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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

Health officials confirm six cases of monkeypox in Oregon

By: - July 7, 2022

The monkeypox virus has spread to at least six men in Oregon in the past three weeks. Oregon labs confirmed one case in Lane County and two cases in Washington County on Wednesday, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Two others were confirmed July 1 in Lane County, and the first man infected, confirmed in […]

Legislative work group focuses on industrial chicken operations

By: - July 6, 2022

State lawmakers, environmentalists and supporters and opponents of industrial chicken farms will meet this summer to consider whether Oregon’s laws to protect residents, wildlife, groundwater and waterways from any harm from large-scale poultry operations. The work group holds its first meeting on Thursday and will hold four other sessions through Sept. 20. Each will be […]

Portland Trail Blazers donates $25,000 to abortion access fund

By: - June 30, 2022

The Portland Trail Blazers donated $25,000 to an abortion access fund created by the Oregon Legislature, marking the first company donation to the fund. The basketball team gave the money to a Portland nonprofit, Seeding Justice, which is managing the Reproductive Health Equity Fund. It was created in February by state lawmakers, who allocated $15 […]

State fails to enact majority of recommendations aimed to stem opioid misuse, audit says

By: - June 29, 2022

UPDATED: Wednesday, 2:22 p.m.  As a deadly drug epidemic continues to rage in Oregon, state officials have only made a few changes recommended by the Secretary of State’s Office nearly four years ago to curb opioid misuse. That was the overarching finding of an audit released Wednesday of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which […]

Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine

Native Americans, middle-aged Oregonians, unvaccinated most affected by long Covid, survey finds

By: - June 29, 2022

UPDATED: July 1, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. A new survey by University of Oregon researchers found that Native Americans have been disproportionately affected by long Covid and have lower vaccination rates than the state average. The report, The Race Against Covid Is Not Yet Finished, also found that the state is severely undercounting cases and […]

Wyden, Merkley want wider access to abortion pills, help with interstate travel for abortions

By: - June 27, 2022

Senate Democrats, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, are asking President Joe Biden to increase access to abortion pills and help patients obtain abortions in other states following Friday’s Supreme Court decision ending the national right to abortions.  They have been worried about the Supreme Court decision for weeks, since a draft opinion revealing […]

Abortion protest in Texas in May 2021

Brown, state and U.S. lawmakers in Oregon widely condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision

By: and - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn nearly 50 years of abortion rights protections sparked an outpouring of condemnation in Oregon where reproductive rights are protected by law and Democrats hold the majority of state offices. Political leaders, from the state’s U.S. senators and representatives to legislators and candidates for office, called the decision […]

Supreme Court abortion decision: What happens in Oregon

By: and - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion has little immediate impact in Oregon, where the state Constitution guarantees reproductive rights, including free abortions, that aren’t touched by the ruling. Still, the landmark decision issued Friday in Washington, D.C., will affect Oregon. Reproductive health care providers have been preparing for […]

Emergency room sign at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Thousands of Oregonians will gain free health care coverage starting in July

By: - June 23, 2022

Thousands of low-income Oregonians who would qualify for Medicaid if they were legal residents will receive free health care insurance starting July 1. The Oregon Health Authority expects to enroll about 12,000 people who have had only state-paid emergency care in new government insurance for medical, mental health, dental and eye care. It will also […]

Health insurers not following Oregon law requiring free reproductive health care, state audit says

By: - June 22, 2022

Oregon’s governor, lawmakers and state agency officials have often touted the state’s reproductive rights law as one of the most comprehensive and equitable in the country. But there’s a problem: Many insurers providing coverage to more than 1 million Oregonians are not following the regulations. That is one of the findings of an audit ordered […]

Staff care for a Covid-19 patient at Oregon Health & Science University.

Oregon’s nursing board faces backlog of applications amid nursing shortage

By: - June 21, 2022

While most state employees took a day off to celebrate Juneteenth on Monday, managers at Oregon’s Nursing Board processed license applications. The board has a backlog of more than 2,000 applications. At the end of the month, thousands of emergency licenses will expire. Throughout the pandemic, the state has issued nearly 9,000 emergency licenses to […]

Health officials identify first suspected case of monkeypox in Oregon

By: - June 16, 2022

The first suspected case of monkeypox has emerged in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority said Thursday an unidentified man who is believed to be infected had traveled to a community with confirmed cases. It said he is isolated and following public health recommendations. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting a confirmatory […]