Stay Safe this Season.

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The preliminary applications are due Dec 1, 2020! The one-page application is pretty simple and there will be time to 'edit' your application during the review process. Please consider submitting your application. The applications are open to ANY organization and funds can be used in almost anyway that meets the CHIP guidelines.

Applications Open: 2021-2022 EOCCO Community Benefit Initiative Reinvestment Funds

The Malheur LCAC is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021-2022 EOCCO Community Benefit Initiative Reinvestment Funds. If your organization is interested in applying for these funds, please submit a completed application to Oceana Gonzales, LCAC Coordinator, no later than December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the LCAC subcommittee's decision no later than January 15, 2021 and funds will be distributed sometime in May 2021. Funds will need to be spent by March 15, 2022. For the 2021-2022 CBIR funding period, the total funds awarded to Malheur County are $125,000 (minus fiscal agent expenses and coordination fees). Please keep in mind that we strive to stretch these funds to as many community partners as possible each year, so please take that into consideration when determining the budget request. [Application] [Community Health Improvement Plan] [Grading Rubik]

If you have any questions regarding the CBIR Application or the process, please feel free to contact Jill Boyd at or 541-605-3721.

Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) is hosting three virtual listening sessions to gather input and feedback regarding the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Plan (CBHP) on Tuesday, December 1st for community members, partners, and guests. We will also be hosting the virtual meeting on Wednesday December 2nd for Spanish speaking community members, partners, and guests. [English] [Spanish]

The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach is now accepting referrals to provide “Holiday Connection Calls” to isolated older adults from ALL Oregon counties!

Trained Senior Peer Support Specialists provide weekly befriending phone calls to improve the emotional and physical well-being of Oregon Seniors (55+) who may be experiencing isolation, loneliness, depression or grief. Oregon Senior Peer Outreach has now expanded statewide to serve more of the many Oregon older adults who are suffering from COVID19 isolation. OSPO relies on trusted community partners and family members to identify older adults who will benefit from this friendly connection peer service.

Referrals of older adults who may benefit from the new Holiday Connection Calls service can be made by filling out the Referral Request form online at:

or by calling OSPO at: 1-833-736-4676 (1-833-SeniorOutreach)

Eastern Oregon Senior Winter Newsletter [Newsletter]

Informational Meeting and Developer Q&A: Two New Affordable Housing

Developments Coming to Ontario

Tuesday December 1, 2020

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MST

Virtual Event via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 943 2838 3611 Passcode: 4321

Join the development teams from Home First and Northwest Housing Alternatives as they discuss the Ontario Town homes and Ontario Affordable Housing/PCCC projects. These developments will be breaking ground in 2021 and will be bringing 126 new apartments homes to the community. Following presentations from each development team there will be time for questions. [Flyer]

Upcoming Valley Family Health Care COVID-19 testing dates,

all times are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Tomorrow, Friday, November 20 Bi-Mart PARKING LOT in Ontario (2283 SW 4th Ave)

  • Next Monday, November 23 Bi-Mart PARKING LOT in Ontario (2283 SW 4th Ave)

These VFHC tests are free and rapid!

Thermometer Request Form: The LCAC voted to purchase and distribute thermometers for businesses, agencies and providers who need them in order to operate under COVID-19 guidelines. The request form has been distributed and a copy is attached just in case you missed it! [Thermometer Application]

Annual Energy Assistance & Home Buyer Assistance: Community In Action has annual energy assistance available. Community In Action also has home buying assistance programs available. Both flyers are attached. [English] [Spanish] [Home Buyer Assistance]

Toys for Toys: Evualcree is accepting applications for Toys for Tots. [English] [Spanish]

Help Them To Hope:

Two programs that provide gifts to members of our community during the holidays.

Feel free to share this information with anyone needing assistance.

Please take note of the application deadlines! [Application for families]

Local Events

1st Annual November Bottle drive to Help the Drexel Foundation by donating your recyclable bottles & cans [Flyer]

This Holiday season, we all know it will be tight, but you can help the Drexel Foundation by participating in their 1st Annual November Bottle drive. It is simple just email or call the foundation office and our volunteers will come pick up your sacked up bottles & cans. We can also mail you our Blue fundraising bags. Contact, or call 541-473-3470.

