UCo health readies community health plan

By on Friday, June 17th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

UMATILLA COUNTY – There’s much more to public health than the pandemic. Community Health Supervisor Morgan Linder and her team have spent a considerable amount of time considering how to help county residents become healthier. They and their partners have set up the areas of primary concern.

“We just went through the process of determining those with our community partners from hospitals and businesses in the community,” she said.

They are now putting the finishing touches on a five-year community health improvement plan.

“We selected behavioral and mental health, housing and homelessness, senior care, maternal and child health, and obesity and chronic disease,” Linder said.

Linder said the team and its partners are working on setting up ways to measure progress once the five-year plan is activated. Meanwhile, the community health team already has a number of ways to help people with addictions. Those include tobacco, opioids, and gambling.