It’s not often that we are pleasantly surprised, but the CARES Northwest staff and management were indeed surprised by the very generous donation that OHSU nurses made to the organization. As a pediatric nurse practitioner at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital as well as CARES Northwest, I was personally elated by this generous gift!
More importantly, I was inspired that this community of nurses — who give of themselves daily, nurturing and caring for others — saw the value of the services provided by CARES Northwest.
The gift will help pay for medical evaluations for children who may be victims of child abuse or neglect and will support our community’s coordinated response to child abuse. By helping to fund these evaluations, CARES Northwest can work to minimize the trauma child abuse victims experience by ensuring these children have access to caring experts with specialized training in assessing and responding to child abuse and neglect.
In addition, the OHSU nurses’ gift will help to support CARES Northwest’s community child abuse prevention efforts, which includes programs that aim to prevent the sexual and physical abuse of children.
The goal of all services offered by CARES Northwest is to give children an opportunity to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.
On behalf of the CARES Northwest directors, staff, and volunteers, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and every OHSU Nurse for their generous donation to CARES Northwest. This gift will make a difference to some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens!
Following are some quick facts about CARES Northwest (CNW):
- CNW is the only child abuse medical program serving Multnomah and Washington counties.
- CNW sees an average of six children each day in our outpatient clinic, and triage almost twice that many referrals.
- More than two-thirds of the children we see are underinsured, or have no insurance.
- CNW believes all children should have access to an expert medical evaluation when someone is concern they have been abused, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.