Coordinated care organizations lead to more timely prenatal care

Pregnant women on Medicaid are more likely to receive timely prenatal care following Oregon’s implementation of coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, which are regional networks of health care providers who work together to treat patients, a new study has shown.

“We found that under the CCO model, the timeliness of prenatal care was significantly improved for Oregon women on Medicaid, with more women beginning care in the first trimester of their pregnancies,” said the study’s co-author, S. Marie Harvey, associate dean and distinguished professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Read more at Medical Xpress.

Josephine County Babe Store Opens at AllCare Health Headquarters in North GP

The Josephine County Babe Store has opened at AllCare Health’s headquarters in north Grants Pass.

The Babe Store will provide new clothing and supplies for women and their babies to ensure they have access to the resources they need to stay happy and healthy.

Read more at KAJO.

North Douglas County to get mental health service from south Lane County

North Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan can now access mental health services under a new partnership between Cottage Grove based South Lane Mental Health and Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s Coordinated Care Organization, which serves people in the county on the Oregon Health Plan.

Read more at The News Review.

The nature of play

An interactive nature play area made of natural elements — rock, wood, and sand — is under construction at Kit Carson Park, located near the Pacific Terrace neighborhood and along Crater Lake Parkway in Klamath Falls.

Plans are to open it to the public Sept. 1.

The 2-acre play area, which broke ground in May, includes a moving log bridge, a saucer-style “zipline,” a rock wall, a more than 5 1/2-feet tall climbing log made up of Sugar Pine salvaged from Northern California; an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible sandbox, stairs, and a spider web-like structure made of rope.

Read more at Herald and News.

Community health workers help people with low incomes avoid trips to ER

EUGENE, Ore. – Camille Vaden took the dogs for a walk Wednesday morning.

As recently as last year, Vaden couldn’t do this.

“I’m in a remission state right now, so I’m doing very well,” Vaden said, “but last year I was wheelchair-bound.”

Read more at KVAL.