Calling for Volunteers for New Patient Advisory Panels

What is the Patient Advisory Committee?

Patients, family members and caregivers meet on a regular basis to share experiences, make recommendations, and improve ourselves and the community. Your opinions will be confidential and will help improve One Community Health and the community at large!
Please click here for a flyer that will give you more information about how to get involved.





Save the Date—October 2017!

During October 2016, One Community Health celebrated its 30th anniversary through a unimg_4323ique month-long initiative: Gorge Happiness Month. We kicked off the celebration with four festive parties throughout our region—Hood River, The Dalles, Skamania and Goldendale. Here and elsewhere, people signed up to take the Happiness Index Survey, which let them get a quick assessment of how their happiness and how it compares to people nationally. They also participated in the Make a Friend Project, getting to know someone new to them and possibly making a friend for life!

14573024_591700871031420_1180374178453273897_nSoon people started taking on three key habits to grow their happiness over the course of the month by doing daily gratitudes, random acts of kindness, and sitting in five minutes of silence (or meditating, if preferred). They also followed a calendar of simple activities to help ignite and promote joy.

Apart from the fact that many participants report genuinely feeling happier throughout the month, one of the best things about gorgehappinessmonthmassagesthis effort was that it brought in many partners and people who otherwise might not have worked together to create such joy.

At the end of the project, here’s a sampling of what was happening from a numbers standpoint:

  • 1,100 = The number of different people who visited the website
  • 3,000 = The number of different people who saw our Facebook posts
  • 70 = The number of different organizations and businesses that participated throughout the Gorge
  • 75+ = The number of different free classes & events offered throughout the month
  • 15+ = The number of media articles/mentions

Come October 2017, Gorge Happiness Month will kick off once again in direct response to all our positive feedback and participation! The goal? To grow happiness (and good health) as much as we can!

gorgehappinessmonthdaveThat said, going forward, happiness will remain accessible and can flourish as long as we  proactively keep up the habits we’ve put into place. With the right mindset, activities and willpower to do it, we’ll transform individually, together and certainly for the

To learn more about Gorge Happiness Month, check out this short video, recapping local participation and pointers on happiness. This video was produced by OCH and three local partners.

To have your organization or business participate, please contact our Gorge Happiness Month coordinator, Emily Reed.

Want to keep up with your happiness hopes and goals? Get the Gorge Happiness App and follow us on Facebook!

September Calendar of Events—It’s “Fruits & Veggies: More Matters Month®”!


Looking for Great Ways to Support Your Health and Well-being This Month?

Click on calendar to the left for a whole host of events and opportunities throughout our region.

Click on calendar to download it!


STEPS TO WELLNESS: Sept. 6 for 12 Weeks

Pasos LogoJoin One Community Health in Your Journey to Greater Health:
Steps to Wellness Now Offered to Families!

Thanks to a new grant from Providence called “Mission Outreach Community Health Advisors” (MOCHA), One Community Health’s (OCH) Pasos/Steps to Wellness program will be offered to families with a special focus on addressing and preventing childhood obesity. The 12-week program starts September 6 at OCH in The Dalles. It takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

Steps to Wellness is a program designed to help people prevent or control chronic diseases and their symptoms, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, stress and depression. Previous participants have experienced positive results, creating new goals and habits that have supported improvement of chronic-health symptoms, greater health and wellness, weight loss and happiness. In addition, participants learn the skills and action steps necessary for empowering themselves beyond the class itself. After it’s over, many have reported continued positive changes in their total health, wellness and disease management/prevention.

Along with key components of our traditional program, this updated version of the program will invite children and parents to cook together, learning about and making nutritious dishes and snacks. Children ages 5-9 are encouraged to come with their parents.

The class is taught in Spanish by highly skilled Certified Community Health Workers. The cost is just $30 for the entire 12-week program, which is an official program put on by One Community Health. The class includes a healthy meal each week, labs, guest presentations, and various weekly pGraduates (1)rizes. 

When: 12 Classes, Every Wednesday, Starting Sept. 6
Where: One Community Health, 1040 Webber St., The Dalles
Cost: $30

Facilitators for this program are Caitlyn Witte, OCH community health worker, and Alicia Ramirez, community health worker at The Next Door. Please contact Caitlyn (541.308.8378) for more information or questions.

