TILLAMOOK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH
2010 - 2013
Tillamook County Health Department (TCHD) serves a rural area of 1,125 sq. miles and population of 25,845 people in Tillamook County, Oregon. The Health Department has been providing public health services since 1974.
Many low-income residents (14%) live in the service area, including a rapidly growing number of Hispanics, listed at 7% of the county population but more likely in excess of 15%. Of patients accessing TCHD 18% are Hispanic.
Special problems exist for the Hispanic population who are likely low income and not insuranced, but who also have language barriers to access local prenatal providers. The TCHD staff helps Hispanic women to get connected to prenatal and perinatal providers.
The service area has seen an increase in immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries over the past ten years, and people of Hispanic ethnicity represent the largest proportion of the minority groups. About 30% of the students in the Tillamook School Districts are Hispanic. Differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds can be a major barrier to health care. Concerns about immigration status, poverty and language differences prevents people from seeking health services when they need it.
Government drones actually sit around and draft these reports. We fire employees who investigate rapes at the state police crime lab but have money for diversity workers to worry about illegal aliens seeking taxpayer funded health services.
Thankfully the reports do result in very important action plans:
Staff Development Planned
Cultural sensitivity Training
Quick, somebody cut 9% from the prison budget so we can make sure that this stuff continues!