Volume XVIII | Issue 2 | Spring 2018
Cover Story

When a child’s needs are not met, consequences can last a lifetime

Teachers see it all too often: a young child melting down and reacting inappropriately — even violently — to everyday occurrences such as being told to put his or her toy away.

Some would see the episode as a result of the child making bad choices, and opt for punishment. Mental health specialists see it differently — as a matter of brain chemistry that requires outside intervention for the entire family.

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Focus on infant and child mental health

Teachers see it all too often: a young child melting down and reacting inappropriately — even violently — to everyday occurrences such as being told to put his or her toy away. Some would see the...  Read More

Credentialing system for rural professionals

Oregon recently joined 25 other states in offering an infant mental health endorsement for professionals. The certification is funded in part by Oregon Health Authority’s Maternal and Child Health...  Read More

Educational leadership

When The Ford Family Foundation offered county school district superintendents the use of its conference center for their monthly meeting, Michael Lasher eagerly accepted.  “It was a new venue for...  Read More

Career follows a roundabout path

Judy Cornish was a divorced mother of three children and an immigrant from Canada when a friend talked her into registering for community college in Coos Bay.  “I had just gotten out of an abusive...  Read More

Art show spotlights Oregon

Nine Oregon artists got a delicious bite of the Big Apple recently, with an Oregon-only exhibition of their work at New York’s CANADA gallery. It is the first time an exhibition consisting solely of...  Read More

Catalog of D.E. May art published

The Ford Family Foundation has supported the publication of numerous catalogs since the inception of the Visual Arts program in 2010. “Most catalogs are produced in association with a specific...  Read More

Happy Camp: Builds on rich history

Happy Camp, California, is a remote community of about 1,200 people, nestled at the base of the Marble Mountains on the banks of the Klamath River. The nearest population centers are Yreka, about 70...  Read More

Oregon Student Success Center

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...  Read More

Shifting the focus to rural

Economic development is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Rural areas in particular face challenges and situations not replicated in urban areas, but even within those regions, needs are different...  Read More

Childhood adversities

Readers are immediately drawn into Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s new book, The Deepest Well, with a compelling account of a 43-year-old man who is suffering a stroke. He’s young and healthy, and doctors...  Read More

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