Healthy Start of Southern Oregon
The purpose of Healthy Start of Southern Oregon is to reduce Infant Mortality and Perinatal Health disparities in Southern Oregon. This is accomplished by using community-based approaches to service delivery, and facilitating access to comprehensive health and social services for women, infants and their families who live in rural areas of Southern Oregon. The program is funded through a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Who does the program serve?
Healthy Start of Southern Oregon targets women and families in Josephine, Douglas and Jackson Counties at critical periods in the lifespan, where there is heightened opportunity to build or strengthen health. These periods include preconception, interconception, pregnancy, early childhood and early parenthood. The program especially targets women who have limited English proficiency, are rurally/culturally isolated or have geographic barriers to care, are low-income or medically uninsured, or have no medical home.
What are the services and activities?
Improve Women’s Health
- Identify high-risk women who are pregnant, interconceptional or preconceptional
- Facilitate enrollment in health insurance or Oregon Health Plan
- Link to medical homes
- Coordinate risk assessment
- Case management
- Promote & track clinical preventive services (preconception Care, pre-natal care, interconception Care, family planning)
- Promote reproductive life plans
- Link & coordinate services with mental & behavioral health specialists
- Health promotion & education on topics including breastfeeding, immunizations, family planning, smoking cessation, safe sleep, fetal alcohol syndrome, family planning.
Improve Infant, Child & Family Health
- Developmental screening
- Depression screening
- Support trauma-informed care
- Promote father involvement
- Parent education
- Promote safe home environments
Improve Community Health & Early Childhood Systems
- Develop & use a collective impact network
- Increase service coordination and systems integration
- Promote community engagement and multi-sector collaboration
- Improve cultural competence and increase diversity of work force
Who coordinates services?
Care coordination is managed by local partners, including: Josephine County Public Health, Siskiyou Community Health Center, and United Community Action Network (UCAN).
To learn more about Healthy Start of Southern Oregon, or refer a client to the program please contact the Healthy Start Program Manager Renee Greenwood via email: Renee.Greenwood@hccso.org