In Oregon, we are transforming our health care system for all Oregonians – opening up access, improving coordination among providers, and dramatically improving health outcomes.
We’re rebuilding the way we deliver health care one step at a time, and while there are no quick fixes, we’re making progress, in no small part due to strong partnerships and cooperation.
This kind of collaboration and cooperation is essential if we are to overcome one of the more serious health issues facing our state – children’s cancer, which not only affects kids and families, but ultimately our whole community. For Oregon to be stronger, we must ensure we’re doing everything we can for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
Better science and earlier diagnosis are helping, but we can’t let up our efforts, especially when the number of children diagnosed with cancer continues to increase. We must ensure we’re prepared to respond with effective public health resources and support for promising research.
I’m so pleased to join with all of you today for this worthy cause. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Together we can increase our support of dedicated health care providers and researchers working both on the front lines and behind the scenes.
We have so much to be thankful for in Oregon, but we also know that there’s plenty of work to do to give every person our state the chance to succeed. That’s exactly the kind of spirit that brings all of you here today to fight children’s cancer and build a better future for all of Oregon’s kids, and I thank you for your commitment and your compassion.