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U.S. Rep. Blumenauer, Commissioner Novick and Oregon Rep. Vega Pederson to dedicate new East Portland pedestrian safety beacons Sept. 2nd

As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, officials are holding a news conference showcasing new pedestrian flashing beacons in East Portland. The safety beacons were made possible by state funding secured last spring and are being activated, as promised, by the start of the school year. An additional 12 will be installed over the next few months.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

(503)577-8236

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

 

NEWS ADVISORY:

U.S. Rep. Blumenauer, Commissioner Novick and Oregon Rep. Vega Pederson to dedicate new East Portland pedestrian safety beacons Sept. 2nd

 

Police, PBOT to hold crosswalk enforcement action at same time to highlight

back-to-school safety awareness

(August 29, 2014) - As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, officials are holding a news conference showcasing new pedestrian flashing beacons in East Portland. The safety beacons were made possible by state funding secured last spring and are being activated, as promised, by the start of the school year. An additional 12 will be installed over the next few months.

As officials dedicate the new rapid flash beacons, Portland Police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will also hold a crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety as children get ready to return to school.

WHERE: SE Stark Street and 113th Avenue, near Ventura Park Elementary School

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. news conference

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. crosswalk enforcement action by Portland Police and PBOT

WHO: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick

State Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson

Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat

Oregon Department of Transportation Interim Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer

Ventura Park Elementary School Principal Jakob Curtis

Safe Routes to School volunteer Kathleen McDade

VISUALS:

  • New rapid flash beacon in action
  • Portland police enforcing traffic safety laws as part of the crosswalk enforcement action, which involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked crosswalk while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. PBOT and Portland Police hold such actions about once a month in various areas of the city.

 

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The epidemic in our midst: Painkillers, opioids and heroin

What: Learn why opioid addiction has soared to epidemic proportions. A panel of experts will present the latest information about Oregon’s opioid crisis and discuss strategies to overcome this public health epidemic. When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Oregon Health & Science University Old Library Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland Cost: Free. Event sponsored by the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Media contacts: Christine Anderson, Hazelden, 651-213-4231, canderson@hazelden.org

In Oregon: 24/7 Mara Woloshin, 503-310-4504, mara@woloshin.com; Jean Kempe-Ware, 503-475-8989, kempe-ware@q.com

The epidemic in our midst:

Painkillers, opioids and heroin

A free community conversation sponsored by the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

What: Learn why opioid addiction has soared to epidemic proportions. A panel of experts will present the latest information about Oregon’s opioid crisis and discuss strategies to overcome this public health epidemic.

 

When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: Oregon Health & Science University Old Library Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland

 

Cost: Free. Event sponsored by the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Why: Oregon leads the nation in abuse of painkillers!

· Prescription drug abuse is 39 percent higher than the national average.

· In 2013, doctors prescribed opioids to almost 1 in 4 Oregonians.

· From 2000 to 2013, the death rate from opioid overdose quadrupled. *

Who: Leaders from law enforcement, public health, addiction treatment as well as a mother whose son is in recovery from addiction.

· Julie Edwards, president and co-founder, West Linn Community Task Force, a nonprofit focusing on drug-free youth, and parent of a son in recovery from opioid addiction.

· Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the author of “When Painkillers Become Dangerous.”

· Andrew Mendenhall, M.D., medical director, Hazelden in Beaverton, diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.

· Kim Mauer, M.D., OHSU, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, who was a pain research fellow at Stanford University.

· Sean Riley, founder and president, Safe Call Now, a 24-hour crisis referral service.

· Dwight Holton, J.D., chief medical officer, Lines for Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide.

To RSVP: Register at hazelden.org/oregon or call Kristen Nieman, 503-554-4324.

About the Center for Public Advocacy at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

As the leading voice related to addiction and recovery, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its Center for Public Advocacy applies the nation’s most extensive expertise and knowledge to shape public opinion, support those who need treatment and resources for their recovery, and change public policy.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children’s program, and is the nation’s leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.

About Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon’s only public academic health center. Its hospitals and clinics serve more than a quarter-of-a-million patients every year with innovative care and treatment models based on the latest knowledge available. OHSU brings together patient care, research education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well being of all Oregonians.

*Note: Statistics are from the Trust for America’s Health, the Oregon Health Authority and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA

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Learn how Outside In does successful outreach to diverse populations - Free presentation!

When: Wednesday, September 10 from 12:00—1:30pm. Feel free to bring your lunch! Where: Multnomah Building Boardroom at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Host: Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee

Free! Learn how Outside In does successful outreach to diverse populations like homeless youth, Latino day workers, and people with mental illnesses on Wed., 9/10

Expand your outreach toolbox! Join us as Outside In shares its experiences and nuts & bolts strategies for outreach with diverse and underserved populations. Their services include medical care, food, housing, counseling and job training through Virginia Woof Daycare. The presentation will cover Outside In's:

  • General outreach strategies
  • Most successful tools practices
  • Lessons learned
  • Networking will follow

 

When: Wednesday, September 10 from 12:00—1:30pm. Feel free to bring your lunch!
Where: Multnomah Building Boardroom at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.
Host: Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee

For more info & RSVP (if possible): Office of Citizen Involvement at 503-988-3450 or citizen.involvement@multco.us

Interpreters will be provided if requested by Wednesday, September 3.

Encourage your colleagues and friends to come by sending them the workshop flyer at https://multco.us/file/35930/download.

Robb Wolfson, Citizen Involvement Coordinator
Multnomah County Office of Citizen Involvement
503-988-3450 | robb.wolfson@multco.us
Multnomah County Building | 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Room 192 | Portland, OR 97214