The ultimate beneficiaries of the collaboration fostered by the monthly Douglas County gatherings are the children served by participating organizations. Photo: Roseburg Tracker
Volume | Issue | 2022
Cover Story

It started with breakfast

Life can be challenging for children who live with chronic health conditions. When they also experience adverse family or community circumstances — poverty, foster care, substance abuse or the death of a parent — their chances of thriving decline dramatically. Child advocates and researchers have given this combination of medical and social challenges a name: health complexity.

In Douglas County, 4,262 children and youth — 28% of the under-21 population — experience health complexity, according to data analysis by Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership.

Yet many organizations serving medical, mental and behavioral health needs in rural areas of Oregon like Douglas County do not have the resources they need to adequately provide care for these children. The lack of affordable, accessible options for care means children and youth are in precarious circumstances.

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