City Club of Central Oregon – September 2017

September 28, 2017

Hooked! Understanding our Addiction to Opiates

In the mid 1990s, the country’s pendulum of prescribing practices dramatically swung: doctors who at one time were prosecuted for overprescribing opiates to patients were now facing mounting pressure to write scripts for chronic, non-cancer pain. Since then, both the dosage and use of therapeutic opiates has skyrocketed, leading to widespread abuse—and what is now considered the worst drug crisis in American history. City Club’s September forum will examine the causes and impacts of this crisis, as well as our community’s approach to tackling an epidemic that not only kills, but also has major social and economic implications.

City Club of Central Oregon – June 22, 2017

June forum: Oil Trains Transiting Our Community, Are They Safe?

Railways are an important part of Central Oregon’s history and our current economy. Hundreds of trains travel through our towns and cities carrying everything from logs and personal goods to crude oil. With horror stories in the news about derailments and spills, how safe is our community? An expert panel discusses what prevention programs are in place to keep us safe, who’s responsible, and, in the case of an emergency, the steps for remediation and cleanup.

Moderator:

Andrew Phelps, Director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Panelists:

  • Hal Gard: Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Administrator, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
  • Michael Heffner: Emergency Response Manager / Assist. Chief Deputy, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
  • Courtney Wallace: Director, Public Affairs, BNSF Railway

Bend Chamber What’s Brewing: Healthcare – Navigating the Uncertainty

The policies and uncertainties forming around healthcare are discussed. Find out how this will impact your own healthcare services, your providers, insurance, individual states and more.
Panelists:
Patrick O’Keefe – Owner, Cascade Insurance Center
Iman Simmons – COO, St. Charles Health System
Michael Morter, Agent and Small Business Liaison, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services
Del Johnson,  Senior Vice President, USI Insurance Services LLC