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 collaborative work and community partnerships, utilizing data-driven decisions, to achieve 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).

Media Campaign to Reduce Binge Drinking Among 18-34 Year Olds

2020-2024 RHIP

This funding will be utilized to develop and implement an inclusive and engaging media campaign, targeting 18-34 year olds, to help raise awareness about what binge drinking is and to begin to...

Upstream Healthy Retail Community Assessment for Central Oregon

2020-2024 RHIP

Working with stakeholders from Central Oregon, Upstream Public Health will conduct outreach and community listening sessions to assess community interest and readiness to pilot healthy retail...

Central Oregon STI/HIV Prevention Public Health Collaborative

2020-2024 RHIP

The Central Oregon STI and HIV Prevention Public Health Collaborative project creates coordination and epidemiology capacity across the region. Working with partners to address the...

Rural Training Improvement Initiative

2020-2024 RHIP

East Cascade Works and the Central Oregon Behavioral Health Consortium (COBHC) are partnering with COHC to develop greater opportunities for behavioral health interns to be trained in our rural...

SCHS/OHSU Psychiatry Residency Program

2020-2024 RHIP

The SCHS/OHSU Psychiatry Residency Program is a Graduate Medical Education (GME) training program that will allow graduating doctors to complete four years of psychiatry training centered on the...

Consultation to Sustain Central Oregon Peer Services
in Substance & Alcohol Misuse Settings

2020-2024 RHIP

The Oregon Council for Behavioral Health will engage five Central Oregon peer organization grantees in a learning collaborative model to create and implement a peer services financial...

Peer Support Services

2020-2024 RHIP

New Priorities Family Services (NPFS) is a nonprofit mental health and substance abuse outpatient program in Redmond, Oregon. Our Mentor/Peer Support Services (PSS) program allows us to help...

Live-In Peer Mentor Wage Support

2020-2024 RHIP

DAWNS House (Directly Assisting Women Newly Sober) was granted its 501(c)(3) exempt status in 2014 and we opened our doors in May 2015 to meet the enormous need and gap in SUD housing for women....

Central Oregon Regional Childhood Immunization Rate
Quality Improvement Project

2020-2024 RHIP

The immunization rate improvement project will focus on increasing the immunization rates of two-year-olds in Central Oregon to 80 percent by implementing the AFIX-based IQIP program at...

Increasing Qualified Peer Support at the Cascade Peer and Self-Help Center

2020-2024 RHIP

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

The Healthy Eating and Food Insecurity Produce Voucher Program

2020-2024 RHIP

The Healthy Eating and Food Insecurity Produce Voucher Program aims to measurably reduce food insecurity in participants as well as improve their health. The program draws participants from...

Media Campaign Promoting Intended Pregnancy

2020-2024 RHIP

Brink Communications, a Portland, Oregon–based, mission-driven, women-owned business comprising forty dedicated, strategic, and creative professionals, in collaboration with COHC’s...

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