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OHA Awards NEON Funding For Public Health Modernization Project

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The Oregon Health Authority has awarded NEON with $248,000 to focus on two key areas of work: Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Environmental Public Health and Climate Change, Communicable Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness. The project period began March 1, 2022 and will continue through June 30, 2023.

A press release issued by OHA states: “OHA’s Public Health Division recognizes the essential role of community-based organizations in partnership with local public health authorities and other community partners to implement community-led and culturally and linguistically responsive programs. Today’s start of this new initiative reflects coordination of eight public health programs coming together to center health equity and community priorities in one centralized funding opportunity.”

Public Health Director Rachael Banks explained that “Building a more equitable public health future requires deep and meaningful collaboration with community-based organizations, and uplifting and centering health priorities that are important to communities across the state. This funding opportunity is an important part of OHA’s commitment to eliminating health inequities by 2030.”

OHA has awarded 147 community-based organizations a total of about $31 million across all eight program areas between April 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Within the program areas, community-based organizations have agreed to focus on work aligned with their community’s priorities in one or more of the following categories of funding:

  • Health education and communication
  • Identifying and assessing community priorities
  • Supporting prevention activities
  • Policy development

Dolly England, the Public Health Division’s Community Engagement Program manager, said, “This is important equity work, and it cannot be done without the strength and support of community-based organizations.”

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