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.

Vaccinations are Successful, Safe Protection

Ryan Hassan, MD

04/18/2019

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

OPS Policy Statement on Vaccinations

OPS

04/18/2019

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

04/11/2019

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

OPS

04/09/2019

  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…

Public weighs in on bill to ban nonmedical vaccine exemptions

KATU

03/18/2019

KATU News interviews OPS Member Kristina Haley, MD, (OHSU) on House bill 3063.

Time to remove immunization exemptions

Emily Puterbaugh, MD

03/18/2019

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

03/08/2019

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

03/01/2019

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

02/28/2019

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

02/22/2019

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

02/22/2019

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

OPS

02/20/2019

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

02/16/2019

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

02/14/2019

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

OPS

10/22/2018

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

10/18/2018

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

10/17/2018

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

OPB

10/16/2018

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

OPS

10/15/2018

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

10/15/2018

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

10/15/2018

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

08/20/2018

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

01/15/2018

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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