The 2020 “BottleDrop Gives” program will match funds earned from November 15 to December 1st with a 20% match from BottleDrop. To help Drexel foundation’s sustainability program you can donate your cans, or also donate online with funds from your green bag bottledrop account. Who are they? Drexel Foundation provides Free multi-cultural & art programs in rural Eastern Oregon which enrich the lives of youth. Our core activities & programs include: August Art Camp & Talent Show, Teen Film Project, Crash Course in Film-making, Youth heritage tours, Children's Film Festival, Certificate of Achievement, Public Art by Youth Project, Art in the Park on Flag Day, and Drexel Formal Closet for free prom dresses. All programs are FREE to participants and provide opportunities for youth & families to learn performing and visual Art. Drexel programs build audiences, art appreciation and promote personal growth and community pride. The Drexel H. Foundation was originally created in the 1990’s to help preserve the Historic (1908 Drexel)Vale Hotel and 1 895Grand Opera House to create an art center in the Grand Opera House, and arts and residence in the Vale hotel thus, providing a building for the community to enjoy cultural events. This goal was expanded after the Board of Trustee’s saw the immediate need for the youth in this area to be exposed to cultural/artistic events. Since 1995, The Drexel H. Foundation has created multicultural events to serve the youth & families of rural Eastern Oregon and the Treasure Valley. To find out more go to, or check out their facebook /Instagram pages. Help the Drexel Foundation and bottle drop save the planet one bottle at a time.

WIC offers new Walk-in Wellness Clinic

Since we have been doing phone appointments since March, we haven’t been able to get measurements or hemoglobin checks for our families and are wanting to offer a walk-in day option for families to get screened for growth and anemia. We will also be offering all Health Department services when they come in, including flu shots, immunizations and consultations with home visiting nurses!

The event is also on our Malheur County Health Department Facebook page:

Thank you for sharing!

Hallie Hopkins, MS, RD

Malheur County WIC Office

Four Rivers Culture Center

Are you ready to delve into the heritage, ancestors, and traditions that make up your community? At Four Rivers Cultural Center we believe that when we make an active decision to explore our history and that of others, it doesn’t just connect us to our identity, it connects us to each other and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life. Help us strengthen these connections, to each other, to ourselves and to our roots by sharing your family’s history! It’s why we are asking you to Share your Heritage: what are the songs, stories, dances, traditions, recipes, arts and crafts, jewelry, and artifacts that make up your cultural identity? Share your Heritage and we’ll celebrate with you by posting it on our Facebook page! More than that, we’ll host an exhibit in the future to showcase the people and heritages that currently make up the region we live in — you’ll be getting an insiders look at the rich history of your neighbors! What Should I share? We are looking for variety! Art, recipes, stories, jewelry, traditions, or dances, make your submission in the format that makes the most sense for your heritage –take a photograph, submit a typed recipe, upload a video or even an audio file. Deadline is Dec. 18. [SHARE NOW ]

Classes & Trainings


Clases de inglés gratuitas presenciales

Days: Monday thru Thursday Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Días: de lunes a jueves Horario: 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm


• Registration is at the Oregon Trail Building, room 107F.

Please call ahead when you are coming to register.

La inscripción se realiza en el edificio Oregón Trail, salón 107F.

Por favor llame con anticipación cuando vaya a inscribirse.

• Registration takes approximately 2 hours

La inscripción demora aproximadamente 2 horas [Eng/Spa Flyer]

Parenting NOW: Building Healthy Families will host a virtual parenting class starting Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 at 7PM and will continue thru Jan 13, 2021. [Flyer]

Parent Cafes: Valley Family Health Care hosts Parent Cafes on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6PM. Registration with VFHC is required, contact Nuba Lazo for more information. [English] [Spanish]

SafeSitter Classes: Building Healthy Families hosts virtual SafeSitter classes for pre-teens eleven years and up. Registration is required to receive a Study Kit prior to class. Classes are held on Saturdays via Zoom from 10am to 3:30pm with a break for lunch. [Flyer]

OPEC Training Academy

Registration is open for the December trainings! Registration is required to attend the Training Academy live sessions – please forward this information to all your staff.

Self-care for Parenting Educators

Aoife Rose Magee, PhD, Trainer, Parenting Now & OPEC Hub Director, Parenting Success Network

Participants in this training will connect with others and consider the importance of self-care, why we need it and how it impacts our work with families. Elements of job stress and strategies to sustain ourselves, both personally and professionally, will be explored.

