Children and families receive critical support through 2017 Community Health Improvement Project grants

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson Care Connect announces $282,000 in grant awards to organizations in Jackson County that serve the community. The programs selected for funding this year include expanded outreach to homeless Latino youth; a mentoring program that pairs new parents with volunteer “grandparents”; and projects designed to help children and families who are overcoming obstacles such as trauma, abuse and poverty.

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 with projects that address the underlying conditions affecting the health of Jackson Care Connect members and the community.

The 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.

Council member Don Bruland said the selection this year was “very challenging. There were a number of excellent and important projects that need funding.”

“We have taken our role very seriously,” he says. This year’s funding includes projects that address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which are stressful or traumatic events that can have a lifelong impact on physical health. Bruland says, “the education we’ve received about trauma-informed-care and ACEs show that these programs we are funding can change the course of a person’s life. As a health organization, that’s essential to what we’re about.”

Twenty applications were submitted during this cycle. The 2017 grant awards are:

Child Care Resource Network

Project: Let’s Go! - Promoting health and fitness in early learning programs; Amount: $49,541

Let’s Go! addresses childhood obesity, lack of physical fitness and excess screen time. It helps families adopt healthy habits and provides resources for service providers and teachers.

Children’s Advocacy Center

Project: Treatment program for children with problematic sexual behaviors; Amount: $26,500

The Children’s Advocacy Center will develop guidelines for a new collaborative approach to the treatment of Jackson County children with unhealthy sexual behaviors.


Family Nurturing Center

Project: Early Therapeutic Classrooms; Amount: $50,000

This project addresses adverse childhood experiences by enhancing the Center’s therapeutic early education programs with a family “learning lab.” It also supports the professional development of educators as social workers.



Project: Grandmas2Go Rogue Valley Launch; Amount: $10,000

Coaches match pregnant women and new parents with trained volunteers who mentor, nurture and support families during critical years of child brain growth — pregnancy to preschool.


Project Name: The Bus is Us; Amount: $10,000

Participants attend a wide array of early learning activities that promote healthy socio-emotional development, brain growth and more. Highest risk participants are provided transportation.


Kids Unlimited

Project: Trauma-informed care and interventions within Kids Unlimited Academy; Amount: $36,888

Kids Unlimited Academy will hire a bilingual/bicultural Skills Trainer/Case Manager to help provide high-risk students with social skills training and structured case management.


Maslow Project

Project: Expanding access for homeless Latino youth and families; Amount: $25,000

This project expands outreach to Latino youth, with a focus on connecting clients to housing options, legal aid, emergency support and medical referrals.


Rose Circle Mentoring Network

Project: Youth Mentoring; Amount: $25,000

Rose Circle Mentoring Network will increase quality mentoring for at-risk youth in the Rogue Valley using mentors with diverse experiences, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.


Table Rock Elementary and Rogue Community Health

Project: Trauma-Focused Skills; Amount: $50,000

This project supports Table Rock Elementary’s efforts to become a trauma-informed school for students and staff. This school will employ a part-time staff member who will work with the Rogue Community Health School Based Health Center.


For information about Jackson Care Connect, contact Jeanie Lunsford, 503-416-3626,

For information about this story, contact Sara King Cole, Communications Consultant, 541-601-9011,

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