The Way to Wellville Promotes and 

Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles in 

Clatsop County

Introducing The Way to Wellville

Our goal is to build networks through community organizing to increase access to and use of beneficial services, activities and resources to improve the health of Clatsop County residents. The following four focus areas were determined to have the greatest community benefit. Explore each category by moving your cursor over the interactive icons to learn more about the programs.

Community Wellness
Economic Opportunity
Emotional Health
Health Care Access

Featured Story

  • Site sought for opioid treatment program

    Sep 17, 2018

    By Sue Cody 

     Recovering from a substance use disorder is hard enough without having to travel far from home and disrupting home and work schedules.

    Last year, 90 people covered by the Oregon Health Plan traveled from Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties for methadone treatment in the Portland area, says Leslie Ford, director of Clinical Innovation at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc (GOBHI). The cost of travel was eight times greater than the cost of treatment. Travel time also interferes with holding down a job, Ford says.

    To make it easier for people on the North Coast, local health care administrators are searching Clatsop County for a site to house an opioid treatment program.

    Center would expand treatment options

    Research shows the best model of recovery from substance use disorders is Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The “whole person” approach includes FDA-approved medication, counseling and behavioral therapies.

    Andrew Mendenhall“Use of MAT with proper counseling is often quicker and longer-lasting than many other recovery strategies,” says Dr. Andrew Mendenhall, senior medical director at Central City Concern in Portland.

    A study following a cohort for one year showed fewer relapses among those receiving MAT, says Ford: a 25 percent relapse rate compared to 91 percent for patients who did not receive MAT. “That is how potent MAT is,” Ford says.

    “We have a number of treatment options in our toolbox to treat the physiology in the brain that has been altered by addiction,” says Ford. Some patients respond to Suboxone or Vivitrol, while others respond better to methadone.

    Local center sought

    A center in Clatsop County would serve the three counties covered by the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, which serves OHP members in Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties.

    Columbia Pacific CCO would underwrite the program, to be run by CODA, an established drug treatment program.

    Ford says they are looking for a site that would serve up to 125 people, perhaps with the possibility for expansion.

    The proposed local treatment center would expand capacity and offer MAT.

    “We want to offer appropriate treatment close to home,” says Ford.

What's New 


Put a spark back in your life:
Get out and exercise!

The Way to Wellville is working with small businesses to create Work Place Wellness Programs. One of these programs is our Way to Wellville Activity Card. If your small business is interested in starting a Work Place Wellness Program please contact us at

The Activity card is a way to help employees find what kind of exercise might work for them. We have partnered with local businesses, agencies and parks to get you started for FREE. Below are examples of what activities you can try for free here in Clatsop County. 

Front Copy of FInal Card
Final Picture of Card Back

Who We Are

  • Our Strategic Council

    Way to Wellville is supported in Clatsop County by our Strategic Council. The Strategic Council is responsible for identifying potential health promotion projects, providing oversight for Way to Wellville developed initiatives, leadership in the community promoting Way to Wellville and partner organization, and effectively represent a wide variety of community viewpoints.
  • Community Partners

    Community Partners throughout Clatsop County are coming together to help Way to Wellville succeed in our mission. Learn more about our current partners and how your organization can get involved.
  • Our Staff

    Clatsop County's Way to Wellville program is organized by a small team of dedicated individuals alongside our partners throughout the community. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us if you would like to get involved.

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