Who Cares? is a newsletter by and for the employees of CareOregon
Visit our Gallery to view the winning entries of our first Children's Art Contest!
View the winning entries from our 1st children's art contest!

Telling their stories with art
The winning entries of our first children's art contest
by Maileen Hamto

Thanks to all who cast their votes for the children’s art contest! We received lots of wonderful art from children ages 4-12 when we asked members to send us their drawings in the CareLink member newsletter.

As you know, more than 50% of our members are children age 14 and younger. Our goal for the contest is to encourage an active lifestyle among our young members. We received about 40 drawings – all of them a wonderful depiction of a slice of a child’s life.

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CareOregon Goes to Salem
We hit the road to tell our story
by Maileen Hamto

Several CareOregon staff members had a unique opportunity to talk about our collective passion for our work at the “We the People” photo exhibit at the state capitol on May 14 and 15. ...

David Lima, Member Services: "It was very interesting, very hustle and bustle. People were there to make a point, get their message across and bring awareness to their issues. It was an eye-opening experience."
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API Quality Management Initiative
What does it mean to you?
by Fritz Rankin

Accelerated Process Improvement (API)

In April, approximately 30 CareOregon staff members and a number of provider clinic employees worked with quality improvement expert Jane Norman, a principal in an Austin, Texas organization helping companies improve. The Accelerated Process Improvement (API) workshop focuses on rapid system improvement.

... One fun part of the training was having each participant fill out a Strength Deployment Inventory - a tool that identified each person’s personal strengths and overdone strengths (aka weaknesses?).  This self-evaluation helped with understanding how we relate to others, what our natural tendencies are when handling conflict, and how our motivational value system determines how we view the world.

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A Good Read

Teresa Boatright reviews On the Day You Were Born“On the eve of your birth, word of your coming passed from animal to animal… and the marvelous news migrated worldwide.” And so begins this touching piece of children’s poetry, one which will delight both parent and child.

On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier, celebrates the birth of a child by depicting how the earth and all its creatures prepare for your child’s arrival.
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Hey, What are you doin' this summer?

"I'll be hanging out with my new son, Athan, this summer!"

At the end of July I'm going to spend a week in Bend on the lake in a cabin. I'll be floating around, hanging out by the waterfall and playing with the deer.

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Walking is something I have always done.  When I was a young child I walked ten blocks to school.  I never thought about exercise being a part of walking.  Now that I’m older, walking is a part of my daily exercise. 

Last year I joined the 24 Hour Fitness gym and committed myself to working out.  But being inside when the weather was nice just wasn’t where I wanted to be. By joining the gym I set a goal and one of them was to lose some of the pounds that I gained over the years and to become healthier.
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Around Town

Perhaps some of you have heard of the nearby neighborhood commonly referred to “Trendy Third," Nob Hill, or The Alphabet District.  Nestled just below where Washington Park ends, Forest Park begins and Burnside Street ends its downtown pathway, is this quaint little neighborhood which has an abundance of unique shopping, dining and historic homes.  For some a great place to visit, for others a great place to live.

My husband and I have had the pleasure of living in this area ever since we first moved to Portland in June of 2001.
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In This Issue
A Good Read Book Review
Around Town by Lorraine Houck
Calendar of Events
CareOregon Diversity Committee Events
Featured Articles
FYI - For Your Information
CareOregon Gallery
Healthy Living
Service Anniversaries
Summer Fun in and Around Portland
Volunteer Opportunities
What's Cookin'? at CareOregon!
Who Cares? Archive - Past Issues

Summer Camps for Kids
in and around Portland

To celebrate America’s birthday, we’re also planning a companywide potluck on July 3. We’re asking staff to bring in dishes and desserts from various ethnic cuisines – watch your e-mail for more details.
Our National Parks

Healthy Kids Plan

By Emily Katz
Public Policy
Governor Ted Kulongoski’s plan to cover all of Oregon’s 117,000 uninsured children has resurfaced at the end of this legislative session.  The plan would get all currently Medicaid eligible kids enrolled through Medicaid Managed Care plans like CareOregon and provide a subsidy for private insurance for those children who are over 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
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