Columbia County, Oregon(Partner: National Association of County and City Health Officials)
Columbia Health Coalition
VISION: The Columbia Health Coalition is a recognized, sustainable county coalition that partners with organizations and agencies for improving health where we LIVE, WORK, LEARN, and PLAY.
MISSION: The Columbia Health Coalition will empower the communtiy to increase opportunities for healthy lifestyles through initiatives for POLICY, SYSTEM, and ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE.
Columbia County, Oregon consists of 688 square miles, of which 657 square miles is land and 32 square miles is water. As of 2010, Columbia County's total population served was 49,358; a 13.3 percent increase from 2001 census data. The county is made up of seven incorporated areas; the largest has a population of 12,883 and the smallest has a population of 55. Our population is mostly white, 92.5 percent. Columbia County is rich in natural resources and with vast areas for recreation: camping in the parks, hiking, and water activities on the Columbia River.
Columbia County has a high rate of economically disadvantaged citizens, with children faring the worst. Nearly 13 percent of the county's children live in poverty. According to the Oregon Department of Education 42.8 percent of public school children are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2010-11 school year.
According to the State of Oregon's Area of Unmet Healthcare Needs Evaluation, Columbia County is the most medically underserved county in Oregon. Columbia County also has been deemed a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) by the federal government. Furthermore, Columbia County does not have a 24/7 healthcare option for county residents. The county's one Urgent Care Clinic, operated in St. Helens by Legacy Health System, is open for eight hours per day, six days a week.
Columbia Health Coalition ACHIEVE Activities: