Overview

Clatsop County, OregonClatsop County, in the northwest corner of Oregon, is 1084 square miles in size. According to US Census estimates, in 2014 its population was just over 37,400, a 1.2% increase since the 2010 census. Almost 20% of the population is under 18-years old. Median household income is $47,337 and 16.7% of its people live in poverty (The United States Census Bureau; census.gov; 2015).

Clatsop County’s Wellville effort is supported by the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, a managed Medicaid plan of CareOregon. The multi-stakeholder coalition began in 2011 with the creation of CHART (Community Health Advocacy and Resource Team), whose roster has expanded and now includes members from public health, parks and recreation, hospitals, schools, transportation, housing, senior and disability services, and more. This broad approach is paying dividends in a extensive portfolio of projects, including Way to Welllville. In December the County Commissioner declared 2016 to be the Year of Wellness.

Wellville Focus Areas

Clatsop County has defined four focus areas for its Way to Wellville: Community Health, Health Care Access, Emotional Health and Economic Opportunity. See how they’re making progress on measures that will help them reach their goals.

Community Health

Access to Primary Care
Availability of primary care physicians is essential for preventive and primary care, and when needed, referrals to specialty care.
(* ratio of population to providers)
Clatsop County Now
1,286:1*
Clatsop County Goal
Social Associations
Number of associations per 10,000 population (poor family support, minimal contact with others, and limited involvement in community life are associated with increased morbidity and early mortality)
Clatsop County Now
15.3
Clatsop County Goal

Health Care Access

Access to Primary Care
Availability of primary care physicians is essential for preventive and primary care, and when needed, referrals to specialty care.
(* ratio of population to providers)
Clatsop County Now
1,286:1*
Clatsop County Goal
Mental Health Providers
Access to psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists and advanced practice nurses specializing in mental health care.
(* ratio of population to providers)
Clatsop County Now
573:1*
Clatsop County Goal

Emotional Health

Children Living in Poverty
Poverty is associated with disease incidence, depression, intimate partner violence and poor health behaviors.
Clatsop County Now
24% (CC claims >50%)
Clatsop County Goal
Children Living in Single-parent Households
Adults and children in single-parent households are at risk for adverse health outcomes such as mental health problems (including substance abuse, depression, and suicide) and unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and excessive alcohol use.
Clatsop County Now
37%
Clatsop County Goal

Economic Opportunity

Some College Education
The relationship between higher education and improved health outcomes is well known, with years of formal education correlating strongly with improved work and economic opportunities, reduced psychosocial stress, and healthier lifestyles.
Clatsop County Now
62.6%
Clatsop County Goal
Unemployment
The unemployed population experiences worse health and higher mortality rates than the employed population.[1,2] Unemployment has been shown to lead to an increase in unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and tobacco consumption, diet, exercise, and other health-related behaviors, which in turn can lead to increased risk for disease or mortality, especially suicide.
Clatsop County results
6.8%
Clatsop County goal

Clatsop County results from countyhealthrankings.org, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015