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Cover Oregon to hold free fairs in Portland Nov. 23, 24 to sign up for health insurance

Do you need health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014? Apply for low-cost or no cost health insurance at a Cover Oregon Application Fair in Portland on Saturday, Nov. 23, or on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Get help applying for health insurance at the Fair. CoverOregon staff can help you complete the application.

Board chooses Michael Dembrow as new state senator

Michael Dembrow

State Rep. Michael Dembrow was chosen Monday by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to fill the vacant seat in Senate District 23.

Sir Stuffington visits Multnomah Building; happiness ensues

Sir Stuffington with Acting Chair Marissa Madrigal

Reality star kitten “Sir Stuffington” helped to launch a two-day special animal adoption rate recently for Multnomah County residents visiting the Multnomah Building.

Multnomah County, 5 cities pledge 'all hands on deck' for veterans

Oregon’s top veterans official says that it will take a broad community effort to meet the needs of four generations of military veterans who've served in five major wars. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Multnomah County pledged to lead the way.

Learn about the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship program at Nov. 16 open house

Interested in learning small-scale farming while developing connections with the partners who make up our local food system?

Multnomah County named a regional Early Learning Hub

Colored pencils

Gov. John Kitzhaber on Nov. 12 said that Early Learning Multnomah was conditionally approved as one of the state’s first regional Early Learning Hubs to help ensure kids show up at kindergarten ready to learn.

Risk to public low from unconfirmed report of pertussis on TriMet bus

Multnomah County health officials are responding to reports that a TriMet employee on the No. 10 bus in Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 5  had pertussis or whooping cough. There has been no laboratory confirmed or physician’s report of such a pertussis case reported to any metro-area local public health department.

Day of Homelessness Awareness walk highlights struggles of families without homes

Day of Homelessness Awareness

The fourth annual “Walk of Homelessness Awareness” will take place on Friday, Nov. 22, the culmination of a weeklong “Time to Listen -- Time to Act” campaign on behalf of vulnerable Oregon families forced to sleep in their cars or on the street.

Health Department kicks off new warnings about candy-flavored tobacco

Shoppers visiting Lloyd Center Mall this month will discover important warnings on the dangers of candy-flavored tobacco.

"A Dose of Dr. Denny'' debuts with tips on how to prevent the flu

He’s been described as the “people’s doctor.”  The Multnomah County Health Officer is the public health physician who directs, guides, consults and provides leader­ship around health issues in this county.

Dr. Justin Denny, a physician and epidemiologist, became the Multnomah County Health Officer in February 2013 af­ter working for the World Health Organization and United Nations.

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