Training Opportunities — September 30, 2011

Call for proposals:  2011 Making it Better Conference – Creating a Healthier Community Together.  This conference will be held November 14-16, 2011 in Minneapolis.

The 2011 Making it Better Conference will bring together stakeholders from throughout the country to increase knowledge of best practices; build skills in policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change efforts; and facilitate learning from each other in an effort to address the epidemic of obesity and commercial tobacco use and exposure.

Webinar: The Power of Policy – A Cost-Effective Tool for Improving Population Health, October 5th 11:00 AM Pacific
This webinar, the first in a series focused on policy as a tool for population health improvement, will discuss the critical role policy plays in creating the physical and social environments that promote health. It will also explore how focusing on policy can be a cost-effective and efficient use of shrinking health department resources

Webinar: Health in the United States – A Review of the First Decade of the 21st Century, October 6th 8:00 AM Pacific

This webinar, sponsored by www.healthypeople.gov, will present key findings from the Healthy People 2010 Final Review, a quantitative end-of-decade assessment of progress in achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals.

Webinar: Healthier Corner Stores – Finding the Funding, October 27th, 10:00 AM Pacific    In the webinar, participants will learn how to identify and leverage government tools and financing mechanisms to create healthier convenience stores.  Advocates can tap into a range of programs through federal, state, and local agencies to help make corner stores a source of fresh, healthy food instead of just liquor and cigarettes.

Staying at Home Summit – Housing Options that Support Healthy Aging (pdf), November 3rd, Salem This one-day event will feature three approaches being used in Oregon communities to support accessible supportive housing for older adults and people with disabilities.  This event is being offered in conjunction with the Oregon Civic Engagement Conference, with $40 scholarships available specifically for attending this session (pdf).

Oregon Health Authority Invites You to Community Meetings

You are invited to join the Oregon Health Authority for a community meeting about coming changes to the Oregon Health Plan. Under bipartisan legislation passed earlier this year, state lawmakers set a vision for local Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), with a goal of better health, better care and lower costs.

Under the legislation, local CCO’s will be responsible for administering the delivery of physical, mental, addiction, oral and other health care to the more than 600,000 child and adult Oregonians served by the Oregon Health Plan.  Pending approval, the first CCO will launch in 2012.

Community meetings are now scheduled throughout Oregon to help Oregonians learn more:

Pendleton:  Monday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m.
Florence:  Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m.
Bend:  Thursday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Portland:  Monday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m.
Eugene:  Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Astoria:  Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.

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