The projects below have been awarded funding by the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) to improve the overall health of Central Oregonians. COHC funds projects whose outcomes align with the Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP)*. All submitted proposals are reviewed by the respective RHIP workgroup, and if appropriate, COHC Board of Directors.
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Healthy Kids and Provider Outreach
Boost Oregon educates parents and the general public about the safety and benefits of children’s vaccines. We aim to increase the vaccination rates of Oregon’s children through community education. COHC’s support enables Boost Oregon to expand its programming to Central Oregon by training medical providers to host local workshops for parents; distributing our written materials throughout the region; and educating medical providers on communicating effectively with vaccine-hesitant parents. Knowledge is power, and Boost Oregon empowers parents to make the best decisions for their children’s health.
Pathways from Developmental Screening to Services
This project will provide system improvements to ensure that young children identified at-risk for developmental delay will receive best match follow-up services to prepare them for kindergarten. With analysis of current practice data, pathways to services and opportunities to increase capacity will be prioritized with identified regional implementation pilots to increase outcomes for children. Key partners include Mosaic Medical and Central Oregon Pediatric Associates (Primary Care partners), High Desert ESD Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and community partners who facilitate referrals to primary care and Early Intervention including home visiting, relief nursery and early care and education partners. Technical assistance with data analysis and system improvement are provided by the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Project.
A Smile for Kids (ASK)
A Smile for Kids (ASK) strives to improve the quality of life for kids in our communities through its mission of “Empowering under Resourced Youth through Orthodontics, Education, and Community Service.” ASK has a specific focus on identifying and helping those kids that are suffering from ridicule and low self-esteem due to severely crooked teeth. While many consider orthodontic treatment, or “braces”, a cosmetic procedure, the daily reality for children with badly misaligned teeth is severe. Suffering from this condition can cause poor dental health, oral disease, constant physical pain, poor school attendance, and the absence of positive social-peer relationships. ASK removes the obstacle of crooked teeth while requiring all program recipients to perform monthly volunteer service and have their school grades to be in “good standing”; resulting in improved educational and job opportunities, and a current graduation rate of 96.3% for kids completing the program from 2014 through 2018.
Food Relief – Backpacks for Bend (B4B)
The Giving Plate is honored by COHC’s support of our newest program – Backpacks for Bend (B4B). B4B is a weekend food-relief program serving severely impoverished children in the Bend/La Pine School District. Adopted by The Giving Plate in June 2018, B4B is the only program of its kind serving Bend/La Pine students. Every week, 450 food-insecure children receive a B4B food tote, which is discreetly tucked into their backpacks by a FAN advocate. Over the course of a 36 week school year, B4B will deliver 16,200 such totes to hungry children. These totes contain ten meal and snack items to help sustain children over the long weekend when food may be scarce or non-existent. We believe that proper nutrition is not only essential to a child’s healthy growth and development, but that it also plays a fundamental role in building resilience and ending the cycle of poverty. With COHC’s partnership, we are empowered to reduce childhood food-insecurity and ensure that fewer children in our local community will face a weekend of hunger.
Warming Shelter for Bend
The Warming Shelter is a low barrier shelter that opens when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. The shelter is stationed at the Pfeifer and Associates building at 23 NW Greenwood Av. Bend Oregon. Each night there are 2 paid staff that are here throughout the night to facilitate the program and the sleepers. We give incentives to the sleepers who help with clean up in the am. Sleepers can come in at 8 and need to be gone by 7. We screen for needs and connect the sleepers with outreach workers when requested.
Building a Culture of Care in Central Oregon Education Systems
In partnerships with our six school districts, early learning providers, institutions of higher education, and TRACEs, Better Together is launching an initiative to ensure cultures of care exist across education systems in Central Oregon. This work will include training over 3,000 educators in trauma-informed care and practices, ensuring trauma-informed policies and procedures are in place across education systems, and increasing capacity for coaching in trauma-informed practices through our local ESDs. The ultimate aim of this initiative is to close disparities in critical outcomes for students to ensure they are set up to live healthy and meaningful lives.
More Care: Mosaic Medical
Mosaic Medical is excited to partner with regional partners in the MoreCare cohort to improve our efficiencies that will support timely access to dental care for pediatric patients and pregnant women. As our dental program expands, this cohort will allow us to preform integrative services at national standards for oral health integration. We hope maximize our ability to deliver quality care to our pediatric and pregnant patients while ensuring the continuity of care with our external referral entities remains excellent.
