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, the Regional Health Improvement Resources Committee (RHIR), and COHC Board of Directors.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of our new Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP) Investment Strategy. This is the second iteration of our commitment to the Central Oregon communities we strive to serve. In this updated model, the RHIP Workgroups are empowered and tasked with improving the metrics found in the RHIP. The Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) Board has an overall RHIP improvement metric goal of 75% for our region. The updated structure diagram can be found here on our website. Please note the investment strategies listed as key tactics within the new structure. It is certain and critical that we continue to work collaboratively, and both leverage and invest in each type of resource we are so fortunate to enjoy. We look forward to your continued involvement and thank you for your patience while this new and improved process was developed.
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.
Crook County Foundation
Prineville, Oregon was considered in October of 2016 for the Blue Zones Project to convert the town into a healthier, happier place. The Blue Zones Project is a systems approach in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders collaborate on policies and programs that move the community toward better health and wellbeing.
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.