The Pear Blossom Mayor’s Cup run is a one and two mile competition among
students, families and friends from 22 elementary schools in Jackson County.
Last year, only three students from Medford’s Roosevelt Elementary School
entered the run. This year there are 29 and the number is growing thanks to a
partnership between Roosevelt Elementary, Jackson Care Connect and the
Mayor’s Cup race director.
Roosevelt fourth grade teachers Barbara Culver and Karen Cooper wanted to
increase participation. They talked with Mayor’s Cup Race Director Jeni Beck,
who brought Heidi Hill into the conversation.
Heidi is the community engagement manager for Jackson Care Connect, a
Coordinated Care Organization. “When Barbara and Jeni explained that
transportation is an issue for many of Roosevelt’s kids because more than half of
the families don’t own cars, I knew there was something that Jackson Care
Connect could do,” Heidi explained.
Coordinated Care Organizations like Jackson Care Connect, play a unique role
in community health care. In addition to coordinating physical, dental and mental
health care for Oregon Health Plan members (Medicaid), they are encouraged to
innovate in ways that can lead to healthier communities.
“One way we can do this is by helping to eliminate barriers like lack of
transportation to access healthy activities,” Heidi said.
Jackson Care Connect has hired a school bus to take all of the kids, families and
neighbors from the Roosevelt neighborhood to and from the race.
“These kids have so much spirit,” Jeni said. “It’s great to see so many from
Roosevelt participating in the Mayor’s Cup.”
Pear Blossom Mayor’s Cup Race Schedule
Saturday, April 11, 2015
- 7:30 am – Mayor’s Cup school awards at the steps of the Justice Building
- 7:50 am – Mayor’s Cup 1 Mile start next to the Justice Building on 8th
- 8:30 am – Mayor’s Cup 2 Mile start next to the Justice Building on 8th
- For more information about this story, contact Cheryl French.
- For media inquiries about Jackson Care Connect, contact Jeanie
Lunsford, 503-416-3626 or email@example.com.