Reporter Ashley Ahearn on horseback in the Methow Valley, Washington.

Reporter Ashley Ahearn on horseback in the Methow Valley, Washington.

Courtesy of Ashley Ahearn

 

  

  • Paramedics at American Medical Response have been learning defensive tactics since July to better prepare for violent outbursts from patients having mental health crises. American Medical Response operations manager Rob McDonald, who has taken the training and was part of their development, sits down with us to talk more about the program.

 

  

  • While she was an environmental reporter, contributing stories to OPB, Ashley Ahearn was based in Seattle. She also had a podcast called “Terrestrial.” A couple of years ago, she uprooted her life, moved east and became part of a small rural community in Washington’s Methow Valley. She’s continued to report on environmental issues, including climate change, contributing to the local newspaper and public radio outlets, as part of a year-long rural reporting fellowship funded by Ecotrust. That organization provided financial support to the Methow Valley News but had no control over the selection or content of the stories covered.

 

  

  • A new report from OHSU’s Gender Clinic found that 75% of transgender and non-binary youth in Oregon have not received medical care for their transition. We talk with Kara Connelly, medical director of OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic, and Jess Guerriero, a social worker for the OHSU Transgender Health Program, about the survey and healthcare for trans youth.

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