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

  • Time for school and wellness visits

    Sep 10, 2019

    By Sue Cody

    School Immunizations

    As kids are getting ready to head back to school, it’s time to make sure everyone’s vaccines are up to date.

    Oregon requires school-age children to receive vaccinations against infectious diseases including polio, measles and whooping cough.

    It’s better to prevent a disease than to treat it, experts say. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tell us it is essential to provide immunity from life-threatening diseases before children are exposed.

    With new measles outbreaks reported in recent months – including nine in Oregon and 85 in Washington – health officials are urging children and adults to be vaccinated against this and other highly contagious diseases. Measles can have serious complications, including hearing loss, pneumonia, brain infections and even death.

    In recent years, “A critical number of parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children,” says Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (http://bit.ly/W2Wmea)

    “Measles is back because we haven’t learned from history. And it’s the children who suffer for our ignorance.”

    Even though parents may have concerns about the safety of vaccines, the CDC states vaccines are tested to make sure they are safe and effective when given at the recommended ages.

    Back to school, back to doctor

    Wellness visits and vaccinations throughout childhood promote health and well-being for families and communities.

    In fact, Healthy Children.org recommends annual wellness exams for kids of all ages, including adolescents and teens. Many changes occur during these years and a visit to a primary care provider can address development, physical fitness, nutrition, exercise, and social and emotional concerns.

    The beginning of the school year is an ideal time to make these appointments. Parents can voice their concerns and ask questions during these visits in a more relaxed setting than when their child is sick.

    The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, support wellness visits and immunizations.

    For more information about immunizations, see:

     

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 vandusens@careoregon.org.

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

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