ORURISA's Quarterly Newsletter

9th Issue - March 2023


Happy Spring!

We Welcome You to Our 9th Quarterly Newsletter!

Newsletter Content:

    • 2023 GIS In Action Conference 
    • Conference Dates and Location
    • Keynote Speaker
    • Presentations and Speakers
    • GeoSpatial Training Services Workshops
    • Conference Social
    • ORURISA President
    • Interim President
    • New President Elect

2023 GIS in Action Annual Conference

April 17-18

Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR

You are invited to take part in the 2023 GIS in Action conference and connect with the great community of GIS professionals. GIS in Action is the premier annual gathering of over 250 professionals and students from Oregon and Southwest Washington. It’s a chance to share ideas, get educated on new technologies and opportunities, and refresh relationships with colleagues. This year, the conference will be held in-person for the first time since the COVID19 pandemic. Register for the conference here.

Keynote Speaker

John was born in Colfax, Washington, March 5, 1947; graduated from Dartmouth College, 1969; and the University of Oregon Medical School, 1973. He did his internship in Denver with four rotations in the emergency departments of Denver General Hospital, Denver Children’s Hospital and University Hospital. Following his internship, he practiced Emergency Medicine in Roseburg, Oregon from 1974-1989 with one year of general practice and surgery from 1976-1977.

He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1978; the State Senate in 1980, 1984 and 1988, serving as Senate President from 1985-1993. John is Oregon’s longest-serving governor, holding that office from 1995-2003 and 2011-2015.

Between 1978 and 1989 John practiced emergency medicine while simultaneously serving in the legislature. This gave him a unique perspective on the implications of public policy at the point of delivery. He also saw many medical problems that started first as social problems in the home, which led to his lifelong commitment to at risk children and families.

As Senate President, he authored the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, which challenged federal policy around categorical eligibility and sought to prioritize health services based on social values and clinical effectiveness. Hundreds of thousands of low and moderate-income Oregon families and their children still have access to health care because of this work.

During his terms as governor John developed the Oregon Children’s Plan; led the transformation of Oregon’s early childhood delivery system; and the creation of the Early Learning Council and local Early Learning Hubs. During his third term he was the chief architect of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), the first effort in the country created on a statewide basis to meet the Triple Aim—better health, better quality, lower cost—with a focus on community and population health.

Over the past five years Oregon's new CCO care model has reduced the Medicaid cost trend by two percentage points per member per month, realizing a new total funds savings of over $1billion. At the same time, benefits were maintained, enrollment was expanded by 385,000 people and all the CCOs met rigorous outcome and quality metrics. Today nearly a million people—one out of every four Oregonians and fifty percent of Oregon’s children—get quality care through a CCO.

In 2013 Modern Healthcare Magazine ranked John #2 on list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care;” and #1 on the list of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives. In 2013, Governing Magazine named John “Public Official of the Year.” John has served on the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council, the Pacific Rivers Council and the Wild Salmon Center; and is the recipient of the Richard L. Neuberger Award (Oregon Environmental Council); The Distinguished Service Award (Trout Unlimited); and The Guardian of the Future Award (Resource Renewal Institute).

John is currently a writer, speaker and private consultant on health policy and politics; early childhood development; and sustainable natural resource management. He lives in Portland and spends his free time fly fishing and white-water rafting on Oregon’s wild and scenic rivers.

Presentations and Speakers

Conference Registration

GeoSpatial Training Services Workshops

Workshop Registration

Conference Social

2023 GIS In Action Conference - Evening

(Date and time will be emailed out next week)

Standard Insurance Building

900 SW 5th Avenue

Portland, OR

ORURISA President Stepped Down

Keith Massie has decided to step-down from the ORURISA President's role. We would like to thank Keith for his support and service to the ORURISA Chapter. We feel privileged and grateful for Keith's wisdom, dedication, and leadership, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

ORURISA's Interim President

The ORURISA Board of Directors approved the appointment of Robb Kirkman to the position of ORURISA Interim President in February. Robb Kirkman has been a member of ORURISA and URISA for more than two decades, serving as Portland Area GIS User Group chair since 2017.  Robb will serve as the Interim President on the ORURISA board until the close of Annual Meeting in April, 2023. 

New President Elect

Polls were conducted from March 08 to March 25, to elect the nominee Alexa Todd for the President Elect position.  The poll results show your overwhelming support for Alexa. Thank you for taking part in the ORURISA Board elections.

We would like to Congratulate and Welcome Alexa Todd on her new role on the ORURISA Board.

Here is Alexa Todd's Bio in case you missed it on the poll form:

Hello! Thanks for reading my bio. Alexa Todd is my name and I use she/her pronouns. I am a systems analyst at Oregon Metro where I manage the data system for the Regional Illegal Dumping program. I’ve been on the ORURISA board since 2016, first as the President of the Emerging Professionals and then as an at-large board member. My biggest contribution has been to the GIS in Action conference as the Chair during the virtual years of 2021-2022, the Program Chair from 2019-2020, and in various other roles since I was a geography grad student at PSU in 2012. With my consistent involvement with ORURISA over the last 10 years, I have an understanding of the current challenges and opportunities. The adoption of OneURISA in 2021 shifted the focus of the board to updating bylaws. Now that work is complete, there is an opportunity to utilize resources from URISA to support local PNW activities and to build connections with GIS professionals around the nation. Beyond my professional pursuits, I enjoy learning about natural systems and challenging myself on trails, in the mountains, and on the pickleball court. I live in Happy Valley with my SO and our Manx cat and Chesapeake Bay retriever.

We hope to see you at the

2023 GIS In Action Conference!

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