JOHN DAY – Local health officials and medical providers are joining together to launch Healthy Together, a project aimed at improving health awareness and education in Grant County.
Kimberly Lindsay, executive director of Community Counseling Solutions, announced the project last week.
The project will offer free monthly informational events for the community, as well as group activities encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
The effort is funded by the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, which has awarded $1.6 million in grants for projects throughout Eastern Oregon to promote better health, better care and lower costs for Oregon Health Plan members and their communities.
The grants encourage collaboration between caregivers and community partners. Groups have a year to work on their projects, with evaluation by the Oregon Health Sciences University during that time.
Lindsay is overseeing the Healthy Together grant.
Individuals working on the project include Dr. Andrew Janssen of Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic; Karen Triplett, nurse practitioner at the Grant County Health Department; Linda Watson, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.; Lindsay Madden, family nurse practitioner and county health department manager; and Mindy Stinnett, registered nurse and Strawberry clinic manager. Other partners include Blue Mountain Hospital, dental providers, Department of Human Services, Families First, OSU Extension, Heart of Grant County, Grant County Safe Communities Coalition and Grant School District No. 3.
For more information, contact project coordinator Kathy Cancilla, 541-620-8261.