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Cascadia Names New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Bukhosi Dube will lead innovative “integrative health” model

How to Tell DEQ to Step Up Its Emissions Caps – And Go Further

Two activists created a website to inform the most climate-vulnerable on how to take action.

Washington Governor Inslee Asks Feds for Medical Staffing Help

Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Oregon Dems Void Power-Sharing Redistricting Deal With GOP

The Democratic speaker of the Oregon House on Monday rescinded a deal she made with Republicans to share power as lawmakers redraw political boundaries and add an additional U.S. House seat for the state.


Seattle Mayor Extends COVID Eviction Moratoriums

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday the city's eviction moratoriums will remain in place through Jan. 15, 2022, rather than...

Oregon House and Senate Democrats Condemn Newberg School Staff Member's Racist Conduct and Use of Blackface

A staff member at Mabel Rush Elementary School in the Newberg School District attended work on Friday in blackface ...

New Plaque Honors Black Pioneer Merchant A.H. Francis

Throughout the mid-1800s, Francis was an active abolitionist, using his position to fight for Black people from western New York to...

IPAC Announces September 21 Kickoff of the Portland Peace Initiative

A new coalition intends to show how peace is possible in Portland ...

OHSU Offers Free COVID-19 Testing by Appointment at Portland Expo Center

This newest drive through testing site is open Monday through Friday. ...

Man refusing to wear mask disrupts school board meeting

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Police were called to a Walla Walla School Board meeting on Tuesday when a man refused to wear a mask and disrupted the proceedings, officials said. The meeting Tuesday was halted and will resume in a virtual format next week, The Union-Bulletin...

Man fatally shot outside Bend nightclub, man arrested

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Black man was shot and killed outside a bar by a white man in central Oregon, and prosecutors are working to determine whether race played a role in the incident, authorities said. Barry Washington Jr., 22, was shot early Sunday in downtown Bend, Oregon...

College Football Picks: Neutral sites for 2 ranked matchups

Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about. This week, not so much. The...

Bazelak, Missouri make quick work of SE Missouri, 59-28

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Connor Bazelak squeezed a full day of production into one half Saturday as he led Missouri to a 59-28 victory over Southeast Missouri. Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (2-1). “You...


Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

With COVID-19 still an omnipresent concern and the country’s recovery still very much in jeopardy, individuals, families, and communities are struggling to deal with issues that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. ...

Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago today, our nation suffered devastating terrorist attacks on our soil and against our people that wholly and completely changed the world as we knew it. ...

Letter to the Editor: Reform the Recall

Any completely unqualified attention seeker with ,000 for the candidate‘s filing fee can be the largest state in the Union’s next governor ...


South Carolina's Confederate monument protection law upheld

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, the...

Diversity study: APSE's gender-hiring scores continue to lag

A diversity study found the Associated Press Sports Editors has improved in racial hiring but the independent national organization continues to lag when it comes to hiring women. The report card Wednesday from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in...

Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his family said that Van Peebles, father of the...


Done with delays, Academy movie museum rolls out red carpet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The projectors are rolling. The ruby slippers are on. Many an Oscar sits glistening. The shark has been hanging, and waiting, for nearly a year. Nine years after it was announced, four years after its first projected open date, and five months since its...

Review: Jake Gyllenhaal carries claustrophobic ‘The Guilty’

An emergency dispatch center doesn’t exactly sound like the most visually exciting place to set an entire film. But the technical limitation of being imprisoned in a soulless office while high stakes action takes place off screen can be an inspired storytelling gimmick in the right hands, as it...

R. Kelly's rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial. “The defendant set rules, lots of...


Wildfire victims left with nothing get hope from donated RVs

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome...

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? No, experts say there's no strong...

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but...

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A wall of lava up to 12 meters (40 feet) high bore down on a Spanish village...

In Israel, relatives of cable car survivor ask for privacy

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The bitter custody battle over a six-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in...

Tunisia’s Saied strengthens presidential powers in decrees

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kaïs Saied issued presidential decrees bolstering the already...

Bernie Foster, Publisher of The Skanner News

Dear Readers and Friends of The Skanner News.

I'm Bernie Foster, President of the Skanner Newsgroup. Today, we face some difficult issues that require commitment from us all to make a difference. So please join me by making a donation to support this visionary path to health equity, educational parity and community building through community service.

The MIKE Program (Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program), www.mikeprogram.org, is a charitable organization that paves the way to a healthy future, empowering youth to be lifelong daily ambassadors of health helping realize a vision of all young people meeting their potential in vibrant good health as citizens of a vibrant strong society.