More Care: Weeks Family Medicine
Weeks Family Medicine provides comprehensive healthcare for individuals, families, pediatrics and Obstetric patients. We believe that it is imperative to also include dental to encompass full body care. By working in conjunction with Advantage Dental, DentaQuest and through gracious funding from the Central Oregon Health Council, Weeks Family Medicines’ More Care project was created. Goals of this project include; Increasing the percent of patients with fluoride varnish application, completed Oral Health Evaluations, self-management goals and developing a bigger dental referral network. By creating awareness with our pregnant mothers, as well as new families with pediatric patients and following newly adopted integration models to help keep our patients’ mouths healthy and cavity free.
The mission of DAWNS House is to provide a safe and compassionate living option for homeless, newly sober women seeking long-term recovery. Providing guidance and assistance to help the women reclaim their lives, DAWNS House helps to break the chain of addiction and alcoholism, promotes personal and community responsibility, and gives women in the program an opportunity to live productive and fulfilling lives. DAWNS House is so grateful for the funding of the COHC to initiate the following program. Resident Assistance Program is three-fold. Mentoring, Immediate needs and Life-skills.
St. Charles Mobile Care Clinic
The St. Charles Mobile Care Clinic provides ongoing support for patients with poor control of diabetes to help improve self-management skills, identify barriers to care and reduce hospitalizations. Key components include: patient home visits with a certified diabetes educator/RN to assess patient and environment; weekly phone calls from a RN Care Coordinator to monitor patient’s progress on goals and identify needs; care delivered as needed by a pharmacist, dietitian, community health educator and behavior health specialist; and regular reporting to the primary care provider and specialists of patient progress and change in health status. The aim is to facilitate more timely treatment changes for improved health outcomes while helping the most vulnerable patients become more engaged in their own care. The Mobile Care team connects patients to community resources and services, as well as offering support funds to assist patients in improving their management of diabetes. After a one-year pilot focused in Prineville, St. Charles plans to take lessons learned to redesign the delivery of diabetes care across the system.
Central Oregon Youth Tobacco Photovoice
The Central Oregon Youth Tobacco Photovoice Project will give voice to young people throughout the Central Oregon region about the harmful impacts of tobacco as they experience them. The project aims to empower and equip youth to speak with decision makers about policy that would protect from tobacco use and exposure. Additionally, project staff will collect and analyze qualitative data to contribute to the development of tools for primary care tobacco interventions for youth.
Juntos Aprendemos (Together We Learn)
In partnership with Central Oregon Health Council, we will be supporting the implementation of a parent led early Spanish literacy program in four elementary schools in the region. This program invites Latinx parents and their children ages 3-5 into their future elementary schools to develop Spanish language skills through literacy programming and parenting education. This is a robust partnership between multiple non-profit leaders and school districts in the region, and is aimed at increasing Kindergarten Readiness and Third Grade literacy for Latinx children while supporting parents in their role as “first teacher” to their children.
Redemption House Ministries has successfully opened Regeneration House, a homeless shelter for men in Prineville. The goal is to provide a safe environment for men to sleep, shower, wash their clothes and relax. The men at Regeneration House are also provided assistance in finding employment, as well as information on community services and encouragement to seek these services
Kids in Parks: Central Oregon Pilot
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is launching the successful national program, Kids in Parks, in Central Oregon, focusing on Prineville and Madras. This project will inspire kids and families from Crook and Jefferson Counties to be physically active through hiking and nature exploration. Recent studies show that, on average, kids spend 7.65 hours per day “plugged-in” and only an average of 7 minutes per day in unstructured outdoor play. The project will include developing a network of 5-6 TRACK trails, which are family-friendly, self-guided adventures, and launching TRACK Rx, a system in which healthcare providers prescribe time outdoors, utilizing TRACK trails and other self-guided activities. Youth participation is incentivized through encouragement from healthcare providers and prizes for participation. This project will bridge the healthcare community, local parks and trails, and community partners to develop systems that promote increased engagement with natural areas.
Diabetes Point of Care Testing in Dental Setting
Advantage Dental will provide point of care testing in the dental office for diabetic patients and refer to primary care when HbA1c level is >9.0%. This service in the dental office includes education to patients that poorly controlled diabetes can lead to the progression of oral health problems and serious gum disease may potentially affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Veggie Rx Pilot
The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance’s (HDFFA) Veggie Rx pilot program is designed to improve the health of food insecure patients by providing them with vouchers for produce to increase their consumption of fresh vegetables and fruit. Three main objectives of the program are to:
1. Implement a Veggie Rx pilot program for food insecure people with diet-modifiable disease in order to increase fresh food consumption by participants.
