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Building Well-being Together

Everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive

The goal of the Building Well-being Together Initiative is to focus on the whole well-being of people, families, and communities, especially those being left behind due to race, age, disability, identity and place.

This is a call to action for all of us. ODHS, other government offices, Tribes, providers, communities - all working together to ensure that everyone has the services and supports they need.

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​A fair chance for all - Breaking the cycle of persistent disadvantage

The New Zealand Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa has released its interim report on "A fair chance for all," looking into persistent disadvantage in New Zealand and how we can address it.

​​A woman came into The Collaborative's office in Jackson County and needed help. She had been involved in the criminal justice system and was trying to get her life started again. She needed housing, some form of identification, a cell phone and food. And right there in that office space – which is designed as a very inviting living room – she was able to get all her needs met in one place.

The Collaborative is a space where the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division and Self Sufficiency Programs, Jackson County Community Justice, and The Pathfinder Network are housed together to help women and their families stay out of the criminal justice and child welfare systems – or get out of those system – and thrive in their lives. This partnership helps build better well-being together.

Watch the video below to see how this innovative approach is working in Jackson County.

A new ​study by researchers at Columbia University showed that infants developed greater brain activity related to learning and listening​ after their parents were provided with monthly cash assistance for the first year of their babies’ lives.​​​​

​​​​​This article from Deloitte​ speaks to meaningful changes in social care by focusing on early intervention, attacking problems at their root source, and creating paths to greater self-sufficiency and resilience.​

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