What We Do

We improve health care by bringing down costs and raising both quality and satisfaction.

Our Purpose

We exist to build an equitable and integrated health ecosystem that improves the health of Central Oregonians through collaboration and partnerships, data-driven decisions, quality improvements, lowered costs, and empowered providers. Our value to the region will exceed the cost of our efforts.

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How We Do It

We engage leaders from education, transportation, insurance, hospice, and government to talk about health.

We listen to Medicaid members. We close the gap between patients and health care decision-makers.

We invest in projects that affect the health of Central Oregonians.

We publish data for our community members to use when deciding how best to improve their health.

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Case Studies

Better Together

Juntos Aprendemos (translated: together we learn) is an initiative that connects families to resources and schools to close the gaps in Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd-grade reading outcomes between Latino students and their peers. This project builds upon the already substantial strengths of our Latino community by ensuring that the culture of family support is integrated into school settings.

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St. Charles Health System

The St. Charles Mobile Care Clinic will provide ongoing clinical support to help patients with diabetes increase self-management skills, identify barriers to care, and make lifestyle changes that improve quality of life.

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High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

VeggieRx is a fresh produce prescription program that improves healthy eating habits for individuals experiencing food insecurity and diagnosed with diet-modifiable disease. This program aims to increase the access to and consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits by participants who receive vouchers for produce as well as nutrition education.

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Regional Health Improvement Plan

Every five years we write a Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP). The RHIP is a guide that we and our partners use to promote and advance health. Current topics include mental health, physical health, education, stable housing and more.

The RHIP is written by many of our partners in Central Oregon. Working together helps us to define a vision for the health of our communities.  Click below to find current and past Central Oregon RHIP files and related documents.

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Grant Opportunities

There are two types of grants at the Central Oregon Health Council: Standard Grants (large grants with specific parameters and application windows) and Mini Grants (small grants of $5,000 or less which can be applied for at anytime).

Standard Grants are intermittently available for the 2020-2024 cycle. These grants are formed and vetted by our volunteer community members and subject-matter experts. Check back regularly to see the latest grant opportunities.

Mini Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support work in Central Oregon that improves equity and builds capacity to address the Future State measures in the Regional Health Improvement Plan. Click below to learn what types of projects we fund and why we fund them.

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Funded Initiatives

Funded Initiatives are programs and projects that have received funding in order to make a measurable impact on one or more specific metrics that are outlined in the Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP).

Improving high school graduation rates through culturally-specific college preparation

2020-2024 RHIP

This project will fund the continuation of the college preparation programs at COCC district high schools for Latinx, Native American, and African American high school students. Specifically,...

Restorative Justice & Equity: Practices to Raise Student Retention and Graduation Rates

2020-2024 RHIP

Over the next two years, Restorative Justice & Equity will work with the Bend La-Pine School District to institutionalize restorative practices into school culture by supporting a Community...

High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

2016-2019 RHIP

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...

Tertiary Pain Program

2016-2019 RHIP

The Tertiary Pain Program will provide access to comprehensive pain care resources for individuals and their family or caregivers.  This one-year pilot project is a collaborative effort between...

Bridging the Gap: Between Specialty Behavioral Health & Primary Care

2016-2019 RHIP

Through the “Bridging the Gap” pilot project, Brightways Counseling Group, BestCare outpatient Treatment Services, and Rimrock Trails Treatment Services are partnering with select primary...

Thrive Central Oregon- Service Maintenance & Expansion

2016-2019 RHIP

Thrive Central Oregon will grow to meet current and future demand for services from Central Oregonians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by expanding our ability to provide creative...

Deschutes County Stabilization Center

2016-2019 RHIP

The Deschutes County Stabilization Center (DCSC) is a collaborative project between Deschutes County Health Services and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office to develop a 24/7 crisis...

Cascade Peer & Self-Help Center

2016-2019 RHIP

Cascade Peer and Self Help Center is a drop-in center for people experiencing on going mental health and/or addiction issues who are engaged in mental health or addiction treatment or referred...

COIC – Building Regional Engagement and Capacity to Address Priority Housing Issues

2016-2019 RHIP

With the support of COHC, COIC’s Housing for All program will deliver two workshops aimed at bringing together regional housing stakeholders to build joint action and partnerships to...

Crook County Health Department – Youth Summit for Health: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

2016-2019 RHIP

The Youth Summit For Health (YSFH) is a community-based intervention that aims to decrease teen pregnancies by delaying risky sexual behaviors and providing teens with the healthcare resources...

St. Charles: Addressing SDoH in Central Oregon using a Community Resource Referral Platform

2016-2019 RHIP

The funding support from the Regional Health Improvement Plan for Addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) will support a one year pilot to establish a build a resource directory in...

Central Oregon IPA – Hypertension Control Education

2016-2019 RHIP

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...

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