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C.O. Health Council grants $102K to Healthy Beginnings

BEND, Ore. - Healthy Beginnings, the Central Oregon nonprofit that has been providing free comprehensive health and development assessments for children from 0-5 for 23 years, recently received a $102,000 grant from the Central Oregon Health Council.  

 

This investment will allow Healthy Beginnings to continue their efforts to expand their mission to not only care for children under the age of 5, but also assess how parents of young children are doing in our region. Healthy Beginnings believes that for children to thrive, they need parents who feel connected, supported and empowered.

                                                                                                              

“Support from Central Oregon Health Council is very meaningful to our organization. This investment signals support from our community partners that all families deserve multiple pathways to care. This investment will help us significantly improve and expand our efforts,” said Executive Director Diane Murray-Fleck.

 

In addition to rebranding all of their marketing materials, including a new website, Healthy Beginnings is fine-tuning their processes and streamlining the data that is collected at each screening. Under the new direction of Diane Murray-Fleck, the organization is focused on growing its partnership community and ultimately, serving more families in the tri-county area.

 

About Healthy Beginnings

The Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt public and private community governance entity. The COHC is dedicated to improving the health of the region and providing oversight of the Medicaid population and Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). COHC was officially created by Senate Bill 204 in 2011 to promote the health of the region’s residents and seeks to achieve the Triple Aim of improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction with the health system, and reducing cost. The COHC’s mission is to serve as the governing Board for the CCO and to connect the CCO, patients, providers, Central Oregon, and resources. The COHC and Central Oregon’s CCO, PacificSource Community Solutions (PSCS), works together to transform health care in the region and to use integrated and coordinated health care systems to improve health; increase quality, reliability, availability, and continuity of care; and reduce the cost of care.

                                                   

About Healthy Beginnings

For nearly 23 years, Healthy Beginnings (HB) has provided Central Oregon families with accessible, free health and developmental screenings for children from birth to five years old. The organization also provides referrals to appropriate community agencies, follow-up services, information and support.

 

The purpose of this program is to provide accessible, preventative screenings to confirm the well-being of children and/or to identify and refer concerns in the areas of health, development, and behavior. Since its inception, Healthy Beginnings has provided these services at no cost to families, and currently offers screening clinics throughout Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.

 

For more information about Healthy Beginnings, or to schedule a screening, please visit myhb.orgHealthy Beginnings is a 21 Cares for Kids partner.


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