County awards $216,000 in grants to improve health-related quality of life

From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4370

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County’s Public Health Division announced 12 awardees for grant funding totaling $216,000 to further the goals of the Blueprint for a Healthy Clackamas County.

The Blueprint for a Healthy Clackamas County is the county’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for helping to coordinate, connect and align priorities for collective partnerships that improve the health and quality of life for area residents. Clackamas County’s Public Health Division developed a CHIP as required by state and federal law for accreditation. The Blueprint Grants provide support for community-led health-based programs to reduce poverty, raise awareness, and develop a long-term strategy to ensure a healthier Clackamas County.

Funding for the Blueprint Grants comes from the county’s general fund. Additionally, the United Way provided $40,000 to Clackamas County to support the work of reducing poverty and improving health outcomes for the county’s children and families. United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s investment supports a partnership where businesses, individuals, and government come together to increase healthy solutions that are born of the community.

“We are excited to announce this year’s Blueprint Grant awards and look forward to the implementation of the projects that increase equitable access to resources, opportunities and environments that maximize the health of our communities,” said Dawn Emerick, Clackamas County’s Public Health Director. “Our partnership with United Way demonstrates the county’s commitment to leveraging Public, Private Partnerships to build stronger public health systems, improvements in health equity and better quality of life.”

Projects will focus on one or more of the following goals:

  • Access to Health Care & Human Services
  • Culture of Health
  • Healthy Behaviors

Blueprint for a Healthy Clackamas County Community Grant Awards FY2018/19

Organization Amount Project Description Health Equity Zone
AntFarm $8,890 Teach, support, and engage community members in healthy choices. Oregon Trail
Clackamas County Children’s Commission $18,121 Partner with Oregon Food Bank to build school pantries at Canby and Sandy Head Start and host monthly free food market at Barlow Center. Canby, Oregon Trail
Clackamas Service Center $10,000 Expand capacity to align service providers and reduce barriers to program access for houseless. North Clackamas
Growing Gardens $12,930 Provide home gardening resources in English/Spanish to low-income households. North Clackamas, Oregon City
Gladstone Food Pantry $20,000 Increase local access to healthy food and care-coordination. Gladstone, North Clackamas, Oregon City
Molalla Communities That Care $21,889 Deliver culturally relevant emergency preparedness information to Spanish residents. Molalla River
Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) $7,500 Support youth in maintaining stable housing and connection to services. Oregon City
Northwest Family Services $14,117 Assist Latin community in diabetes prevention. Canby, Gladstone, North Clackamas, Oregon City
Oregon Food Bank $19,500 Pilot free food market and culturally responsive food distribution. Colton
Oregon Trail School District $50,000 Create a fitness center at Cedar Ridge Middle School. Oregon Trail
Project Access NOW $20,000 Connect and align services and provider for individuals and families living with dual diagnosis of diabetes and behavioral health conditions. Gladstone, North Clackamas, Oregon City
Todos Juntos $13,053 Introduce nutritional and physical activity utilizing the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) in six rural schools. Canby, Estacada, Molalla River, Oregon Trail
Total Grant Award Funding: $216,000    

For more information about the Blueprint Grants, which replaces the county’s previous Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Grants, go to https://clackamas.us/publichealth/blueprint.  

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Gari Johnson at gjohnson2@clackamas.us or 503-742-4370.