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Mark Powell

J. Mark Powell is an author, former network journalist, and veteran communications expert. Read more about Mark Powell.

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One is Too Hot, One is Too Cold, Goldilocks Program Finds What is Just Right

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

One is too hot. One is too cold. And one is just right.

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Changing the Culture Within Hospitals to Make the Biggest Impact

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 
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Joining Forces to Offer Hope

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

Like many states, Oregon is a patchwork quilt of big cities, small towns, and wide rural expanses. And like many other states, its rural regions haven’t been spared from the opioid crisis.

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Transitioning to a Substance Free Life

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

It was just sitting there, a big vacant structure across the street from the Clackamas County Jail. For many years it had housed a local sheriff’s office precinct. Then on a cold day in February 2016, it began a new mission as the home of the Clackamas County Transition Center.

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Nurturing Prenatal Care

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

For a long time, women in Oregon who were both pregnant and fighting addiction were caught in a Catch-22. Addiction providers didn’t want to work with pregnant women because of potential complications. And maternity care providers didn’t want to work with women suffering from addiction because of lack of understanding and expertise in that area.

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Dr. Andrew Mendenhall spilled Central City Concern's secret sauce to combat addiction, and we want you to know it

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

Back in the 1970s, Portland’s Old TownChinatown neighborhood was a place people dismissed as “Skid Row.” Unemployed men drifting about aimlessly from one low-cost room to another, often struggling to deal with their alcohol-use issues. In 1979, the City of Portland and Multnomah County received a grant to jointly address the problem. Central City Concern (CCC) was soon born. Today, its main goal is providing housing, integrated health care and employment services to prevent homelessness. Since 60 to 80 percent of the people it serves have substance use disorder (SUD) issues, it’s also engaged in fighting addiction.

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