This project was funded by the Children's Institute, 2016.
Community health services -- Oregon -- Douglas County -- Surveys, Needs assessment, Health planning, Medical care -- Needs assessment -- Oregon -- Douglas County
Beginning in February 2016, the North Douglas County (NDC) communities of Drain, Elkton, and Yoncalla, Oregon engaged in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) planning process, focusing on children ages birth-to-8 and their families. The purpose of this process was to explore, understand, and integrate linkages between early learning and young child and family health; identify health-related resources currently available and accessible to NDC families; and prioritize health areas of interest to be explored during the CHNA.
The North Douglas County CHNA builds on community partnerships already established in the region through initiatives that aim to coordinate and align early learning and K-12 systems. The work of Yoncalla Early Works (“YEW”, initiated in 2012 with funding from The Ford Family Foundation and Children’s Institute) and North Douglas P3 (“NDP3”, initiated in 2014 with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation) demonstrate community commitment to supporting young children and families. The work of community members through these initiatives laid the foundation for the region’s readiness to engage in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) planning process
Ultimately, this first planning phase of the CHNA resulted in recommendations to conduct Phase 2 of the CHNA in North Douglas County, and is expected to get underway in summer/fall 2016 in collaboration with community members. The Community Health Needs Assessment will seek to answer the following questions:
1. What does health look like for children ages birth-to-8 and their families in North Douglas County?
2. What health services are available and accessible to children and families in North Douglas County?
3. What health services do families in North Douglas County need and want?
4. What needs to happen for health services to be available and accessible for North Douglas County children ages birth-to-8 and their families?
Callie H. Lambarth, Diane Reid, and Beth L. Green. North Douglas County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Phase 1 Planning Report. Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, Portland State University (2016)