Portland, April 24th, 2014. The CARES Northwest Gala raised more than $60,000 for the prevention, medical evaluation and treatment of child abuse. Nearly 175 community members, including Cathy Lang, M.D., Katheryn Kroeger, Leila Keltner, M.D., and Nicole Perdue, M.D., gathered to raise awareness and funds in support of this community-based medical program, which is a collaborative effort among four of the region’s leading health systems – Kaiser Permanente, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Providence Health & Services and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. (photo credit, Russ Johnson)

Sally Blackwood, Eric Jones, M.D., and Kelly Rice.

Sally Blackwood, Eric Jones, M.D., and Kelly Rice.

“We are so grateful to the many supporters of CARES Northwest who continue to help us not only respond to the issue of child abuse, but also build programs in treatment and prevention to help break the cycle of violence,” said Kevin Dowling, program manager for CARES Northwest.

Established in 1987, CARES Northwest serves more than 5,000 children annually in Multnomah and Washington Counties. It is the first program in Oregon to pair physicians and nurse practitioners with interviewers in a medical setting to provide child abuse assessments. This approach to intervention increases effectiveness, minimizes trauma to the child and helps prevent future abuse. To learn more about CARES Northwest, visit www.caresnw.org.

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