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Measles diagnosed in local child who traveled overseas

Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in an unimmunized infant who recently visited overseas. The child passed briefly through the Portland International Airport on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed at a local primary care clinic

Social Security Administration announces Safety Net clients will get April benefits on time

Stanley Friendship, regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, said former Safety Net clients will get their April checks on time. In a statement released late Friday, March 28, 2014, Friendship said: “The Social Security Administration is working around the clock and through the weekend to ensure that beneficiaries receive their April payments in full and on time. The agency is currently transferring former Safety Net clients who have not yet selected a new representative payee to Share and Care."

College to County Mentorship Program searches for next generation of Multnomah County's workforce

County to College Mentorship Program job fair

College students interested in providing services in Multnomah County learned about internship and mentorship opportunities available to them during a recent orientation and meet-and-greet with county staff. 

Consumer alert: Safety Net of Oregon clients must sign up for new payee to avoid lapse in benefits

Multnomah County residents who receive their Social Security checks through Safety Net of Oregon are being asked to call 800-772-1213 to arrange a new payee.

If you are a Safety Net of Oregon client, you must arrange a new payee or you will not receive your April check.

CDC confirms Central Catholic student died of meningococcal bloodstream infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported late Friday that Central Catholic High student Jacob Parkhurst died of meningococcal disease.

Nominate lifetime community service hero for 20th Annual Gladys McCoy Award

Nominations are now being accepted for Multnomah County’s annual Gladys McCoy Award to recognize a community member with outstanding lifetime volunteer service dedicated to improving the county community. The deadline to nominate is Sunday, March 23.

County manager promotes colorectal screening awareness after cancer diagnosis

Tami Mahrt

At 52, Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening.

Though she considered herself healthy, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery.

County board adds $100,000 for emergency food distribution

Child at food pantry

The continuing need to provide food for struggling families prompted Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday to allocate $100,000 to help those residents still reeling from the Great Recession.

Public health officials investigate severe infection that claimed Central Catholic student

Public health officials in Multnomah and Clackamas counties are investigating the sudden illness that claimed a 17-year-old high school student in the Portland area on March 4, 2014.

Tell Multnomah County Board of Commissioners how to spend tax dollars

For more than a decade Multnomah County has made reductions to the general fund it uses to pay for services. While some reductions will continue to take place this year, some limited funding is available to minimally expand some services or improve critical infrastructure.

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