It’s a busy time of year for advocacy. The State legislature is challenged by budget shortfalls. Many of you have contacted OPS with concerns about the stresses new federal immigration policies are causing for families. Please contact Julie Scholz, OPS Executive Director, if interested in joining the OPS Advocacy Action Team.
Here are some highlights of child advocacy activities and requests:
OPS’ REAR-FACING CAR SEAT BILL (HB2643)
On February 14, Ben Hoffman, MD, FAAP will be testifying with the Oregon House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Supports about car safety up to age two. We welcome your attendance!
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Time: 1 pm
Capitol building, 900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301.
SUPPORT FOR VACCINES
February 15 is Vaccination Exclusion Day for all students in public and private schools, pre-schools, Head Start, and certified child care centers. This year Hepatitis A vaccine is required for kids 18 months and older; one dose of Tdap is required for students grades 7 – 12. Parents need a certificate from their health care provider OR watch an online module and print out a certificate to claim an exemption
More than 350 medical, professional and advocacy organizations -including OPS- signed on to a letter drafted by the AAP to President Donald Trump expressing "unequivocal support" for the safety of vaccines.
A Joint Committee hearing on Senate bills to allow cannabis at temporary events and retailers near schools: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Room HR-C, Capitol building, 900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301.
SB 306: Specifies that Oregon Health Authority may not register marijuana grow sites, marijuana processing sites, and medical marijuana dispensaries.
SB 307: Provides for regulation by Oregon Liquor Control Commission of consumption and sale of marijuana items at temporary events, including licensure of premises on which temporary events are held.
SB 319: Authorizes local governments to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and marijuana retailers licensed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission to be located within certain distance of schools (500-1000ft of school grounds).
UNITED FOR KIDS CHILDREN’S AGENDA
OPS is a strong supporter of the 2017 legislative policy agenda for children. Of the 56 concepts or bills, OPS’ 17 endorsements include everything from expanding the earned income tax credit, to fully funding Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, to raising the tobacco age to 21.
All 11 NICUs in Oregon and Vancouver, Washington are participating in a quality improvement collaborative related to antibiotic stewardship in newborns. OSPIRG is supporting HB 2396 to stop routine antibiotic use on factory farms and reaching out to medical professionals and hospitals for support. See the letter here and send your name, practice, specialty and contact information to Charlie Fisher, State Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State is putting together a website named "95% Oregon" supporting the Affordable Care Act, and needs stories about children and families who have benefitted from having OHP/Medicaid. Patients in Eastern Oregon especially desired. Please contact Elizabeth Cushwa, Children First for Oregon Strategic Director, at email@example.com; she will take care of collecting the information and photographs.