SOUTHERN OREGON SUCCESS UPDATE
BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES IN OUR SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES
We are hearing this from every school district, and this article in the Medford Mail Tribune spells out some details. This is not just a problem in our region—the increase in classroom disturbances and the inability for children to self-regulate is happening across the country.
While the article does not go into depth on root causes, the work we’re doing in trauma, toxic stress, adversity and resilience points to the root causes. Children need to have safety, structure, nurturing and physical activity. One effective program is the PAX Good Behavior Game, now being used in most all of our local school districts. But this is a society-wide problem, and we have to go full out to address the root causes and make changes to help kids learn how to self-regulate and succeed.
That’s what the Southern Oregon Success collaboration is all about.
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT IS A VERY BIG DEAL
What do you see as the strengths and opportunities around the health of our community? What are the issues and services that are important to you? This is your chance to make your voice heard!
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance is conducting a regional Community Health Assessment (CHA) to understand the strengths, needs and challenges impacting health in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Many organizations, including hospitals, clinics, coordinated care organizations (CCOs), and public health departments, are working together to gather this information. The information collected will help guide planning and action to improve the health of residents who live, work and play in our community.
Please share your thoughts and suggestions about health-related concerns and services by completing the survey before July 3rd.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and can be exited and returned to later. It is available in English and Spanish. All responses are completely anonymous. There are no right or wrong answers; it’s your opinion that matters.
In addition, we need your help to be sure the whole community is represented in collecting this information. We ask you to forward this email and attached flyer to your colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbors to invite them to take the survey as well. Every voice is important!
You can learn more about the CHA process by visiting http://jeffersonregionalhealthalliance.org/CHA/.
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for participating in this survey,
Community Health Assessment Steering Committee
Addictions Recovery Center
- AllCare Health
- Jackson Care Connect
- Jackson County Health & Human Services – Public Health and Mental Health Divisions
- Josephine County Public Health
- La Clinica
- OnTrack Rogue Valley
- Options for Southern Oregon
- Oregon Health Authority
- OSU Extension Services
- PrimaryHealth of Josephine County
- Providence Health & Services
- Rogue Community Health
- Siskiyou Community Health Center
NEWS FROM ONTRACK ROGUE VALLEY:
OnTrack Rogue Valley’s main intake/reception offices in Medford have been beautifully refurbished and are now open to the public at 209 West Main Street. OnTrack accepts walk-in appointments at this location. Stop by, have a look and say hello!
OnTrack’s “Little Trackers” childcare facility was recently awarded five stars by Oregon’s QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System), becoming only the fifth non-government-run childcare center in Southern Oregon – and the only center in Medford – to receive the top-quality rating of five stars. In addition, “Little Trackers” is the only childcare center in Oregon that specializes in trauma care and has the QRIS five-star rating. There are currently spots available in the “Little Trackers” program. Call (541) 973-2235 for more information.
OnTrack’s Mom’s Program (also known as the HOME program) is fully operational and recently refurbished. This is a state-licensed, residential substance abuse program serving mothers and their children with a 29-bed capacity. The HOME program is designed specifically to preserve and strengthen the bond between a mother and her child, which can make the difference between a healthy, productive life, or a future of dysfunction and failure.
OnTrack’s Dad’s program serves a similar purpose and is celebrating a new location in the Lone Pine neighborhood. The Dad’s facility has room for up to ten Dads and their children to experience recovery and healing.
For more information, contact: Eddie Wallace at email@example.com
From the Ford Family Foundation Spring Newsletter
Volume XVIII | Issue 2 | Spring 2018
Oregon Student Success Center
Common strategies to help students
College can be a daunting experience. It is especially challenging for rural youth, who may be entering an unknown environment unprepared. Many rural youth are first-generation college students who are encountering new experiences unfamiliar to their parents and adult members of their support system. One recent report identified three major “tripwires” that impede post-secondary success for rural students: growing up in a low-income community, the hidden costs of preparing for and applying to college, and “college and career unreadiness,” or the perception that students are not adequately prepared for the challenges of college and career.
As a first-generation college student from a town of 200 in Iowa, Elizabeth Brand knows all of this first hand. Brand has spent the last 25 years — her entire professional career — in student affairs, seeking to make the transition easier for students.
“I get it, I understand a lot of the hurdles they go through,” Brand says. “I have a passion for our students and making sure they have the supports necessary to help get through this journey.”
As the executive director of the Oregon Student Success Center, Brand has high hopes of even greater success for the state’s community college students. The Oregon Student Success Center, now in its second year, provides a mechanism for the state’s community colleges to convene learning opportunities and work together on common strategies that improve student success. The Center is housed in the Oregon Community College Association, with financial support from The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation.
For example, in the wake of recent events such as school shootings and uncertainty over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), educators wanted to address ways of treating students who were feeling unsafe or vulnerable. The Center contracted with REL Northwest to create a postsecondary guide for trauma-informed education, and then convened faculty from across the state for hands-on training. Workshop materials are now available on the Center site.
“A lot of things we do in administration puts up a lot of barriers and we don’t mean to, we don’t realize it,” Brand says. The Center can help figure out what’s working and help colleges do better for students.
The Center is also helping facilitate a discussion by community college leaders about implementing multiple measures for placement, so that standardized tests are not the only way students are placed into classes. This is especially important for community college students, who may be several years out of school. Standardized tests often underplace these students, discouraging them and potentially adding terms to their community college education. With multiple measures, students are placed in college courses based on a variety of indicators, including assessments, high school courses and GPAs.
“Some colleges have fully implemented this, and we hope we can get others to make it a widespread practice across the state,” Brand says.
A major initiative coming from the Center in the near future is called Guided Pathways, which provides community college students with a clearly structured road to their academic goals. Colleges do this by redesigning their offerings to simplify students’ decisions, and offering built-in progress monitoring, feedback and support at each step along the way. Instead of a college offering 140 majors, for example, a school could condense them into five groups, with career counseling that starts when the student starts school.
This spring, five community colleges will launch Guided Pathways at their institutions, participating in a two-year educational process facilitated by the Oregon Student Success Center. Support from The Ford Family Foundation will allow colleges to participate free of charge, including a small stipend to help with expenses.
A second group of colleges will launch their Guided Pathways work in 2019, and by the end of 2021, Brand hopes to have 13 of the 17 community colleges in the state engaged.
For a detailed list of regional resources in health care, mental health care, human services, workforce development and other sectors, please visit thecommunity resources pages at SOUTHERN OREGON SUCCESS.
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