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Health Institute honors La Clínica founder Dr. Tina Castañares

Dr. Tina Castañares of Hood River received the Lifetime Excellence Award from the Oregon Public Health Institute on Oct. 19.

Castañares, the founder of La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Center, earned the 10th Annual Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Awards honor for her achievements and contributions to improving public health in Oregon.

She is an original member of the Oregon Health Services Commission, where she participated in the priority-setting work that made the Oregon Health Plan possible.

Castañares also served as health officer for Hood River County for 12 years and medical director for Hospice of the Gorge in Hood River, where she has promoted public health through improving social and economic determinants.

She also served for 11 years as the national ombudsman for farm worker health to the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General.

Castañares won the Oregon Health Forum Leadership Award in 2007.

In 1986, Castañares led a group of public health practitioners who wanted to start a health clinic for migrant and seasonal farm workers in Hood River, which became La Clínica del Cariño. La Clínica services a wide range of local residents.

She retired from La Clínica in 2012 but continues to provide consultation through Providence Connections. She is a board-certified hospice and palliative provider who has served hospice patients throughout the Mid-Columbia since 2003, and was instrumental in developing the Hospice of the Gorge’s Hispanic Outreach Program.

The Oregon Public Health Institute is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of Oregonians through advocacy and support of effective public health policy and activities.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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