2. Provide nutrition education to improve healthy eating habits by program participants.
3. Create community linkages between health care, community resources, food system and participants to enhance community health. Start the conversation about food insecurity contribute to increased provider screening and awareness of food insecurity.
Embedded Substance Use Disorder Positions Pilot
Through the support of the Central Oregon Health Council, BestCare is placing 2 full time embedded substance use clinicians including a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Recovery Mentor in the St. Charles (Bend) Hospital for the next two years. The focus will be to engage patients in the appropriate level of behavioral health care after hospital discharge with the goal of reducing the high level of utilization of hospital services by those that have untreated substance use disorders.
Rx to Move
Mosaic Medical, with funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, is expanding the Rx to Move project. Through the pilot phase, we found that a prescription from primary care providers for physical activity will increase physical activity among youth served. Youth between 6 and 18 years old who receive health care from any Mosaic Medical clinic are eligible for the program. The goal is to increase the number of days that youth report they are active and assess whether a prescription from a provider is an effective way to increase physical activity among young people.
Eat For Life
Eat for Life is a regional project that will provide mentorship, education, and financial support for patients with diabetes to manage their disease through proper nutrition. 160 patients who have an A1C level equal or greater than 9 and who identify as food insecure will be eligible to participate in the program. Over the course of four months, patients from Mosaic Medical, St. Charles, La Pine Community Health Center and High Lakes in Sisters will meet with a dietician, nurse, or primary care provider at their clinic and attend a Nutrition Kitchen cooking class every other week where they will receive a $20 vegetable voucher that can be redeemed at any Grocery Outlet in the region.
Advancing Integrated Care
Advancing Integrated Care In Central Oregon is an intensive effort to improve all aspects of behavioral health care in primary care settings. The overall goal is to better meet the behavioral health needs of Central Oregon residents. Through this project, all primary care clinics in Central Oregon can receive individualized technical assistance, training, and consultation based on their behavioral health quality improvement goals. Primary care clinics will focus on increasing screening for behavioral health needs, integrating on-site interventions, connecting patients with community resources, and coordinating effectively with outside specialty behavioral health providers.
House the Children
Providing safe, affordable and sober housing is a goal of Pfeifer and Associates for all of our clients and their families. With funding from the Central Oregon Health Council for our HOUSE THE CHILDREN project, we are able to pay for children to live in a sober home with their parent and attend the school in their neighborhood with school buddies as their neighbors. We house on average 10 children monthly in 7 different homes. The average stay is one year and we help parents find other supportive or non supportive housing when they are ready to move on. Children are expected to have a primary care check up, improve attendance and achievement scores at school while in housing.
Commute Options is bringing the Walking School Bus program across Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook and northern Klamath counties with funding provided by the Central Oregon Health Council. Through healthy transportation choices, Commute Options encourages the wellness of individuals, a clean environment, and a strong economy. Commute Options provides educational and encouragement programs across the state including Safe Routes to School, Drive Less Connect, and Friendly Driver. The Walking School Bus program will bring 20 new walking routes across the Central Oregon region. A Walking School Bus is a group of students walking to and from school with an adult Leader on a planned route. The program will increase the number of students receiving physical activity, as well as the number of minutes of daily physical activity. The goal is to encourage youth to implement a healthy lifestyle into their daily routines by walking and rolling to and from school.
Thrive Central Oregon
Thrive Central Oregon seeks to connect individual needs with community resources. Individuals and families who are living in poverty are often in need of social services and support. A lack of knowledge of what the community has to offer, transportation and access barriers, and difficulty in navigating systems are primary reasons individuals and families are unable to access these community service supports. Thrive bridges the gap for community members, meeting them where they are in public spaces, providing vital connection to services and support that for many wouldotherwise not happen. Previously, Thrive Central Oregon had operated in eight community locations in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. With funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, Thrive Central Oregon is able to expand operations into Prineville, thus reaching more Central Oregonians in the communities in which they reside.
