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Registration Open for Quarterly NEON Trainings Understanding Social Determinants of Health Health outcomes are closely tied to race, gender and class - even your zip code can predict how healthy you will be in the long run. Learn what factors influence health and life expectancy and explore ways we can make a difference at the individual, organizational, community and governmental level. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PST $25.00 3 CEUs Click here for more information and registration. What to Do When You're Having a Baby: Train the Trainer This course will use materials from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement's What to Do for Health series and is geared toward Traditional Health Workers, home visitors and other professionals working with expecting parents or individuals planning to become pregnant. By the end of this course, participants will be equipped to deliver an overview on the content of the book and how to navigate prenatal care in a one-on-one or group format. Friday, August 20, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PST $35.00 3 CEUs Click here for more information and registration.

Thriving Children and Families: Prevention with Purpose National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. We are the stewards of the next generation. We know that our ability to raise healthy children who will lead tomorrow's communities requires smart and innovative thinking today. Children are shaped by their earliest experiences and relationships. Creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for Oregon's children allows health brain development and promotes lifelong learning and success. Protective factors help families thrive. In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, make the commitment to explore new ideas to strengthen children and families. #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #ThrivingFamilies For more information, click here.

Medicaid Expansion Underway for COFA Pacific Islanders On December 28th, Congress restored full Medicaid eligibility for community members from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau (COFA Nations) residing in the United States. COFA Pacific Islanders that are actively enrolled in emergency-only Medicaid will be automatically updated in the system to have Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Medicaid benefits. Others that meet Medicaid eligibility criteria can also apply and access full medical coverage. The NEON team is ready to help address questions and offer assistance to individuals and families that are experiencing these changes or would like to apply.

American Rescue Plan and the Health Insurance Marketplace The health insurance COVID-19 special enrollment period is currently underway and has been extended to August 15th. You can now review options at HealthCare.gov and select the health plan that is the best fit for you and your family, or shop plans if you're already enrolled. The American Rescue Plan also adds big savings for Americans who buy health insurance through the Marketplace. It expands access to premium tax credits and increases the amount of premium tax credits that people can receive to make their health insurance more affordable. The plan: Removes income limits for premiums tax credit eligibility

  • Sets maximum premium contribution to 8.5 percent of household income for eligible enrollees

  • Gives additional financial assistance to people who are eligible for or receiving at least one week of unemployment benefits in 2021

  • Forgives excess premium tax credits given in 2020, and

  • Provides COBRA premium subsidies through September 30th

At Northeast Oregon Network (NEON), we know that many Oregonians purchase their own health insurance, and we're ready to help consumers access these savings on their Marketplace plans. Overwhelmed? Have questions? NEON can assist you for free while you select the right plan to meet your budget and health needs. Call us today to find out more! Union/Baker: (541) 624-5101 Wallowa: (541) 398-2539 To preview coverage options and savings, visit OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop.

Contact Us! Union/Baker/Wallowa County Health Insurance Enrollment/Renewal Teresa Aguilera: taguilera@neonoregon.org English, Spanish Wallowa County Insurance Enrollment/Renewal Vixen Radford-Wecks: vradford@neonoregon.org NEON Pathways Community Hub Stephanie Anthony: santhony@neonoregon.org Training and Consulting Program Inquiries Connie Sherrard: csherrard@neonoregon.org Reach our other staff: www.neonoregon.org/meet-the-staff

About Northeast Oregon Network A 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare collaborative originally serving Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties, recently expanded into Umatilla and Malheur Counties. NEON launched in 2004 from a group that recognized the value of community collaboration in ensuring the health of local residents. We partner with communities to ensure all people in our region are healthy, happy and thriving.

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