Volume XX | Issue 2 | Fall 2020
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Virus pandemic tests community resilience

We started researching the stories for this edition of Community Vitality in the summer of 2020. It was clear then that our nation and our region were experiencing an unprecedented combination of health, economic and racial crises, but we had no idea how long it would last and how much it would affect us. We have experienced tragic loss of life, social and political unrest, and a recession that has deprived millions of stable incomes. And, now, as we go to press on this issue, our region is being devastated by the most catastrophic wildfires we have ever seen. 

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Virus pandemic tests community resilience

We started researching the stories for this edition of Community Vitality in the summer of 2020. It was clear then that our nation and our region were experiencing an unprecedented combination of...  Read More

Education expands its role

When COVID-19 emptied classrooms in Oregon schools last spring, it highlighted the critical role schools play — not just in education but in the community. Besides providing remote instruction,...  Read More

Resilience: leaning in to recovery after a disaster

It is Josh Bruce’s job to plan for the worst. As program director of the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, Bruce and his University of Oregon team help communities all across Oregon prepare...  Read More

Not enough care: Oregon is a child care desert

If you have young children in Oregon, it doesn’t matter if you live in the mountains or the coast, chances are you are living in a desert — a child care desert. Defined as an area where there is only...  Read More

Scholar played key role in public health

As one of the top leaders for the state of California’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ford Scholar Charity Dean, M.D., is a study in success. As she regularly shares with new Ford Scholars...  Read More

Vaccine trial comes to rural Oregon

Inside the offices of the Clinical Research Institute of Southern Oregon, Dr. Edward Kerwin and his staff are part of the race to save the world. Kerwin was tapped in the spring to lead one of the...  Read More

Virus hits food-processing sites hard

It is harvest time in the Hood River Valley, and orchardist Erin Roby is busy getting crews geared up for the eight-week picking season on her family’s 330 acres of pears. With the emergence of COVID...  Read More

Rush to online

When schools across Oregon went virtual last March in the wake of the pandemic, rural areas faced a special problem: Geographic and economic limitations meant many households had limited or no access...  Read More

Innovative approaches

Challenging times often bring out the best in people, as they respond to the needs in their communities. Here are three of the many stories that surfaced as businesses, neighborhoods and regions...  Read More

Connections pay off

How has community-building enabled communities to respond to COVID-19? That’s the question the Ford Institute for Community Building set out to answer, some four months after the pandemic hit Oregon...  Read More

Artists from Chiloquin, Eugene, Portland honored

A jury of five arts professionals from within and outside of Oregon selected Natalie Ball of Chiloquin, Iván Carmona of Portland, and Donald Morgan of Eugene as the 2020 Hallie Ford Fellows in the...  Read More

Kids making a difference

A bright, engaging book about a can-do young person, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez is a quick read with a lasting message: Even kids can make a difference. The rhyming picture book begins with a word...  Read More

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