 16

Success means getting there together. Hosted by the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion in Portland, Oregon.

 

Coordinated Care Model Summit | November 17

Share outcomes and lessons learned, and inspire future innovation in Oregon. Hosted by the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center in Portland, OR.

 

Behavioral Health System Town Halls |October 2 & 7; November 4, 9 & 20

This one's not technically a conference, but we still think it's important for you all to know about. Oregon Health Authority is seeking input from adolescents, adults and families who have had difficulties accessing mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Oregon.

 

Let us know if we're missing a conference! Comment below or email laura@northwesthealth.org.



Dental Health Awards Announced

The Oregon Community Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and other funding partners are happy to announce that we have awarded fifteen grants to improve children's dental health.

Healthy teeth is more than just preventing cavities. A child with tooth pain has difficulty paying attention in school, spends fewer hours in the classroom and ends up further behind their peers. With this funding strategy, we will improve educational outcomes by supporting the growth of comprehensive children's dental health programs in school settings. These programs will reach communities and regions in Oregon where kids are disproportionately affected by poor dental health.

The grant recipients include:

  • Centro Cultural of Washington County
  • Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties
  • Intermountain Education Service District
  • Kemple Memorial Children's Dental Clinic
  • La Clinica del Valle Family Health Care Center, Inc.
  • Lake Health District
  • Mercy Foundation
  • North Clackamas School District
  • One Community Health
  • Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation
  • Salem-Keizer School District
  • South Lane Children's Dental Clinic
  • Tillamook School District
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation
  • White Bird Clinic

This funding strategy represents one of Northwest Health Foundation's Regional Improvements, a program in our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Initiative

Tooth pain leads to more ER visits than you may think

A study commissioned by Oregon Health Funders Collaborative, including Northwest Health Foundation, and conducted by OHSU and the University of Washington, found that an average of almost 80 people a day visit emergency departments in Oregon for dental problems.

Why? Too many of our neighbors lack adequate dental care, including insurance and prevention. This means missed days from work, reduced income and, for many of our children, fewer hours in the classroom.

As Oregon Community Foundation—one of our Collaborative partners—put it, "we are focused on raising awareness of dental disease and investing in infrastructure to improve the system for all."

Read the report here.

About the Oral Health Funders Collaborative

The Oral Health Funders Collaborative was formed in 2011 to address one of Oregon’s most pressing public health problems: dental disease. Ten of our region’s top charitable foundations have pooled resources and coordinated efforts to raise awareness of oral disease and invest in research and infrastructure needed to improve oral health for residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Members include The Ford Family Foundation, The Dental Foundation of Oregon, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Health Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation, Providence Health & Services, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Samaritan Health Services, and Cambia Health Foundation. PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement contributed resources to the study as well.