What's new in our Liaison regions in Oregon:
- The Gorge: Thanks to the Project Assistance Program and our state-wide connections to academic collaborators and community partners, the Gorge will be working with Central Oregon's Perinatal Care Coordination to evaluate the use of postpartum doulas and lactation support as an extension of their care coordination model. This connection came through Chelsea, Laura and Sara in efforts to support the need to research postpartum doulas as an effective way to address postpartum mental health through maternal relief strategies. In response to COVID-19, Chelsea compiled a community resource list for her entire region that is listed on the www.gorgeimpact.com website. She also co-hosted a weekly series of COVID Rapid Response Zoom call where she organized panelists to present information on current services, resources, and information related to the weekly topics. Weekly topics included food security, housing, and finances. Information from these calls were added to the community resource list she created. For any questions or information contact Chelsea
- Central Oregon: Through the Project Assistance Program, Sara connected with A Smile for Kids (ASK), a statewide organization based in Redmond that provides equitable access to orthodontic care to improve self-confidence, health and resilience of underserved youth. In collaboration with OCTRI Evaluation Core and the OHSU School of Community Dentistry we are working with ASK to create an evaluation plan for their program. In July, Sara was invited to serve as a panelist for ASK's webinar on Equity in Orthodontics and to participate in a discussion about the organization's transition to a data-driven and research-based organization. Check out the new Central Oregon Health Data website. This data platform is completely free and open to the public. For any questions or information contact Sara
- North Coast: In Clatsop County, the Community Health Advocacy and Resource Team (CHART) seized the opportunity for CHART's relevance during an emergency by implementing a Rapid Response Task Force which developed a Rapid Response Communication Plan. The key objectives of the Rapid Response Strategy are to connect, mobilize, and incubate. CHART is facilitating monthly Rapid Response Round Tables on different topics related to COVID-19 with 3-5 panelists sharing information. CHART is sending out weekly communication on one COVID-19 topic/issue/concern primarily focusing on including links to resources. Last year Steven and Kim worked with the OCTRI Evaluation Core as they used the Translational Science Benefits Model (TSBM) to develop a case study of Tillamook County Wellness. The TSBM is a framework developed by the CTSA hub at Washington University in St. Louis, used to demonstrate the real world impact of public health and clinical research projects. This summer the Tillamook County Wellness case study was published on the TSBM website. For any questions or information contact Steven
- South Coast: Growing Together is a community project that encourages children to eat more vegetables by helping them grow small vegetable box gardens. During the 2020 growing season, our primary goal was to study the effect of the program within a local first grade classroom. Sylvia and the Growing Together team were ready to go with all the growing supplies for 60 boxes when the study was abruptly curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic and all schools closed. A volunteer single-handedly built all 60 boxes and the Growing Together team filled the boxes with soil and delivered them to children's homes throughout the twin cities and Coos County. Twenty-four boxes went to children in foster care, 15 boxes went to families within North Bend Medical Center, 10 boxes went to families at the Boys and Girls Club, 5 boxes went to families from the study classroom at Blossom Gulch and 5 boxes went to other area families. Families picked up seeds and seedlings at the greenhouse at South Western Oregon Community College. In this time of social and economic upheaval, growing food close to the home has many advantages for nutrition, frugality, and social distancing. For any questions or information contact Sylvia
- Southern Oregon: NNACPE's Dr. Katie Martin is now leading a new virtual health block as an elective for OHSU Medical Students. Three blocks have been held this year, and the block will again be offered in 2021. Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACOE): Virtual Native Health Block. The goal of this block is not to become an expert on native health issues or on what it is like to be an AI/AN person, or to fully understand what all AI/AN patients experience in our system. Many of the problems that affect AI/AN patients are problems of social injustice, structural racism, and the resultant poverty rather than inherent genetic predisposition. Our hope is for this block is that it might be an entry into thinking more widely about a group of folks that do not get a lot of press time but suffer from health disparities driven by historical and present-day injustices that persist in our country and our systems of care. This elective will provide time to think, read, watch, listen, and experience writing, art, and music to help contextualize and deepen understanding of the cultural richness, resilience, and ongoing presence of AI/AN peoples in addition to learning about the health systems that care for AI/AN patients. Objectives: 1. To learn about the historical context and social underpinnings affecting the health of AI/AN populations nationwide 2. To gain an understanding of the current health system that cares for AI/AN patients in the United States. Expectations: This course has been created as an expression of our love for our people and a desire to tell a truer story about Indigenous health. While many courses focus on statistics and data, we believe that this requires context, and in many cases, this is not provided accurately or with real Indigenous people. We have curated content and tried to provide both historical and cultural context that starts to approach the rich network of Indigenous artists, authors, community members, and health care workers who think about this on a daily basis.
This course is meant to be relational and reflective, and we ask that students participate with a willingness to challenge their own knowledge and assumptions. It is also required that students participate in the WebEx discussion groups as part of this process, as we feel the relationship between the content, students, and Indigenous community members is at the root of addressing Native Health issues. For any questions or information contact Lynda