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Jefferson Co Public Health Services Director to Step Down

Jefferson County’s Health Services Director will step down this summer. Dr. Michael Baker tells Central Oregon Daily News, the pandemic brought a lot of frustrations with the Oregon Health Authority. “I didn’t realize the level of involvement that the Oregon Health Authority has on a daily level, in local public health here in Oregon. My job is often delegated to being their local representative, and that’s not what I wanted to do.” Dr. Baker has led the Public Health Department in Madras since 2016. He says he’d hoped to have a real impact - to help improve the health of the community. Instead… Baker says he worked long hours with just 13 full-time staffers, and little support from the state. He steps down in July. 


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