While our Southern Oregon community has so much to offer in terms of natural resources and community involvement, there’s still a great deal to accomplish when it comes to health disparities among populations in our region. Through the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon, we are working to bridge gaps between local programs by expanding our work through training, research, data distribution, collaboration, and grant management. When our local organizations link resources and band together, we are able to trace social and health issues to the source, and make a difference through collective impact.
Looking to the future of HCCSO and Southern Oregon, I believe it’s essential that we remember the work of health equity doesn’t have borders. We are ready to move ahead as a region and a state, and be a part of Oregon’s bigger picture as it relates to improving public health outcomes. We will continue to uplift, connect, and support the programs that bring so much value to our communities in the years ahead. Together, we can lead change for the better.
– Amy Thuren, Executive Director