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Maternal and Child Health

Special Project: Oregon MCH Partners with StoryCenter

Oregon Childcare Stories: Supporting parents and caregivers in speaking out about the challenges of finding care for infants aged 0-1

Call for Storytellers

The Oregon Health Authority’s Maternal and Child Health Section is working with StoryCenter to support parents and caregivers around the state of Oregon in sharing their stories! We are recruiting parents and caregivers to attend a three-day Digital Storytelling Workshop in Portland, at the end of May / beginning of June, 2019. At this workshop, each of the five people selected to attend will:

  • Verbally share a personal story about the challenges of finding care for their infant (s) aged 0-1;
  • Make an audio recording of this story;
  • Select / take photos and video clips to use to illustrate the story; and
  • Learn through a hands-on computer tutorial how to edit these materials into a short video (No prior storytelling or digital editing experience is needed.

NOTE: your children do not currently need to be aged 0-1 in order for you to participate; if they are older, you can tell a story from the past! The completed videos will be shared widely on the Maternal and Child Health Section web site, partner web sites, and in local and statewide events focused on increasing access to early childcare.

Participants will receive a $450 stipend at the end of the completed project.
While we are unable to provide childcare on site, the stipends may be used to help offset childcare costs. Additional funding for travel, lodging, and meals is available.

If you or someone you know would like to attend this workshop, please complete this application form today!

Application process closes May 1; applicants will be notified about their participation by May 10.

View a sample story created in a StoryCenter digital storytelling workshop.

For more information, email or call 971-673-1490.

Download this information here: Oregon Childcare Stories Project Description

Oregon Maternal and Child Health Data Book

Oregon Maternal and Child Health Data Book

The Maternal and Child Health section works to address health promotion issues across the lifespan of individuals and families. We believe preconception, pregnancy and early childhood experiences create and influence a path for lifelong wellness.

We represent many public health disciplines and we have multiple funding streams. We distribute funds through our partnerships with local health departments for a wide variety of clinical and supportive community-based health services. 

MCH Programs

Home Visiting

Home visiting is a proven strategy for strengthening families and improving the health status of women and children.

Birth Anomalies

The Oregon Birth Anomalies Surveillance System tracks birth anomalies in Oregon children from birth to age 6 in order to promote awareness, education, and prevention of birth anomalies, and to understand the health care needs for these children.

Early Childhood Systems Alignment

Oregon is working toward improved outcomes for children and families through the transformation of its health and early learning systems.

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

Our goal is to screen newborns for possible hearing loss by one month of age, identify congenital hearing loss by three months of age and enroll children in appropriate early intervention by six months of age.

Healthy Child Care

Working to improve the health and safety of children participating in child care in Oregon.

Maternal Mental Health

Many women experience emotional swings, often called "baby blues," after giving birth. However, some women develop more serious prenatal or postpartum depression or anxiety. Treatment and support are available. The first step is to reach out for help.

Oral Health

The Oral Health Unit seeks to improve the oral health of Oregon citizens across the lifespan.

Preconception Health

The Oregon Preconception Health Work Group defines preconception health as beginning a pregnancy in a state of optimal physical, emotional and social well-being.


Learn about Oregon programs that support healthy pregnancies. Knowing you are doing all you can to stay healthy during pregnancy and give your baby a healthy start in life will help you have peace of mind.

Title V Block Grant

Title V provides funding to state MCH programs, which serve 35 million women and children in the U.S.

Women's Health

Working to ensure all women in Oregon have the necessary knowledge, resources and opportunities to optimize their mental and physical health.

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

The death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth, or the year postpartum is a rare and tragic event.

In the 2018 legislative session, Oregon passed HB 4133 , which gives direction to form the Maternal and Morbidity Review Committee

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