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DHS news release

Nov. 8, 2005


(DHS is distributing this news release as a courtesy to the state Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, a co-sponsor of the Nov. 17 summit.)


Program contacts
Oregon: Rick Wopat, M.D., (541) 451-7864, rwopat@samhealth.org
Washington: Holly Detzler, (360) 493-5566, detzlerh@crhn.org


Media contact: Paula Lowe, (360) 491-0109, pmrlowe@comcast.net


Oregon-Washington 100% Access Summit: Community-created solutions to the health care crisis



The Oregon-Washington 100% Access Summit will meet on Thursday, Nov. 17, for an all-day event beginning at 8 a.m. at the Emmanuel Temple Church, 1033 N. Sumner in Portland. Communities will share their solutions to the health care crisis.


"Our health care system is in crisis," says Washington Sen. Patty Murray, "but communities around the U.S. are showing that they can create a health care system that works."


At the summit, participants will learn from other communities how to build a powerful portfolio of activities to achieve 100 percent access in the next five years. They will explore how to use community-created solutions to save payers' (insurance companies) money. Participants will create a plan to better leverage local, state and federal resources to take community-created solutions to the next level of sustainability.


Congressional staff, state legislators and county officials will work together to identify and commit to strategies that better leverage local, state and federal health care resources. They will be challenged to commit to concrete strategies to stimulate community-created solutions to the health care crisis.


The Oregon Governor's Office is hosting the event, along with other government officials. For a complete list, visit the 100% Access Summit Web site.


Sponsors of the event are Northwest Health Foundation, The Oquirrh Institute, CHOICE Regional Health Network, Communities Connect, Communities Joined in Action, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Coalition of Community Health Centers, Samaritan Health Services and the National Policy Consensus Center.


To register for the summit, visit the 100% Access Summit Web site. The $25 fee includes conference materials and lunch.

For information in Oregon, contact Rick Wopat, M.D., (541) 451-7864, rwopat@samhealth.org. For information in Washington, contact Holly Detzler, (360) 493-5566, detzlerh@crhn.org.