Blue Zones to help Umpqua region improve health

The Umpqua region, with a focus on Roseburg, will be one of the three new demonstration communities in Oregon for the Blue Zones Project, a program meant to help residents improve their health and well being.

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Umpqua Health battles nicotine addiction with new quit program for smokers

The Umpqua Health Alliance said it “has deployed a new weapon in the war against nicotine addiction.”

UHA manages care for more than 26,000 Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan. Last week, the company announced it will offer its members free access to the Quit for Life Program, which develops individualized, easy-to-follow quit plans for participants.

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Umpqua Health Alliance aims to improve care, lower costs

In the past five years, the way health care is provided in Douglas County, especially to its lower-income residents, has dramatically changed. Privatization has been a key element in these changes. Another has been the passage of Obamacare.

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Umpqua Health significant driver to local and state economy

Umpqua Health contributed more than $50 million to Oregon’s economy in 2015.

That’s according to a recent independent analysis conducted by ECONorthwest, a consulting firm that specializes in measuring the economic impact businesses and government entities have on communities.

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Council hears Adapt plans for mental health, awards $250,000 in grants

Adapt Director Greg Brigham told members of the Umpqua Health Alliance Community Advisory Council Thursday it’s hired 19 new mental health care providers since October, and it’s working hard to improve mental health care in Douglas County.

Brigham said the goal is to increase access so that people experiencing a mental health emergency can be treated the same day, people with an urgent problem can receive care within two days, and even people making more routine calls are seen within two weeks.

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Serenity Lane partners with Umpqua Health Alliance to aid OHP patients

Serenity Lane in Roseburg announced this week it will provide Oregon Health Plan patients access to its drug and alcohol treatment programs.

The company announced a new contract with the Umpqua Health Alliance, the coordinated care organization that serves most Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan.

“This agreement will allow Serenity Lane to provide lifesaving programs to more men and women struggling with addiction,” said Serenity Lane Clinic Manager Tony Haynes in a written statement. “We save lives and put families back together and this agreement is a big step forward in that mission for us.”

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Health care officials look at landscape of health care in the county

Douglas County health officials talked about the landscape of health care in Douglas County and what local health organizations are doing to fill the health care gaps, on the Talking Health radio interview program on News Radio 1240 KQEN last week.

The panel included CHI Mercy Health CEO Kelly Morgan, Umpqua Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Croffy, and Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe Health Operations Officer Sharon Stanphill. They were interviewed by talk show host Lisa Platt and the following is an edited version of that interview.

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