Tuesday, December 1 @10-11:30 am


Increasing Your Emotional Bandwidth: Strategies for Building Capacity and Resilience

Adrienne Henry, MS, Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University

This session will investigate universal needs behind our feelings of overwhelm and offer sustainable strategies for getting needs met in order to bolster our emotional reserves, building capacity and resilience in the face of stress. Participants will consolidate previous ideas about personal and professional self-reflective practice and test out a range of exercises designed to build their emotional bandwidth.

Tuesday, December 15 @10-11:15 am


OPEC Connect & Learn sessions

Join Zoom link:

No need to register, just join us on most Wednesdays @ 10-11:00 am

November 25 NO SESSION

December 2 Ideas de Auto Cuidado Para Reforzar la Resiliencia (en español) / Self-Care Ideas to Strengthen Resilience (in Spanish)

Lucy Beltran, Oregon Child Development Coalition

December 9 Parenting Education: A Foster Parent’s Perspective

Chelsea Reinhart & Trisha Foster, Oregon State University

December 16 Life Hacks for Emotional Intelligence: Boost Your Skills While Supporting Families

Shauna Tominey, Oregon State University

December 23 NO SESSION

December 30 NO SESSION

Health Matters

Innovator Agent Bulletin – 11/20/20

New Items:

A. CCO Tribal Liaison Contact List

Contact: Tom Cogswell (

Request: Please review the attached CCO tribal liaison contact list (originally created in June 2020) and update with new contact information, where relevant by 11/30. [Contact List]

B. (TC) QI Training + Technical Assistance for Primary Care Diabetes Control and Dental Care for Patients with Diabetes 12/3, 1/28 & 3/11

Contact: or Laura Ferrara (971-413-9585)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

One half-day virtual training on December 3 January 28th or March 11th plus an additional 5 hours for individually tailored improvement support targeting poor HbA1C and oral health evaluation!

WHY: Despite advances in medical care, the number of people with diabetes in Oregon has more than doubled over the last 20 years, and total medical costs for the disease are over $3 billion per year in Oregon. Clinical quality improvements have been shown to enhance outcomes for people with diabetes, and prevent others from developing the disease. These improvements can boost performance on diabetes related quality incentive metrics.

FORMAT: Clinic teams will select and develop quality improvement interventions targeting the diabetes control and dental care for patients with type II diabetes through 1) virtual training, and 2) individually tailored technical assistance from ORPRN practice facilitators.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: For RNs, lead MAs, clinic managers, quality improvement staff and others interested in quality improvement for type II diabetes patient management/ improving HBA1C poor control.

There are many benefits to participation! Participants will learn to:

• Measurably improve performance on diabetes-related quality incentive metrics

• Better support patients at high-risk for COVID-19 complications (e.g. people with type II diabetes)

• Align efforts with telemedicine care for diabetes during COVID-19

• Increase clinical efficiency and impact by aligning systems and workflows

• Use new knowledge, skills and tools in quality improvement techniques that can be applied to

multiple topics and incentive metrics beyond diabetes control/ HBA1C poor control

Support will be tailored to the needs and interests of each clinic using the identify, assess, action, review framework and could include:

• Identifying gaps in current measure performance

• Developing strategies to address gaps

• Creating improvement targets

• Training and consensus on approaches for providers and staff

• Implementing evidence-based workflows

• Engaging and educating patients

C. (TC) New Marketing Materials Available for use in Promoting Well-Child and Preventive Dental Visits

Contact: Bhagavati Mullock (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Based on CCO feedback in prior needs assessments, Bring Communications has developed marketing assets for CCOs to use for promoting well-child (including childhood immunizations) and preventive dental visits. Our goal has been to create a set of tools that all CCOs can easily use to reach out to members and encourage them to make these important appointments for their children. The materials include a brochure, social media assets, advertising assets and more. All materials are available in English and Spanish.

D. Open At-Large Position for Metrics & Scoring Committee

Contact: Sara Kleinschmit (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

The Metrics & Scoring Committee currently has a vacant at-large position. OHA is hoping to fill this position with a member or member representative/someone from a community-based organization who will represent the interests of members and marginalized populations.

  • This person will need to be comfortable voicing their opinions and working with other members of the Committee, who are well versed in medical and analytics subjects.

  • It is a relatively small committee (9 members) who come from varying health system roles, including providers, policy makers, and researchers.

  • Members do not always agree with one another, but conversations are respectful.

  • The Committee and its decisions receive a lot of public attention. OHA would like applicants to be aware of the dynamics and attention their decisions will receive.

  • A person who has lived experience would be valuable to the Committee.

The general application form is here:

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