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cbrzumbathumb Building healthier communities in Hood River … one cha-cha-chá at a time
It’s virtually impossible to stand still in a Zumba® class. The popular Latin-based exercise class features a dizzying combo of merenge, salsa, mambo and other energetic dance moves. But who knew it also could help a group of Hood River women learn to eat healthier, manage their diabetes, enjoy physical fitness … and build a community of social support?
cbrprojectaccessthumb Creating health care access for those in need
For Danilo Gonzales, the partnership between Project Access NOW and Providence meant he could get the surgery he needed to live a pain-free life again, even though he had no means to pay for his care. The surgery to reduce complications from an old bullet wound helped to relieve his pain … and fill his heart with gratitude.
cbrgarciathumb  Extending health care for Yamhill County residents in need
For the estimated 18,000 low-income and uninsured residents of Yamhill County, the new Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center couldn’t come at a better time. When the Newberg Clinic opens in March 2014, it will become a medical home for those who need access to primary care and other health services. It’s the growing fulfillment of a dream for the Virginia Garcia center and community partners such as Providence Newberg Medical Center.
cbrlifetrackthumb Helping youth in southern Oregon get their lives back on track
With some of the highest rates of youth suicide, depression, substance abuse and gang involvement in the state, Jackson County and its network of non-profit organizations knew there was no time to lose in supporting this vulnerable population. Thanks to a substantial community grant in late 2013 from Providence Health Plan, southern Oregon’s new Life Track program can help give these young people a new start and a healthier life.