Clackamas County Public Health hosts TEDMED 2016 event

From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-655-8752

Media and Interested Parties

The Clackamas County Public Health Division hosted TEDMED 2016, a medicine- and health-focused division of TED Talks, for a variety of medical and non-medical partners on Thursday at Clackamas Community College.

TEDMED is known for sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage, and prompt action across a variety of spectrums, including county government agencies like Clackamas County. The event was held to facilitate the exchange of different perspectives, to use TEDMED as a vehicle to discuss provocative topics that impact health, and to challenge assumptions about public health and its role in the community.

"Hosting a TEDMED Live gathering is an initial step toward identifying invisible threats and improving the health, well-being and equity across our county," said Public Health Director Dawn Emerick. "We are engaged and ready to work with our partners so our residents can live longer, healthier lives."

Health, Housing and Human Services Director Richard Swift said this type of storytelling can foster a creative forum for partners to discuss strengthening the policies, systems, and environments that support the health of residents.

"Hosting this event demonstrates that Clackamas County is a thought-leader," he said. "We hope that it will create a space to discuss the role of public health in our community. Our selection as a host for TEDMED 2016 was a fantastic opportunity for everyone who works at and lives in Clackamas County."

With the success of Thursday's event, the county is already making plans to host another TEDMED event next year.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at 503-655-8752.