Space is limited to sign up today! Click here for our Steps to Wellness flier. Witness the success yourself in our STEPS TO WELLNESS VIDEO!

2017 Migrant Food Drive

Serving Families Throughout the Columbia River Gorge

In keeping with tradition, One Community Health kicked off its migrant farmworker community outreach with our annual Migrant Food Drive in mid-June. Here is a list of some compelling data from this event:

Migrant Food Drive
353 = families served
1000+ = individuals served

Oregon Food Bank:
15,277 = pounds of assorted food distributed
2,767 = pound of produce distributed
120 = loaves of bread distributed
2,160 = bottles of water distributed

Community Donations Provided:
$2,715.00 = produce, non-perishable food items for 353 families

A special thanks to all the OCH staff, volunteers and other participants that donated time, money and other resources to make this event a success!

COMMUNITY WALKING GROUPS: Kicking off March 2, Thursdays in The Dalles

Close up woman walking on a path. Fitness concept.Step It Up! Thursdays—Free Walking Groups

Throw on your sneakers and get ready to walk! Starting Thursday, March 2, One Community Health (OCH) is leading walking groups every Thursday in The Dalles. An initiative co-presented by OCH and Public Health, Step It Up Thursdays provides an opportunity for patients and the public at large to join us as we walk for fitness, create goals for better health and wellness, and simply have fun! Invite your friends, co-workers or family and join us in this group effort for greater health. Routes will vary but average 1-1.5 miles. This is a great way to come get fit and learn while you’re doing it!

When? 6 p.m., Thursdays, starting March 2
Where? One Community Health (walking starting point), 1040 Webber St., The Dallespublic_health_logo3

For more information, contact:
Caitlyn Witte – 541.308.8378
Maria Acevedo – 541.705.2169

The MAMA-LOGUES: A Comedy About Motherhood

MamaloguesOCH Benefit Dishes up Big Laughs for Second Year in a Row!

Everyone in life needs a good laugh now and then—and mamas are no exception! On Thursday, May 11, about 70 ladies (and a few fellas) gathered for an evening packed with big laughs at “The Mama-Logues: A Comedy About Motherhood.”
This year’s performance marks the second time that the talented troupe of volunteer actors chose Hood River’s Springhouse Cellars to perform their show, which tours throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was also the second year in a row that One Community Health (OCH) was the show’s beneficiary. Specifically, our perinatal program will receive proceeds from the performance. How cool is that!

The Mama-Logues includes two acts packed with short, powerful scenes that portray the experiences of being a mother, having a mother, or just knowing someone who is a mother. Everyone can relate in some way or another.
Each scene comes edited and directly from authors’ and composers’ (yes, there were at least two songs performed!) works, which have been published previously through reputable media sites, blogs, books and elsewhere. While most of the scenes are comical, a couple—which touched on the tenderness and toughness of motherhood—triggered some tears. Also of note, this year’s show included all new content to keep the entertainment value alive for new and returning fans alike.
About 20 OCH staff members came to enjoy the venue, wine and the show, joined a crowd in giving the talented actors a standing ovation. Clearly, the wit worked wonders, inspiring connection around a topic that, let’s face it, often deserves a laugh.
Thanks to all of you at OCH who supported the show by being there and a big round of applause to those who volunteered that evening or in the weeks prior to the show. We are also so grateful to the actors, producer and director behind the performance and, of course, Springhouse Cellars for helping host a “winederful” evening of fun!

TBD 2017

 cuttingpotatoCome Grow Your Health and Wellness Through Healthy Meal Planning, Shopping Tips and Cooking!

We are currently planning our upcoming classes. Check back soon for dates and times!




For the past few years, One Community Health has been proud to participate in the Northwest Cherry Festival. This is a gorgeous run/walk that takes place in The Dalles and follows a path through orchards and countryside. Every year, our team has been proud to have a number of winners, and we’ve been very grateful to all our participants who’ve come to have fun and support a great cause. Here are a few snapshots of this great event in our Columbia River Gorge!

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