151 West 7th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alicia Hays, Director
Karen Gaffney, Assistant Director
"To Promote and Protect the Health and Well Being of all Individuals, Families and Communities of Lane County"
HIV Alliance & Lane County Public Health Department Call for
Continued Action to Prevent HIV
Eugene, OR—This World AIDS Day (December 1, 2015), HIV Alliance and Lane County Public Health Department are urging the community to remain vigilant in its conviction and dedication to end HIV/AIDS. Agency officials state that while we have reduced new infections, future HIV prevention requires constant attention in order to “Get to Zero.”
“While we have made great strides in reducing the number of new HIV infections, there is still no cure for HIV,” stated Dr. Patrick Luedtke. “HIV is a very persistent and vigorous virus and despite all the new medications, we have not been able to defeat it entirely. So we must stay vigilant; HIV prevention is a long term game.”
World AIDS Day was established on December 1, 1988 as a day to build world awareness about HIV. HIV is still the world’s leading infectious killer. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 39 million people have died since the first cases were reported in 1981. Worldwide some 35 million people are living with HIV; 3.2 million of those people are children. In the United States over 1.2 million people are living with HIV and over 650,000 have died. The national goal for World AIDS Day this year is “Getting to Zero: zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths.”
“Every 9.5 minutes someone in the United States is infected with HIV” says Renee Yandel, Executive Director of HIV Alliance. “We can prevent this disease, but we need everyone’s help to make that happen. No one should have to live with this disease.”
Officials with HIV Alliance and Lane County Public Health attribute their success in reducing new HIV infections to their unique and long-standing partnership to end this disease. HIV Alliance and Lane County Public Health are encouraging Lane County residents to do their part this World AIDS Day. Attached to this e-mail you can find one fact sheet outlining “10 Things You Can Do to Stop HIV”. Key staff from HIV Alliance and Lane County Public Health will be available for interviews on November 30, and December 1, 2015.
HIV Alliance was formed in 1994 to prevent new infections of HIV and provide compassionate to care to individuals living with this disease. HIV Alliance currently provides care coordination, nursing case management and pharmaceutical support to over 850 people living with HIV/AIDS in eleven counties. The organization also provides HIV outreach and prevention services and education programs for youth.
Lane County Health & Human Services
Public Information Officer
LANE COUNTY YOUTH SERVICES LAUNCHES INTERAGENCY PROGRAM TO DECREASE YOUTH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2015
Lane County Health & Human Services
EUGENE, ORE -- Lane County Youth Services today announced the official launch of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM), a new approach intended to improve outcomes for youth dually involved in both the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems. The CYPM allows agencies working with youth to share information and collaborate across agencies in order to prevent further involvement in the system.
“The CYPM is really about options,” said John Aarons, Lane County Youth Services Assistant Manager. “Through this model we are able to utilize more of the resources that are available to youth and their families and by doing so, divert them from away from going to court or having a delinquency record.”
Information from 9 cities that have employed the CYPM shows a 50% reduction in arrests, an 83% increase in social support and a 67% improvement in educational outcomes, making the implementation of this program in Lane County a much anticipated step forward.
“We are constantly adapting and evolving what we do to not only match the best, evidence-based practices in the field but to meet the specific needs of our community and we think the CYPM does both,” added Aarons.
Lane County Youth Services and corresponding agencies have been working with a team of consultants from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute for over a year to prepare for implementation and have already seen improvements in cross-agency communication and interagency involvement.
The Department of Youth Services (DYS) provides assessment, probation, training, counseling and detention services for all youth, ages 12-17 years old, referred by local law enforcement because of criminal behavior. It is the branch of Lane County government responsible for services to youth accused of law violations or judged delinquent by the juvenile court. DYS is funded from the Lane County general fund, along with some state and federal grant funding for new programs.
Flu Vaccine is now Available!
The Communicable Disease Program is offering the flu vaccine at its weekly clinic, held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charnelton Community Clinic (151 W. 7th St.). Vaccinations are also available by appointment. Follow the Communicable Disease link on the left to schedule.
To learn more about the vaccine, check out the CDC's website here.
Oregon Public Health officials have confirmed a seventh case of meningococcal disease linked to a University of Oregon outbreak that began in mid-January. A 52-year-old man who visited his daughter on the UO campus developed the disease. The University worked quickly to provide prophylaxis to his close contacts. Six previous cases were UO undergraduate students. One case resulted in the death of a student from Meningococcemia on February 17. University of Oregon, Lane County, and Oregon Health Authority are working together to prevent further infections.
People who had close contact with a person diagnosed with type B meningococcal disease related to this outbreak should contact Lane County Health Department at (541) 682-4041. A nurse will help decide if antibiotics are needed to prevent illness.
April 29, 2015
University of Oregon Students It's Time for Round Two
Need Bexsero 2nd dose? (the 2 dose series of meningococcal vaccine for Meningitis B)
If you need the 2nd dose of Trumenba (the 3 dose series), see the UO Health Center website at https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/getthevax.aspx for information.
Meningococcus bacteria spread by coughing, sneezing, or close personal contact such as sharing drinks or kissing. You can be a carrier and spread the bacteria without becoming ill. There have been six cases of type B meningococcal disease at the UO since mid-January 2015. One student died. The University of Oregon, Lane County Public Health, and Oregon Health Authority are working to prevent further infections.
For more information and frequently asked questions:
-- Meningococcal FAQ
-- Meningococcal Type B Vaccine FAQ
Youth Services MLK Catering Menu:
It is the policy of Lane County to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to any non-merit factor. Accordingly, Lane County does not tolerate discrimination by its employees when they are serving individuals who are eligible for its programs based on any non-merit factor, including race, national origin, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (physical or mental), age, status as a parent, genetic information, socio-economic status, political affiliation, marital or veteran status.