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How are we doing?August 11, 2014
Hello DHS,

Last week’s message was to keep you in the loop about the Town Hall meetings we’ve been holding. We finished meetings in Portland, Bend, Eugene and Medford, as well as a statewide webinar. This week, we’ll be holding the final Town Hall in Pendleton. At those Town Halls, I haven’t been talking about the work we do broken down by DHS program area. Instead, I have been talking about our work in a way that doesn’t rely on an organization chart or a budget breakdown to understand.

Here’s what I mean:

  • Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving family;
  • Every adult Oregonian deserves to live in safety, free from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation;
  • Oregonians have the right to live independently with dignity, choice and self-determination;
  • Every Oregonian can work to the best of their abilities to contribute to their family and their community; and
  • Oregonians have the right to be served by an effective, efficient government, focused on their needs.

So how are we doing in reaching those important goals? I’ve attached the slide I used to wrap up the Town Hall meetings. It’s based on our QBR scorecard but in a simplified presentation. We asked community members to give us feedback and ask questions, and we’ve received hundreds of comments and questions for follow up.

So I am asking you, too – How are we doing? Take a look at the goals above and the scorecard slide, then send me your feedback and questions​. How are we doing?

Have a great week!



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