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 three focus areas for its Way to Wellville: Community Health, Emotional Health and Economic Opportunity. Learn more about what they’re doing in each area.

Community Health

Health and Wellness for Children
Working with schools to reach 300 third-fifth grade students to encourage healthy behaviors, including physical activity, healthy eating and mindfulness
Workplace Wellness
Programs to assist small employers with workplace wellness programs.

Emotional Health

Trauma Informed Care
Working with the community to create a children's network of trauma informed care to include resources, training and implementation supports.
Reduction in teenage use of alcohol and other substances of abuse.
Working with community partners to hold trainings to educate parents and school personnel on how to combat this epidemic.

Economic Opportunity

Universal Pre-school
Working with Clatsop and Tillamook counties to develop a feasibility study being funded by the U.S. Department of Education; the study will look at bringing pre-school education to an addition 600 children in the two county.