In addition to direct services for families, Healthy Start of Southern Oregon convenes the Perinatal Task Force, which is a collective impact group focused on improving health outcomes for our communities by centering on the perinatal period — before, during, and after pregnancy.

What is Perinatal?

The Perinatal Period is the timeframe before, during, and after pregnancy.

Any time before a pregnacy occurs


Women who are currently pregnant


Women who are 0-6 months post pregnancy


Families who have children 0-24 months of age

Our Mission

To improve knowledge, behaviors, and systems of care for women, teens, children, and families in Douglas and Josephine Counties through cross-sector Perinatal Task Forces.

Our Vision

Enhanced overall well-being and improved health outcomes of women, teens, children, and families – before, during, and after pregnancy.

Networking Options

The Task Force brings people together in Josephine and Douglas Counties, and provides networking opportunities for those involved in perinatal health to learn about new projects benefiting their communities. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming events.
Perinatal Task Force Networking Options

“I feel supported, through and through. I have resources and someone to call always if my husband and I have questions.”


– Jill Rutherford

Community Task Force Goals

Perinatal Task Force Training

Our goals are set collaboratively, and are guided by Perinatal Task Force members, community partners, and Healthy Start staff. They include:

  • Develop & use a collective impact network
  • Increase service coordination and systems integration
  • Promote community engagement and cross-sector collaboration
  • Offer trainings and community events related to infant and maternal health
  • Improve awareness of health equity and the social determinants of health

How We Accomplish our Goals

The Perinatal Task Force is a collective impact group. Collective impact is a movement that relies on local partnerships to solve complex problems that communities face. The health of families is a complex problem, as it relies on many different types of organizations from many sectors to ensure that all families’ needs in our communities are being met.

Our work is informed by and guided by local data collected by the Healthy Start program and partnering agencies. HCCSO staff support the administrative needs of the group, including:

  • Community engagement through events and listening sessions
  • Networking and information sharing meetings
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Work groups that enact projects proposed by the Task Force
  • Alignment with community, state, and national efforts in maternal and child health
  • View our 2023 Strategic Map pdf
  • View our 2024 Strategic Map pdf
Perinatal Task Force Goals

How to Join the PNTF

Interested in being a part of the Perinatal Task Force? Please reach out to us for more information.