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Jackson Care Connect grants support healthy beginnings, healthy living and health equity

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson Care Connect has announced $200,000 in grant awards to organizations in Jackson County that serve the community. The programs selected for funding this year include residential treatment for new and expectant mothers, free in-home safety evaluations and a coffee shop that supports recovery.

Jackson Care Connect, a Coordinated Care Organization providing care for Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Jackson County, made these awards through the Community Health Improvements Plan (CHIP) grant program. Grant awards are made to non-profit organizations for projects that address the underlying conditions of the community’s health in Jackson County.

The Jackson Care Connect Community Advisory Council, which is made up of Jackson Care Connect members and other community stakeholders, oversees the selection of the grants. They chose the programs that best addressed the community’s needs and serve the CHIP priorities of healthy beginnings, healthy living and health equity.

“The grant proposals this year were quite good,” says Craig Newton, a member of the Community Advisory Council. “These local organizations do an outstanding job of fulfilling their individual missions, and they are helping our community become a better place.”

The 2018 grant awards are:

Addictions Recovery Center: $30,000

Project: Residential treatment program for new and expectant mothers

Description: This substance use disorder treatment program helps fill a gap in the community’s continuum of care. Funds will help cover costs of equipment, supplies and staff training.

Age Friendly Innovators: $20,000

Project: “Grandma’s Porch” home safety assessments

Description: This project provides home safety assessments, improvements and installation of safety equipment for older adults on limited incomes and for disabled adults of all ages.

Head Start – Southern Oregon Child & Family Council (SOCFC): $30,000

Project: Health literacy training

Description: The SOCFC will provide health literacy training for parents, with an emphasis on families who are experiencing poverty or homelessness, who have special needs, or who are dual language learners. 

Jackson Elementary: $10,000

Project: Ready for Kinder Home Visiting program

Description: Home visiting helps address school readiness for kindergarten-age students, with the goal of eliminating the disparities in equity and access for some of the community’s most vulnerable children.

NOWIA Unete, Center for Farm Worker Advocacy: $20,000

Project: Familias Sanas (Healthy Families)

Description: This program expands existing educational programming to incorporate educational classes for youth, focusing on healthy eating and food preparation, environmental concerns and traditional Latino culture. 

Reclaiming Lives: $10,000

Project: Recovery Café

Description: The Recovery Café will provide long-term sobriety and personal growth support to people seeking a life free from drugs, alcohol and other destructive behaviors. The project focuses on reducing social isolation and building community within a coffee shop environment.

Siskiyou Community Health Center: $30,000

Project: Project Baby Check

This program offers free and voluntary home visiting to at-risk families to monitor child development, teach parents positive parenting skills, monitor home safety and help families connect to medical care and community services.

Southern Oregon University Youth Programs (SOUYP): $20,000

Project: Latino Pathways Enhancement Project

Description: SOUYP will serve 120 new participants through the Latino Pathways Expansion Project, which helps prepare Latino students for high school success and college readiness through academic support, mentorship and family support.

Spartan Boxing Club: $30,000

Project: STEER (Staffing To Expand Earned Revenue)

Description: This project will provide funds to hire an additional staff member to serve as a mentor and coach to at-risk and underserved youth, and to provide administrative support to this growing organization, which helps youth learn the value of healthy, constructive exercise.

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