The Hidden Epidemic: Intersections of Trauma and Opioids

By now it’s hard to imagine that anyone in the social service sector would be unaware of the current opioid epidemic—the largest anthropogenic epidemic in human history, according to University of Washington professor Dr. Gary Franklin. From 2005-2016, opioid use in the United States fueled a 51% increase in the combined death rate from drug … Read more

Did you know your relationships affect your health? Advocates Support Health Systems and Survivors

By: Emily Fanjoy, Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center Healthy relationships promote overall health and well-being. Unsurprisingly, unhealthy and abusive relationships contribute to poor health. Though many healthcare providers and much of the general public assume that abusive relationships are defined by the presence of physical violence, research shows what advocates and survivors already know– that emotional … Read more

Healthcare in 2017: what you need to know

Many survivors of domestic and sexual violence are recipients of health care made possible by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or sometimes known as “Obamacare”), which supports programs such as our Oregon Health Plan and Federally Qualified Health Centers, as well as other public funding programs that make possible health care for … Read more

What you need to know to partner with healthcare (including a new Oregon Resource Guide)

Help OCADSV support programs and advocates navigating healthcare partnerships by joining the Guide review committee!  We need your input. Sarah Keefe, OCADSV Health Systems Coordinator “A local public health clinic’s waiting room is packed every day.  Their staff have tight protocols to keep clinic flow moving and patients in and out the door, receiving care.  … Read more

Thanks to DV/SA testimony: Intimate partner violence recognized as a social determinant of health in Oregon

Domestic and sexual violence intervention services (DV/SA) included in Oregon Health Authority’s request to the federal government for inclusion in service reimbursement for Coordinated Care Organizations under Medicaid Sarah Keefe, OCADSV Health Systems Coordinator Domestic violence is a core social determinant of health.  Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) “better care, smarter spending, and … Read more