A community assessment presentation was given Wednesday for the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners.

The assessment gives a comprehensive look at health and wellness indicators for the county. It gathered information from multiple reports and surveys on various areas including drug and alcohol use, chronic disease, access to healthcare, education and crime.

Steven Blakesley, health promotion specialist, Janet Evans, juvenile department director and Jill Quackenbush, prevention supervisor on the Clatsop County Community Assessment, presented the data.  

They said it will help guide the county’s participation in the state’s transition from the Commissions on Children and Families to the new Early Childhood Councils designed to better coordinate services. The assessment will also be useful for health department accreditation and the state’s Coordinated Care Organization initiative.

In other business the board approved a contract with the Oregon Health Authority for outreach to those eligible for the Cover Oregon health insurance program. The county Public Health Department received a $76,436 grant to fund the outreach program. An agreement with the outreach provider, Judi Mahoney, is scheduled for action at the board’s Sept. 25 meeting.

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