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Salem City Club Program Archive 

Healthcare for Oregonians Series

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Salem City Club Presents: Win, Place, Show: Wagering on Health Care Reform. This program is the final session of the 5-part series, Health Care for Oregonians: Health Care Reform in the Salem Community

Presenters: Stephanie Bernell, Ph.D., Michael C. Huntington, M.D. and Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Program Date: 3/7/14


Healthcare for Oregonians Series

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Salem City Club Presents Coordinated Care Organizations: Oregon’s Unique Approach to Better Health Care Outcomes Health Care for Oregonians Series

Presenting:  Dr. William C. “Bud” Pierce, M.D., WVP Health Authority, Board of Directors

Cheryl Nester Wolfe, Chief Operating Officer, Salem Health; Current Vice-Chair, Willamette Valley Community Health CCO.

Dean Andretta, Interim Executive Director, Willamette Valley Community Health CCO,(Substituting for Ruth Rogers Bauman).

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Program Date: 2/14/14


Healthcare for Oregonians Series

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Salem City Club Presents: Bruce Goldberg, Director Oregon Health Authority 

Program Date: 9/13/13
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Salem City Club Presents: Congressman Kurt Schrader
Program Date: 11/8/2013
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Salem City Club Presents:
From a Cottage Industry to Corporate Entities: How and Why Hospitals Must Change to Survive, Norm Gruber, President and CEO of Salem Health
Program Date: 11/22/13 
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Salem City Club Presents: Coordinated Care Organizations:
Oregon's Unique Approach to Better Health Care Outcomes 
Program Date: 2/14/14
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Salem City Club Presents: Win, Place, Show: Wagering on Health Care Reform 

Program Date: 3/7/14
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Fast Trains For Oregon: Sustainable Transportation


Noon - Friday, May 6, 2011


Lynn Peterson
Mayor Kitty Piercy

Britta Franz



On May 6, in Part 2 of this series, Salem City Club will provide answers as to how can we achieve improved rail and related mass transit, in the public realm, both near term and long term.

Strong ridership on public transit systems is directly related to service that is:
- regular;
- safe;
- convenient; and
- affordable.

Strong ridership reduces demand on our roads and highways and reduces energy costs per passenger mile.  Come prepared to learn and ask questions of our three expert speakers.  They will describe how we can best move to a well functioning and accessible rail system that attracts riders and thus earns the label of “sustainable” in both the environmental and financial realms.

Salem Reinvented: Two Big Fantastic Ideas from the
UO / City of Salem Sustainable City Year Program


Noon - Friday, April 22, 2011


Linda Norris, Salem City Manager

Nico Larco, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the U of O

Matthew Linn, Molly Rogers, Will Smith


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It is rare that any city gets an opportunity to be sweepingly re-envisioned at one go. Over the past eight months this is exactly what has happened in Salem through a unique collaboration between the City of Salem and the

University of Oregon’s multiple award-winning Sustainable Cities Initiative. Join us Friday, April 22nd at noon when we hear and see first hand what has been envisioned.

Salem City Club presents two exciting, exemplary design projects from Sustainable City Year (

Salem): the Civic Center and Police Facility Options Project and the North Downtown Waterfront design project. They are among 16 high priority projects designated by the city that have involved over 500 upper-level and graduate students participating in 28 classes during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Salem City Manager Linda Norris will speak on the value of the collaboration to our city, while UO Professor Nico Larco and UO students Molly Rogers, Matthew Linn, and Will Smith will provide presentations on the two featured design projects and the Sustainable Cities Initiative. 

The Civic Center and Police Facility Options Project is a 2011 winner of an NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy – a prestigious award conferred by National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. Forty Architecture and Interiors Architecture students investigated whether and where a new Police Department headquarters facility could fit onto the present

Civic Centercampus. This work resulted in several design ideas that will be presented at the session. Student designs incorporate the operational security needs of the Police Department facility with enhanced public access to the community spaces on Civic Centergrounds, Council Chambers, and other gathering areas. The Civic Centerdesign is variously reconfigured to develop collaborative workspaces and to promote interaction between departments. This spring a Council Subcommittee will recommend whether Council should pursue a bond measure to support the construction of the new Police facility.

