Seven nonprofit health and human service nonprofits in Jackson County came together in 2016 to learn about each other and the challenges facing the families, clients, and patients they served.
Driven by the desire to be more effective in their work to help individuals, families and communities thrive, Southern Oregon Goodwill, ACCESS, Addictions Recovery Center, Family Nurturing Center, Rogue Community Health, Rogue Valley Family YMCA, and Southern Oregon Head Start formed the Rogue Challenge. Since then, leaders and staff from these organizations have collaborated to find, test and implement improved processes, guided by some key principles.
Seven guiding principles
- Our community must create a culture that invests in children and families.
- Our community’s health and human services organizations must develop a quality-driven, integrated delivery system that uses resources efficiently to help people move forward.
- Business owners must be supported in providing opportunities for people to earn a livable wage.
- Government must assure all citizens have help to succeed and participate fully in civic life.
- We must all address the social and economic determinants of health, drivers of poverty and equity imbalances.
- Partners must move beyond organizational boundaries to meet the needs of those served.
- We must develop an environment where all partners can learn how best to work together to solve our most intractable problems.
Systemic changes can be slow and require real commitment, but momentum is building and we all know how important this change is to the people we help. Working together we can save time, money and improve outcomes.