- The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is planning to overhaul its approach to search and rescue efforts. As first reported by the Oregonian/OregonLive, Sheriff Craig Roberts says he wants to stop working with outside groups of trained volunteers like Portland Mountain Rescue and instead rely on his own in-house team. The change is likely to take place over the next six to 18 months and threatens the existence of independent groups that have been doing difficult rescues on Mount Hood and elsewhere for decades. We hear from the sheriff and from Mark Morford, rescue leader and board member for Portland Mountain Rescue.
- Black and indigenous women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. But studies have shown that culturally specific doulas can improve outcomes for black mothers. Sacred Roots Doulas at the Black Parent Initiative is the only culturally specific doula program in Portland. We talk with program manager Linda Bryant-Daaka.
- More than 1 million Oregonians live in an area with a shortage of dental care providers. A new program at Pacific University aims to bolster the dental workforce. The first cohort of the university’s dental therapy pilot program started their training on Feb. 1. Dental therapists are mid-level practitioners who can provide dental services at a lower cost than dentists. We talk with Amy Coplen, program director of the School of Dental Hygiene at Pacific University.
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