Who Cares? CareOregon Staff Newsletter February 2007
What a difference a year makes!


The Beginning of Change - Primary Care Renewal
by Maileen Hamto, Communications

CareOregon's Primary Care Renewal Team Leaders
CareOregon's Primary Care Renewal team leaders. From left to right: Melinda Muller, Legacy Emanuel Clinic; Gil Munoz, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center; Nick Gideonse and Ann O'Connell, OHSU Richmond; and Claudia Krueger, Central City Concern

Leading the way toward transforming primary care delivery, CareOregon is partnering with provider clinics in piloting the “medical home” primary care model.

Inspired by the clinical team-based approach in providing primary care that has worked so well in Alaska’s South Central Foundation, CareOregon is working with four provider clinics to pilot the Primary Care Renewal (PCR) project: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center- Cornelius Clinic; Central City Concern; Legacy Emanuel Clinic; and OHSU Richmond Clinic.

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Project Homeless Connect
The CareOregon team shares their stories and experiences.

At Project Homeless Connect in Portland, hundreds of volunteers spent an entire day personally helping homeless people and families. These volunteers-people of all different backgrounds, from business leaders to stay-at-home parents to formerly homeless people-joined together for one day to do something extraordinary. They looked homeless people in the eye, asked them their name and listened to their stories. They asked homeless people to tell them what they needed to turn their lives around.

To learn more about Project Homess Connect please visit their web site.

Sharing our stories ...

Embracing Diversity
All Systems Go for Diversity Team Initiatives
by Maileen Hamto, Communications

Take our Diversity Quiz.

Why is there a need for a diversity team?
Who are we?

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OPEX: Let the games begin!
by Maileen Hamto, Communications

Contrary to what you may have heard by the pool table, CareOregon is not initiating a companywide Battleship tournament.

By now, every CareOregonian is familiar with the bubbles that make up the balanced scorecard–the strategy map intended to guide important decisions about our way forward as a company.

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At The Movies
"The Pursuit of Happyness"
Reviewed by
Cheri (Nikki) Smith, Claims

Cheri (Nikki) Smith
Ever heard the saying, “What does not kill you will only make you stronger?”  The strength of the human spirit and a father’s love are beautifully demonstrated in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

What is refreshing, and makes this movie even more appealing, is how Gardner’s character always remains humble, does the right thing, and never blames anyone else for the circumstances in his life.
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A Good Read
“Eat, Pray, Love”
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Reviewed by Lisa Hughet
Member Services

I have been thoroughly enjoying this wonderful book, although it is not a typical travel book as most of the important traveling done by the author is of the spiritual and psychological nature not simply geographical.
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"44 Scotland Street"
by Alexander McCall Smith
Reviewed by Rayanne Edwards
Customer Service

My review is of Alexander McCall Smith’s new series, 44 Scotland Street.The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in the author’s home city of Edinburgh. 
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Little-known Facts
We live so many other lives outside 315 SW Fifth!

David Labby, MD, Medical Management
I worked for US Steel as a Millwright for eight years.

Emily Katz, Public Policy
My first job in politics was in Washington DC, serving as an intern for the Senator/Astronaut John Glenn.

Summer Ireland, Utilization Management
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Music, specializing in opera performance and conducting. I currently sing in the Portland women’s chamber choir, Belle Voci.

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Foggy Morning, photographed by Sonia Ortiz, Member ServicesCareOregon Gallery
Sonia Ortiz
and Sharon Madara

Two talented photographers and co-workers show us examples of their work.

See the creative photography of Sonia Ortiz, Customer Service, and Sharon Madara, Provider Services.
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Eleanor RooseveltMarch is National Women's History Month
What does it take to be great?

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Quotations from other women in history ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.In February we celebrated
Black History Month

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotations from other great men and women of color ...

Learn more about black history on
www.biography.com ...

What exactly is a Disaster Recovery Plan?
by Ty Percy
What exactly is a Disaster Recovery Plan?Do you ever wonder what would happen if CareOregon suffered a major disaster?  What if our building flooded?  Burned down?  Fell down?  What if? 

The good news is, most of you don't have to worry about that. 

Read on ...

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In This Issue
A Good Read -- Book Review
At the Movies
Calendar of Events
Featured Articles
CareOregon Gallery
Healthy Living
How 'bout lunch?
CareOregon Service Anniversaries
Volunteer Opportunities
What's Cookin'?
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Wear Red Day at CareOregon
February 2, 2007

Wear Red Day at CareOregon
Photography by Maileen Hamto
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National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness.

The Heart Truth—a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease—created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.  The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.  National Wear Red Day promotes the symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin.

We congratulate
Sharon Hummert in Medical Management who successfully completed her degree in Health Care Administration in December from St. Joseph's College of Maine. Well done Sharon!

Happy Chinese New Year!
2007 is the year of the boar

Those born in boar years tend to have excellent manners, make and keep friends, work very hard, and appreciate luxury. They are very loving and make loyal partners.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  The Chinese year 4705 began on Feb. 18, 2007.

Who among us were born in these noble years?

Read Ly Nguyen's article ...

Celebrating The Year of the Boar at Portland's Classical Chinese Garden
Photography by Sydney Barron, age 4

Hey, check this out!
Audio books can now be downloaded from the Washington County Library website. Beginning January 30, 2006, best-selling titles have been available 24/7 from the Washington County Cooperative Library Services website, and are playable on a patron’s PC or MP3 player at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world. These computer files expire after two weeks so there is no need to return items and no late fees. Library2Go is free for all Washington County Cooperative Library Services cardholders.To use these audio books a patron needs a valid library card, access to the Internet and free digital book software (available on the Library2Go page accessed through the WCCLS website). Library 2Go Audio Books are playable on any device with Windows Media Player  software.

Just a reminder!
Don't forget to visit the CareOregon one-stop shopping site for Benefits and HR forms. It's called MyUSI and you can find it at:

Use the following User ID and Password:
User ID: coemp1
Password: login
Hit "enter"
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