Supporting OPS's Policy and Legislative Agenda

Member advocates work with our community and national allies on a variety of health care, equity, social, education, and economic issues that impact children's health, their families, and their medical providers.

Supporting Patients, Families, Colleagues, and Communities Against Racism

OPS Board of Directors


  As child health providers, we care for a diverse population and have seen the health effects of racism and childhood trauma. The Oregon Pediatric Society stands with our patients…

Opinion: Retail licenses limit youth tobacco use

OPS Member James Bishara, MD.


  City, county and statewide tobacco retail license ordinances have been proposed as a method to restrict youth access to products containing nicotine. In 2018, more than 20% of high…

2020 OPS Advocacy Agenda



2020 Children's Agenda Endorsements Safely Store All Firearms - Require the safe storage of guns when they are not under the owner's immediate control, as well as mandatory reporting of lost…

OPS Supports Clatsop County’s Tobacco Retail License Ordinance

OPS Board of Directors and OPS Advocacy Committee


  1-3-20 Dear Clatsop County Board of Commissioners and Mr. Don Bohn, County Administrator, The Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS) is the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. OPS…

Opinion: Heroism comes in combining our efforts

Lauren Herbert, MD


This summer, I traveled with Sen. Ron Wyden and a small group to a shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, directly across the border from El Paso, Texas. Under the “Migrant…

2020 CCO Incentive Measures for Child Health Providers



Last month Oregon Health Authority announced the 2020 CCO Incentive Measures, and Oregon Pediatric Society is highlighting the measures aimed at child health providers. You may download or print our…

Video: How Extreme Risk Protection Orders Save Lives



Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are court orders designed to temporarily keep firearms away from people who are at a high risk of hurting themselves or others. Since September is…

Immigration Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Herbert Praised for Work at US-Mexico Border



  "You got a real hero in your midst in Dr. [Lauren] Herbert,” Senator Ron Wyden told the Eugene Register-Guard . “Had we not had her, I really fear for what would have…

OPS Priorities and the 2019 State Legislative Session

Julie Scholz, OPS


OPS advanced several priority bills and initiatives during the recent 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. Of the 2,768 bills introduced, OPS’s lobbyist Katy King and our Advocacy Committee tracked 23 priority-one…

AAP’s Visit to the Border: What They Saw and What You Can Do

Kyle Yasuda, AAP


A message from AAP President Kyle Yasuda: I recently visited our southern border with AAP President-Elect Sally Goza, MD, FAAP; Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP, co-chair of AAP's Immigrant Health Special…

Vaccinations are Successful, Safe Protection

Ryan Hassan, MD


OPS Member Ryan Hassan, MD, (Clackamas Pediatric Clinic) shares his support for vaccinations in this letter to the editor.

OPS Policy Statement on Vaccinations



The Oregon Pediatric Society supports the American Academy of Pediatrics statement that vaccines protect children's health and save lives. They prevent life-threatening diseases, including some forms of cancer. Vaccines have…

Gun Safety as a Public Health Issue

Ryan Hassan, MD


OPS member Ryan Hassan, MD, addresses the politicized issue of gun safety and regulation as a public health issue.

Bend Physicians Address the School Board on Vaccines



  A group of 45  doctors and nurse practitioners from Bend, OR, submitted the following letter to the Bend-La Pine School Board, showing their support for elimination of non-medical exemptions…

Time to remove immunization exemptions

Emily Puterbaugh, MD


OPS Member Emily Puterbaugh, MD, (Broadway Medical Clinic) shares her take on the recent measles crisis.

In Support of House Bill 3063

Brenna Lewis, MD & John Peoples, MD


In this letter to the editor, OPS Members Brenna Lewis, MD, (Mosaic Medical) & John Peoples, MD, (Central Oregon Pediatric Associates)  laud Cheri Helt’s sponsorship of House Bill 3063.

Vaccines Save Lives and Keep Children Safe

Alanna Braun, MD


In her letter to the editor, OPS Member Alanna Braun, MD, (OHSU) explains how as a pediatrician, vaccines are one of the few things she recommends without hesitation.

Vote to Limit Immunization Exceptions is Vote for Children

Shaili Rajput, MD, MPH


OPS Member Shaili Rajput, MD, MPH, Pediatrician (Kaiser Permanente) writes that House Bill 3063 would protect more children from treatable illness and would rely on well-established science.

What Will it Take to Tighten Vaccine Laws ? A Measles Outbreak Might Help

The Oregonian


OPS Board Member Art Jaffe, MD, is interviewed in this article about vaccination legislation in Oregon and Washington.

In Opposition to SB 649: Patient Stories about Vaccine-Preventable Infections

Dawn Nolt, MD MPH


With her knowledge and expertise in infection, outbreaks and public health, as well as her presence on the national stage regarding pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Dawn Nolt speaks in opposition…

A Message to Parents from Oregon Pediatric Society Regarding the Recent Measles Outbreak



The recent measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, and Multnomah County, Oregon, has caused concern and uncertainty among parents of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. The Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS) encourages…

Immigration — Regaining Compassion in Our Policies and Actions

Lauren Herbert, MD


In this opinion piece, OPS member Lauren Herbert, MD,  shares a glimpse of detention centers and a plea for empathy in our immigration policies.  

Immunization protects children and community

Lauren Herbert, MD


OPS Member Lauren Herbert, MD, (PeaceHealth Medical Group) shares an opinion piece that draws from her experiences caring for children with vaccine preventable diseases.

OPS Responds to Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Rep. Buehler’s Vaccine Opt-out Position



Oregon Pediatric Society addresses Rep. Buehler about his October 2018 public statement in support of parental choice to opt out of immunizations.

Buehler’s Vaccine Stance Disappoints Pediatrician

John Peoples, MD, FAAP


In this letter to the editor, OPS Member John Peoples, MD, urges Rep. Knute Buehler to reconsider his stance on vaccination exemptions and to act as an evidence-based resource.

Buehler Pushes Back on Critics Over Vaccinations

Register Guard


Gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler addresses criticism from medical organizations (including OPS) for comments he made about vaccinations at an October 2018 governer's debate.

Buehler Now Supports Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions



Knute Buehler drew attention when he announced that he supports Oregon parents’ rights to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

Joint Statement: Primary Care Physicians Unite Against Non-medical Vaccine Exemptions



Statement from the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, Oregon Pediatric Society, and the Oregon Chapter, and American College of Physicians. Primary care physicians are united against non-medical vaccine exemptions. As…

Buehler Shifts with Vaccination Opt Out Position

The Daily Beast


Knute Buehler was once known for removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccine requirements but now he says parents could opt out without a medical reason.

Medical Groups Ask Buehler to Retract Vaccine Stance

The Oregonian


Three Oregon medical organizations, including OPS, say that they want gubernatorial nominee Knute Buehler to retract a statement he made last week regarding non-medical vaccine exemptions.

Voter’s Pamphlet: OPS & Public Health Organizations Endorse No on Measure 105

Oregonians United Against Profiling


Public health professionals warn: Measure 105 could harm our health care system and increase emergency room visits. Throwing out Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law could harm the health of our communities…

TPS Termination for Salvadorans

Lauren Herbert, MD


The Trump administration’s termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States damages children, their families, and our communities. As a pediatrician working with immigrant…

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