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Commissioner Smith encourages you to take heart by participating in the May 17 American Heart Association's Heart and Stroke Walk
"On Saturday, May 17 I will be walking with the Multnomah County Health Department, community members and families in the American Heart Association's Heart and Stroke Walk.
For me, this walk is important because heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and this walk helps bring awareness. I would like to encourage all Multnomah County employees to participate!"
- Commissioner Loretta Smith, District 2
In addition to the upcoming Heart and Stroke Walk, you can take heart by:
Participating in the above activities enters you into a contest to win an iPad mini or a Nike Fuelband with an iPod touch.
Want to connect with other county employees looking to walk, trade tips and inspire each other? Add your information to the county's Peer-Led Wellness Activity list.
One Million Strong Goes Coast-To Coast
March with Us in Portland!
DATE: April 12, 2014
TIME: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
LOCATION: March from O'Bryant Park (700 S.W. Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 to Pioneer square 701 S.W. 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97204
Sign up, volunteer and get details at FightColorectalCancer.org
Partners/Sponsors: Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Legacy Health System, OHSU, Project Access Now, Compass Oncology, Adanced GI, MIcrosoft, Moda Health, Providence Cancer Center, Salem Gastro
Forum: Strategies for Increasing Youth Employment (Gresham, Troutdale, East County)
EVENT: Springdale Job Corps presents a forum
DATE: Wednesday, March 12th 1:00-3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Springdale Job Corps, Dining Hall 31224 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy Troutdale, OR 97060
Guest Speaker: Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith
* Join other professionals & community minded individuals to look into the challenge of increasing youth employment
*Panelists will discuss issues and answer questions from the audience.
* What is the current outlook for youth employment?
* What are the barriers to employment that young people face?
* What is the role of traditional and non traditional education in youth employment?
Questions or to RSVP, contact Anna Snyder 503-695-2245 Ext 244, email@example.com
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was enthusiastically endorsed Thursday by Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners as a chance to have frank conversations about the stigma that contributes to stubbornly high HIV rates in the African-American community.
“It’s important for us to know what our health status is,’’ said countyCommissioner Loretta Smith. “It’s critical to make sure you get the right health care information.
“In many ways it’s not an easy conversation,” Commissioner Smith said. “But it’s a courageous conversation we need to have.”
Before the board voted unanimously for a proclamation to mark Friday, Feb. 7 as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Multnomah County, commissioners heard from representatives of the Cascade AIDS Project and the Albina Ministerial Alliance about the alarming rates locally and nationally of HIV infection.
In 2010, African-Americans comprised 14 percent of the U.S. population, but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. About one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, as will one in 32 black women. Blacks and African- Americans in Oregon are more than three times more likely than whites to acquire HIV infection.
“We need to start early so we can prevent this from becoming much larger than it already is,” said Alaiyo Foster, Cascade AIDS Project’s manager of education services. “It affects all of us.”
Speakers said the troubling numbers place a huge premium on the nationwide effort to mobilize black communities to “get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated.”
“The national strategy is being tested, being engaged and getting treatment,” said Maurice Evans, a CareLink networknavigator with Cascade AIDS Project. “There is more that needs to happen.”
For a complete list of Cascade AIDS Project events for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day as well as for other services, visit the Cascade AIDS Project’s website.
VIA: Urban League of Portland Young Professional News
Join me as I partner with the Urban Leauge of Portland Young Professionals and local leaders to discover how the Urban Leauge of Young Professionals can earn a power seat at "the table" to make history in Portland and beyond.
EVENT: Power, Players and Politics: A General Body Meeting Honoring Oregon's Black History
DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014
TIME: 6:30-8:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Urban Leauge of Portland, 10 N. Russell St. Portland, OR 97227