Housing for All (H4A)
H4A is an innovative regional housing consortium formed to address the multiple dimensions of the housing affordability and availability crisis in Central Oregon, and includes health and human services agencies, private developers, regional businesses, non-profits, local governments, state and federal agencies, advocates, and community members. H4A’s first integrated work plan activity is to update the 2006 Regional Housing Needs Assessment – the new version will look at the region’s current housing stock and distribution, analyze what types of housing are needed now and will be needed in the future (including where and for what populations), and recommend best practice policies, programs, and projects to serve Central Oregon’s needs as the region continues to grow.
Mosaic Medical’s Rx to Move
Mosaic Medical, with funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, is piloting the ‘Rx to Move’ project. Starting in November 2017 through April 2018 Mosaic will test whether a prescription from primary care providers for physical activity will increase physical activity among youth served. The pilot includes youth between 6 and 18 years old who receive health care from Mosaic Medical pediatrics and school-based health centers in the region. The goal is to increase the number of days that youth report they are active and assess whether a prescription from a provider is an effective way to increase physical activity among young people.
TRACES (Trauma, Resiliency, and Adverse Childhood Experiences)
TRACES is a movement dedicated to making Central Oregon a region where every individual has the strengths, social connectedness, and community resources they need to thrive. With funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, TRACES will identify a high-risk population (kids experiencing foster care), study the total possible spectrum of children’s needs (health, development, education, social connectedness, etc.), and assess a defined population to identify ‘how much’ is needed. Once this work is completed, TRACES and partners will work to attract and direct (potentially significant) resources to agencies that can fulfill the identified needs. The work with the defined population will be evaluated for possible replication region-wide. Over the course of their lifetime, children who have experienced significant trauma are likely to experience lost wages and utilization of healthcare, special education, child welfare, and criminal justice services estimated to cost Central Oregon communities $38-$81 million per year.
Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic
Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic has served the children and young adults of Central Oregon for more than 20 years. For the past 4 years, they have provided preventative services in both non-traditional settings (e.g., schools, community service venues, fairs, etc.) through their Screen and Seal (S&S) Programs as well as their traditional clinic facility. Screening an average of 6,000 children each year, they have identified 25% of these children who have near term or urgent dental needs (1500 children each year in need of treatment) thus insuring timely and high quality response to their needs. In this 5th year of the S&S Program, Kemple Clinic is proud to once again deliver these services to even more schools and community venues, with the help of key funding from the Central Oregon Health Council. In strong alignment with the goals of the Regional Health Improvement Plan goals, Kemple continues to deliver comprehensive dental programs and services that “keep children cavity free”.
Jericho Road, a Redmond area non-profit provides a variety of programs including Weekend Food for Students, Immediate Emergency Help, a Hot Meal Program six nights a week and a Housing Assistance program. Since 2005 the Housing Assistance Program has assisted families with children with quick and effective means to keep them in their homes and preventing homelessness. With the help and support of the Central Oregon Health Council, for the first time Jericho Road will be able to expand their program to include senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, individuals on fixed incomes and those who are struggling to maintain their living conditions. What the COHC has helped bring about is a definitive answer for preventing homelessness in the Redmond area.
Friends of the Children Central Oregon
Friends of the Children is an early intervention and prevention program serving children facing the highest risks. Through the support of the Central Oregon Health Council, Friends of the Children will select and match kindergarten children with a full time paid professional mentor whose only job is to work directly with eight children, 16 hours per month each for 12 1/2 years-no matter what. These children are born into circumstances beyond their control and have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences…together the Friends of the Children will help change their stories.
All projects listed below were funded under an old process that has since been retired. The new process of funding projects through RHIP workgroups was applied to all projects above.
OSU Cascades Student Health & Wellness Promotion
The goal of the project is to promote student health and wellness through increased access to services and wellness education opportunities. To accomplish this, a full-time Health Advisor will help students coordinate and navigate already existing community resources and health care services in Central Oregon. This project will also implement health and wellness education and outreach activities. The education and outreach portion of this project will include creating a student advisory group to utilize student-driven outreach. One of the ways the success of this project will be assessed is through the annual implementation of the National College Health Assessment Survey that will be used to collect data on a variety of student health concerns.
Pfeifer and Associates SUD Housing in Bend
This is a project developed by Pfeifer and Associates (PA) to house homeless individuals in Bend who suffer from Substance Use Disorders (SUD). For this project, PA will purchase a two-bedroom duplex in Bend to house individuals with SUD for 30 years. PA is already partnered with Housing Works to provide services to individuals and families in recovery living in Housing Works’ properties.
