It is time to get loud, excited, and make our voices heard to those making decisions about public education. We are excited to announce that supportive legislators have agreed to hear testimony on our bill HB 2959 which will take on the challenges to our licensure and scope of practice that we all face as health professionals working in public education. (You can follow the process for this bill on this page). Time is of the essence. The hearing is scheduled on Monday's Agenda (2/13/2023) for the House Education Committee! Yes, that's right this Monday.
What we need:
Your voice in testimony, either in written form or spoken (in person or virtual). Your story is powerful if you share it with those in power!
- Monday, February 13th
- at 3pm in Salem at the Capitol in-person. Attend to listen if you can, even if you will be submitting written testimony. Numbers in attendance MATTER.
- At 3pm: join us virtually (view a live stream)
- SIGN UP TO TESTIFY HERE (click "Register to Testify" on the right side of HB 2959, and specify if you wish to testify in person or remotely via Teams link)-- please email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation.
- Tuesday, February 14th
- At 3pm: Written testimony is due 24 hours after the hearing. You can
- Join the meeting, in-person or virtually (see details above).
- Write a letter of testimony! This is your time to make your voice heard and advocate for health care professionals working in the education setting! Please see the HB 2959 Talking Points and use this HB 2959 Testimony TEMPLATE for writing testimony.
What is this all about?
The OEA Health Professionals Committee has been listening to concerns of health professionals throughout our state. One clear concern expressed by members from all licensed professionals working in an education setting is the disconnect between requirements of licensure and the realities of practice in schools. Because of that, the OEA health professionals committee has worked with OEA Government Affairs staffer Michelle Ruffin, to put forth a bill which creates a taskforce to study the intersection between health professional licensure and school processes.
OEA has submitted a bill to help support health professionals working in education.
Bill summary: "Establishes Task Force on Health Care Services in Oregon Schools to examine scope of duties of employment and practice for licensed health care providers employed by schools, school districts or education service districts to provide health care services"
The task force report will "Establish criteria to define when policies and procedures adopted by schools, school districts and education service districts and the scope of duties of employment are inconsistent with the scope of practice for which a health care provider is licensed to practice; Provide recommendations for ensuring policies and procedures adopted by schools, school districts and education service districts and the scope of duties of employment for licensed health care providers who are employed by the school, school district or education service district to provide health care services are consistent with the scope of practice for which health care providers are licensed to practice; and Examine possible health record systems or characteristics of a health record system that may be adopted by a school, school district, education service district or the department that would enable health care providers employed by the school, school district or education service district to provide health care services to maintain records of health-related information for students. The task force may recommend legislation or changes to administrative rules within the statutory authority of the Oregon Department of Education."
Please see the HB 2959 Talking Points and use this HB 2959 Testimony TEMPLATE for writing testimony. Be sure to make your points by telling your personal story!
Member of the OEA Health Professionals Committee