The North Downtown Waterfront design project envisions a new urban design framework for the industrial area north of downtown. With an eye toward a 30-year planning horizon, students break up north downtown’s large blocks with new east/west streets, move the rail line to the west of

Front Streetwith trees separating traffic from pedestrians. The scheme integrates Vision 2020 community preference by featuring such valued amenities as bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation connections. New building concepts for the area are offered, including breweries and wine facilities, an urban river research center, cultural and recreational facilities (such as museums celebrating the area’s heritage, a movie house), housing and an extended stay hotel. The long-range design reflects Salem’s evolving embrace of its greatest natural asset – the Willamette River.

Pain at All Levels
Third in a series of three programs centered on fallout from the ‘great recession’


Health and Safety: How Can Oregon Preserve Service Integrity?

Noon - Friday, April 8, 2011


Rodney Schroeder, Interim Deputy Director for NorthWest Senior and Disability Services
Cyndi Astley, Deputy Director of Community Action Agency

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Since March 2008, Oregon has experienced a recession characterized by high unemployment and overall economic slowing. The unemployment rate climbed to 11.6 percent in May of 2009, the highest level since 1983, and has remained above 10% for over two years.  Today, Oregon’s unemployment rate stands at 10.2 percent.  As a result, citizens increasingly must utilize the services offered by the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Human Services, and County and local agencies.

During the current 2009-11 biennium, the economic recession curtailed revenue from the Oregon General Fund and other sources.  The revenue outlook for the 2011-13 biennium is also bleak. This reduction in available revenue has caused State, County and other agencies to begin to limit the number of clients they serve or lower the amount, duration and scope of services available.
Thus, just as the need for services is increasing, the funding needed to provide those services are decreasing.  Many Oregonians are struggling to meet their basic needs (e.g. food, housing, health care).  As we heard in Part I of this “Pain” series, the challenge of meeting basic needs often results in stressful family situations (e.g. homelessness, domestic violence, abuse/neglect of elders and children and more).  Yet, funding, staff and capacity shortages at OHA/DHS and its community partners make it difficult to meet the increasing demand. 

The Oregon Health Plan is the health insurance provider for about 15% of all Oregonians (38% of all Oregon children), covering about 500,000 lives. 

In the long-term care arena, the Seniors and People with Disabilities Division is responsible for case management and other services provided to about 18,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities and approximately 30,000 individuals who are aged or physically disabled.  Local contracted Area Agencies On Aging provide services to the majority of individuals in Oregon who are aged and physically disabled and qualify for public assistance.

At the local level, organizations such as county health departments, community action agencies and others provide vital additional support for the needs expressed.
Our speakers will address the current challenges of maintaining a strong safety net for those most in need among us.

Pain at All Levels

Second in a series of three programs centered on fallout from the ‘great recession’


Pain Experienced in getting to Retirement and Security (PERS)

Noon - Friday, March 18, 2011


Paul Cleary, Executive Director of OPERS
Bob Livingstone, Legislative Director Oregon State Fire Fighters Council

John Lattimer, Chief Administrative Officer for Marion County

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Bob Livingstone Handouts - Click Here to View

Oregonians are known for their passionate discussions about the weather and politics but Salem area residents have a third subject at the top of their list…the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

With thousands of members working and retiring in the Capitol City and surrounding areas, knowing the latest about their pension plan and how the current economic downturn affects it, is always a point of discussion.

Pain at All Levels

First in a series of three programs centered on fallout from the ‘great recession’


Violence in Our Homes - What Can be Done?

Noon - Friday, March 4, 2011


Jayne Downing, Executive Director for Women's Crisis Service
Walter Beglau, Marion County District Attorney

Marked increases in levels of domestic violence now plague Salem, and Marion County .  Also, calls to the Crisis Hotline from people considering suicide have increased dramatically.  These two faces of increased violence – turned both outward toward those closest, and inward toward self – send up alarm bells for our community.  Join us, Friday, March 4th at noon, to hear two leaders who know the various faces of this problem most thoroughly:  Jane Downing, Executive Director of Mid- Valley Women’s Crisis Service and Walter Beglau, District Attorney of Marion County. 

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