Kidney failure is the epidemic endpoint of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure fueled by risky behaviors and adverse social determinants of health. In May 2011 at the 70th Annual Sommer Memorial Lectures, OHSU's School of Medicine Alumni Scientific Meeting, William Henrich, MD, reported that decline in kidney function is now recognized as a public health problem contributing to heart disease with the same impact as diabetes. Even a subtle decrease in kidney function can lead to poor cardiac outcomes, the number one cause of premature death world-wide.

An estimated 30 million Americans have some kidney dysfunction. Disporportionately the people who need treatment are low-income or people of color or both. It is predicted that we will not have enough specialists to treat kidney patients in the future, given the growing incidence of kidney problems.

At a March 2011 kidney patient care conference, Portland, Oregon pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor) Randall Jenkins, MD, related, "In the mid-1990's when I started in Oregon only one child with hypertension related to weight was in my practice. Now I see one child every week or two with this. The people we see are not obese, just a little overweight. It's related to life style, eating, physical activity. ... That's what's changed in my practice over the years. It's devastating!"

And speaking from the podium in answer to a question from the audience, pediatric nephrologist Amira Al-Uzri, MD had this to say: "Type 2 diabetes was RARE in the late 80's. Now we see 1-2 kids a week with this! Diabetic Nephropathy in 16 year olds! It's "really an epidemic!"

Stacy Kaczor-Roach, a Director on the Board of MIKE Program and Regional Operations Coordinator North Star Region 3 & 5 of DaVita, Inc. the wold's largest provider of treatment with an artificial kidneys notes that her company is increasingly seeing young patients enter for chronic treatment.

The generation born in 2000 may become the first generation to live shorter and sicker than the generation before it.

Research shows that today more than a quarter of children have evidence of chronic diseases once found only in middle-aged adults. Obese children are at twice that risk.

The good news is that 70-80% of kidney failure is potentially preventable.

It's critical our youth have a healthy body when they conceive the next generation. That is why MIKE Program starts early to give young people the tools that will shape a positive prenatal and early childhood environment for their own unborn children as well as the tools to advocate for healthier alternatives with their own parents and other decision makers now.

So, how does MIKE Program change behavior? Promoting healthy kidneys is an appealing context that draws on the youths' helping nature to make an authentic difference. MIKE Program uses a curriculum developed by low-income minority youth for their peers, rather than a text book, to guide physical activity through hands-on, multisensory experiences. They form social networks through groups that meet weekly with caring adults, often health professions students, who start every session with fresh water and a "right-sized" portion of a healthy snack in place of youth-driven "treats" such as pizza and cupcakes to establish new behaviors reinforced by knowledge. The caring adults live the adage, "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care?" as they guide the youth.

MIKE Program is seeing results: More young people drinking water, speaking to their parents about making healthy fruits and vegetables the snack, or even the meal, of choice and assuming the mantle of health leader in their communities.

In an article titled "Ethical Principles of Youth Mentoring," appearing on the national Mentor website www.mentor.org, Dr. Jean Rhodes relates: "Promoting justice can also extend beyond the …relationship with a mentee. … mentoring has the potential to promote widespread social change. Mentors' close personal connections with vulnerable youth afford them the opportunity to develop a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by young people today, which can inspire them to redress social ills and advocate for social change that could improve the health and well-being of all youth…."

I have been on the Advisory Board of Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program for seven years and contribute regularly. Please join me now. Click on www.mikeprogram.org . Your contributions will help bring MIKE Program closer to serving young people where you live, work and play.

Thank you for your making a difference.
Bernie Foster, President, The Skanner Newsgroup


MIKE Program Description: Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program (MIKE Program) works to enrich the lives of teens and empower them to be ambassadors of health. Our purpose is to decrease the number of people whose kidneys fail because of obesity, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, risky behaviors, and negative social situations. The youth we serve often face socio-economic challenges or have family histories that may lead to increased risk of kidney failure. We recruit and train caring adults, often from the ranks of health professions students, to be health mentors. Paired with teachers or youth workers, the mentors team with groups of young people to guide progress through MIKE Program's comprehensive adolescent health programming. Over a period of months, meeting weekly, mentors build trust relationships with youth and help build life skills known to lead to academic and career success. Working in a cooperative environment, the youth develop a service project to help their peers, families, and communities adopt healthier behaviors.

MIKE Program is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization (EIN 45-0520604)



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