We believe that resilience for our children is directly tied to
the wellness of our community members.
BestCare Prevention began working on Resilience in the fall of 2016, following a statewide conference on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention. We had just completed our Community Needs Assessment where community members identified Connectedness as our best community strength. We knew that we could build on the resilience and connectedness within our community. We also knew that, to be successful, the work had to be done in Jefferson County, for Jefferson County, and by Jefferson County.
We applied funding from two different grants to our local resilience efforts. When we began planning, we reached out to various community partners and identified what our community was already doing to help heal trauma, strengthen families, and promote positive health outcomes. We reached out to various community members and asked them to help us create a list of goals. We have also:
– Evaluated local data, regional and statewide youth data.
– Interviewed key stakeholders.
– Set up a framework for moving forward.
– Participated in and supported efforts by TRACEs.
– Identified local providers and key stakeholders to engage in our efforts
– Accepted an offer by the University of Oregon, which is already helping us with our suicide prevention efforts, to help us identify strategies and evaluate our local efforts.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
– Complete an upcoming survey to help us identify three top priorities from those listed below because we have too many!
– Suggest priorities that we have not identified
– Participate in our Coalition meetings to help us select and implement strategies
– Invite other community members to help
Contact us with your thoughts, ideas, to help, or for more info!