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).

Permanent Supportive Housing Development

2020-2024 RHIP

This project enables Central Oregon FUSE to end homelessness for our unhoused community members living with disabilities and an extended history of homelessness. FUSE is working with partners to...

Advancing Literacy Acquisition in the Early Years through Evidence-Based Practices

2020-2024 RHIP

This project will focus on improving the early identification of reading difficulties and subsequent support for young children through increased training for faculty and education of students...

Crook County School District Graduation Equity Improvement Project

2020-2024 RHIP

The Crook County School District Graduation Equity Improvement Project will seek to collaborate with the Central Oregon Health Council to establish a new model that provides a graduation coach...

Impacting Graduation Rates through Student and Family Engagement

2020-2024 RHIP

Juntos (meaning “together” in Spanish) works to empower families around education by uniting with community partners to provide culturally relevant programming for 8-12th grade students and...

Improving Graduation Rates for Jefferson County Youth

2020-2024 RHIP

This project is designed to improve graduation rates for our economically disadvantaged youth. Funding will support one graduation coach who will support or direct students to the appropriate...

Central Oregon Regional Housing Council

2020-2024 RHIP

The Central Oregon Regional Housing Council (RHC) is intended to build a regional collaborative governance approach to our region’s homelessness, housing affordability and housing...

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...

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