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Measles diagnosed in local child who traveled overseas

Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in an unimmunized infant who recently visited overseas. The child passed briefly through the Portland International Airport on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed at a local primary care clinic


Social Security Administration announces Safety Net clients will get April benefits on time

Stanley Friendship, regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, said former Safety Net clients will get their April checks on time. 


Department of Community Justice parole and probation officer John Harlan dedicated his life to helping others

John Harlan sailing

John Harlan, a Department of Community Justice parole and probation officer, developed a passion for working with mentally ill offenders in his 22 years at Multnomah County. Friends and colleagues remembered Harlan, who died March 22 in a motorcycle accident.


College to County Mentorship Program searches for next generation of Multnomah County's workforce

County to College Mentorship Program job fair

College students interested in providing services in Multnomah County learned about internship and mentorship opportunities available to them during a recent orientation and meet-and-greet with county staff. 


Consumer alert: Safety Net of Oregon clients must sign up for new payee to avoid lapse in benefits

Multnomah County residents who receive their Social Security checks through Safety Net of Oregon are being asked to call 800-772-1213 to arrange a new payee.

If you are a Safety Net of Oregon client, you must arrange a new payee or you will not receive your April check.


CDC confirms Central Catholic student died of meningococcal bloodstream infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported late Friday that Central Catholic High student Jacob Parkhurst died of meningococcal disease.


Nominate lifetime community service hero for 20th Annual Gladys McCoy Award

Nominations are now being accepted for Multnomah County’s annual Gladys McCoy Award to recognize a community member with outstanding lifetime volunteer service dedicated to improving the county community. The deadline to nominate is Sunday, March 23.


County manager promotes colorectal screening awareness after cancer diagnosis

Tami Mahrt

At 52, Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening.

Though she considered herself healthy, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery.


County board adds $100,000 for emergency food distribution

Child at food pantry

The continuing need to provide food for struggling families prompted Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday to allocate $100,000 to help those residents still reeling from the Great Recession.


Public health officials investigate severe infection that claimed Central Catholic student

Public health officials in Multnomah and Clackamas counties are investigating the sudden illness that claimed a 17-year-old high school student in the Portland area on March 4, 2014.


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