Funded Initiatives

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, and if appropriate, COHC Board of Directors.
To learn how to apply for funding from a RHIP workgroup please click here.
Click to see the Community Investment Profile (published February).


Thrive Central Oregon

Thrive Central Oregon seeks to connect individual needs with community resources. Individuals and families who are living in poverty are often in need of social services and support. A lack of knowledge of what the community has to offer, transportation and access barriers, and difficulty in navigating systems are primary reasons individuals and families are unable to access these community service supports. Thrive bridges the gap for community members, meeting them where they are in public spaces, providing vital connection to services and support that for many wouldotherwise not happen.  Previously, Thrive Central Oregon had operated in eight community locations in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. With funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, Thrive Central Oregon is able to expand operations into Prineville, thus reaching more Central Oregonians in the communities in which they reside.

Housing for All (H4A)

H4A is an innovative regional housing consortium formed to address the multiple dimensions of the housing affordability and availability crisis in Central Oregon, and includes health and human services agencies, private developers, regional businesses, non-profits, local governments, state and federal agencies, advocates, and community members. H4A’s first integrated work plan activity is to update the 2006 Regional Housing Needs Assessment – the new version will look at the region’s current housing stock and distribution, analyze what types of housing are needed now and will be needed in the future (including where and for what populations), and recommend best practice policies, programs, and projects to serve Central Oregon’s needs as the region continues to grow.

Mosaic Medical’s Rx to Move

Mosaic Medical, with funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, is piloting the ‘Rx to Move’ project. Starting in November 2017 through April 2018 Mosaic will test whether a prescription from primary care providers for physical activity will increase physical activity among youth served. The pilot includes youth between 6 and 18 years old who receive health care from Mosaic Medical pediatrics and school-based health centers in the region.  The goal is to increase the number of days that youth report they are active and assess whether a prescription from a provider is an effective way to increase physical activity among young people.

TRACES (Trauma, Resiliency, and Adverse Childhood Experiences)

TRACES is a movement dedicated to making Central Oregon a region where every individual has the strengths, social connectedness, and community resources they need to thrive. With funding support from the Central Oregon Health Council, TRACES will identify a high-risk population (kids experiencing foster care), study the total possible spectrum of children’s needs (health, development, education, social connectedness, etc.), and assess a defined population to identify ‘how much’ is needed. Once this work is completed, TRACES and partners will work to attract and direct (potentially significant) resources to agencies that can fulfill the identified needs. The work with the defined population will be evaluated for possible replication region-wide. Over the course of their lifetime, children who have experienced significant trauma are likely to experience lost wages and utilization of healthcare, special education, child welfare, and criminal justice services estimated to cost Central Oregon communities $38-$81 million per year.

Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic

Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic has served the children and young adults of Central Oregon for more than 20 years. For the past 4 years, they have provided preventative services in both non-traditional settings (e.g., schools, community service venues, fairs, etc.) through their Screen and Seal (S&S) Programs as well as their traditional clinic facility. Screening an average of 6,000 children each year, they have identified 25% of these children who have near term or urgent dental needs (1500 children each year in need of treatment) thus insuring timely and high quality response to their needs. In this 5th year of the S&S Program, Kemple Clinic is proud to once again deliver these services to even more schools and community venues, with the help of key funding from the Central Oregon Health Council. In strong alignment with the goals of the Regional Health Improvement Plan goals, Kemple continues to deliver comprehensive dental programs and services that “keep children cavity free”.

Jericho Road

Jericho Road, a Redmond area non-profit provides a variety of programs including Weekend Food for Students, Immediate Emergency Help, a Hot Meal Program six nights a week and a Housing Assistance program. Since 2005 the Housing Assistance Program has assisted families with children with quick and effective means to keep them in their homes and preventing homelessness. With the help and support of the Central Oregon Health Council, for the first time Jericho Road will be able to expand their program to include senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, individuals on fixed incomes and those who are struggling to maintain their living conditions. What the COHC has helped bring about is a definitive answer for preventing homelessness in the Redmond area.

Friends of the Children Central Oregon

Friends of the Children is an early intervention and prevention program serving children facing the highest risks. Through the support of the Central Oregon Health Council, Friends of the Children will select and match kindergarten children with a full time paid professional mentor whose only job is to work directly with eight children, 16 hours per month each for 12 1/2 years-no matter what. These children are born into circumstances beyond their control and have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences…together the Friends of the Children will help change their stories.


All projects listed below were funded under an old process that has since been retired. The new process of funding projects through RHIP workgroups was applied to all projects above.


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.

Bethlehem Inn

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.

Living Well Central Oregon

Living Well Central Oregon coordinates the Stanford Suite of Living Well chronic disease self-management classes across the region for patients with chronic pain, diabetes, and other medical conditions.


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 School District

Crooked River Elementary School received funding to pilot a two-year study determining students’ levels of physical activity and understanding the effects it has on health, pre and post physical education equipment.

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.