United Way of Deschutes County Awarded a $700,000 Central Oregon Health Council Grant

The Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) recently awarded a three-year, $700 thousand grant to TRACES (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences), supported by the United Way of Deschutes County — a collective action initiative, with a goal to improve health and wellbeing in Central Oregon by building resilience and helping people thrive.

TRACEs is a region-wide movement in Central Oregon that has been raising awareness and cultivating a culture of belonging by amplifying the incredible work being done by our regional partners who are addressing the components of trauma such as generational poverty, historical oppression and the enduring adverse childhood experiences accumulated in unresourced environments, i.e. health, school, employment and interpersonal relationships. We have discovered that the antidote to trauma is much more complex than building resilience alone.

Through this movement, more than 100 partnerships comprised of nonprofits, organizations and individuals in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties and on the lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have a shared agenda to nurture resilience, by investing resources and time to address the impacts of trauma within our diverse communities and explore culturally responsive practices to transform systems that will improve the ability of every one of us to thrive.

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