Pfeifer and Associates SUD Housing in La Pine
This is a project developed by Pfeifer and Associates (PA) to house homeless individuals in La Pine who suffer from Substance Use Disorders (SUD). For this project PA will purchase a three-bedroom duplex in La Pine to house individuals with SUD for 30 years. PA is already partnered with Housing Works to provide services to individuals and families in recovery living in Housing Works’ properties. PA has also partnered with La Pine Community Health Center to identify the population that can benefit from the project.
Vern Patrick Community School
The Vern Patrick Community School Project was created in 2010 with the mission to provide quality education to every child, regardless of their living situation. This project focuses on addressing obstacles such as family dynamics, poverty, language barriers, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) to improve the education and development of children in these difficult situations. This program achieves its goals by providing enrichment opportunities, educational experiences, and social support and assistance to the children and their families.
Kids Club of Jefferson County Transportation
Kids Club is a year-round program for high-risk school-aged children in Jefferson County. Kids Club is a before and after school program that runs year round. The mission of Kids Club is to provide enrichment activities and opportunities for children and learn important life skills in a safe environment that will help them to reach their full potential. Kids Club will be purchasing a bus to provide transportation in order for children to participate in additional enrichment and wellness activities. Having available transportation will increase the participation in these activities and will in turn improve the health and well-being of the children.
Head Start Mental Health Support Services
The Mental Health Support Services project, created by Neighbor Impact, will create a wrap-around support system for children who experience complex trauma. This program will be implemented in all of the Head Start classrooms in Deschutes and Crook counties. The Head Start program will provide these children support from specialized staff. The project’s primary goal is to create and implement a support system for children whose complex trauma interferes with their ability to learn.
Pacific Crest Affordable Housing Asimeth 315
Pacific Crest Affordable Housing is constructing 50 affordable housing units called “Asimeth 315” in Northwest Crossing on Bend’s west side. The multi-family complex will accommodate single and small households with 36 one-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units. Thirteen units will be reserved for senior citizens (age 55+). All of the units will be exclusively rented to low- and very-low-income households. Rents will range approximately from $336 to $672 per month with all utilities included. Rent will be determined by household size and income level to ensure affordability. The project will also include resident services that focus on health and access to healthcare. These services will include immunization clinics, healthcare navigation, physical and mental health screenings, referrals, and more. The building will also include a fitness room, a walking/jogging path, raised-bed community gardens, and bicycles available to residents.
Diabetes Prevention Program
The goal of the Central Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in high-risk individual in Central Oregon. This is accomplished through a coordinated intensive lifestyle intervention that leads to weight loss and increased physical activity. The program is lead by Deschutes County Health Services.
Perinatal Care Continuum
The Perinatal Care Continuum (PCC) serves Central Oregon’s prenatal and postnatal high-risk families. PCC’s funding will serve 240 prenatal patients region-wide, expand care coordination support embedded in local obstetric clinics, and hire a regional coordinator and prenatal screener for Redmond and Madras clinic locations. The goal of the project is to reduce the incidence of low-birth-weight babies and create efficiency in the health system for prenatal patients.
The Bethlehem Inn has provided temporary housing for homeless individuals and families in Central Oregon since 1999. To expand their efforts, they are constructing a new building that will double the number of family units and add a commercial kitchen as well as administrative space to their facility. Residents of Bethlehem Inn are provided not only with shelter and meals, but a vast array of health, housing, and social services intended to improve lives and prevent further homelessness.
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery ’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through community support and therapeutic services which help vulnerable children and families succeed. This program will help at-risk 3-4 year old children in Bend prepare physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively for kindergarten through a therapeutic preschool classroom for 3 years.
NeighborImpact represents and serves economically disadvantaged residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. They assist families and individuals with housing stabilization, early education, childcare, access to food and more. This project aims to keep low- and moderate-income level households remain in housing and avoid homelessness by teaching residents financial skills.
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance’s mission is to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable farm land use, and foster relationships among farmers and consumers. Their project involves developing and disseminating a needs assessment of nutrition wellness programs, as well as offer Cooking Matters classes to community residents.
Central Oregon IPA – Hypertension Control Education
The Central Oregon Independent Practice Association (COIPA) sponsored this proposal for Dr. Mark Backus to educate Central Oregon primary care providers on hypertension control. Dr. Backus has been nationally recognized with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Hypertension award.