May Calendar of Events

Looking for great ways to support your health and well-being this month?

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The MAMA-LOGUES: A Comedy About Motherhood

OCH 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!

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 Dalles

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


STEPS TO WELLNESS: February 28 for 12 Weeks

Pasos LogoJoin One Community Health in Your Journey to Greater Health

Steps to Wellness is a proven 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.

Steps to Wellness kicks off February 28 and takes place every Tuesday evening for 12 weeks between 6-8 p.m. at The Pioneer Center in White Salmon. 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 with the support of Klickitat County. The class includes a healthy meal each week, labs, guest presentations, and various weekly pGraduates (1)rizes. 

When: 12 Classes, Every Tuesday, Starting February 28
Where: Pioneer Center, 501 NE Washington St., White Salmon, WA
Cost: $30

For more information or to register, call: Alicia Sandoval 541.308.8313 or Maria Acevedo 541.705.2169.

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!



group of people at the gym portraitYou’re Invited to Exercise With One Community Health

Come move, stretch and yoga your way to better health and fitness! Join us twice a week for an effective exercise class in a safe and friendly environment, right here One Community Health in Hood River. Held Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., this class offers you a great chance to manage weight loss, gain energy and optimize body function and wellness. Plus, it’s led by our community health workers, so that makes it extra exciting and supportive, too!

Check out this flyer to learn more!

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!





Gorge Happiness Month

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

We’d like to thank all of you who joined in the fun and did your part to make our community grow happier in just a month’s time. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!

gorgehappinessmonthdaveGoing 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 our October 2016 Staff Newsletter. Or, check out this short video, recapping local participation and pointers on happiness. This video was produced by OCH and three local partners.

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



harvestoutreachIn mid-June, One Community Health’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) kicked off its 30th year of providing outreach to migrant farmworkers throughout the Columbia River Gorge region.

Over the course of four nights in June and again in August, our CHWs and their teams of volunteer medical providers and assistants made 16 camp visits, sharing messages of health and nutrition, as well as diabetes education, blood sugar screenings and blood pressure checks. Also around these harvest times of year, anyone wanting or recommended for additional health care was encouraged to visit OCH over the following four weeks, when OCH hosted its Open Clinic for Migrant Farmworkers.

Just in June alone, through the outreach, approximately 500 migrant farmworkers attended our health education program, where they could learn about and engage around vital strategies for good health and nutrition, plus diabetes prevention.

taramooney-harvest1Prizes, such as fresh grains, vegetables and fruits, were donated by area businesses and given when those attending the presentations were “quizzed” on and rewarded for their learning. Approximately 10 percent of those seen in the field later received further services through OCH’s Open Clinic while other migrant farmworkers came for help, too.

This year, clinic treatment numbers were up by 35.4 percent over last year with OCH seeing approximately 127 during just one month of this unique care. The clinic, held annually to coincide with cherry harvest and again during the pear/apple harvest, is designed to offer both medical and dental services.

A warm thanks is in order to all who have and continue to lead and volunteer for this effort. Also, big kudos go out to The Dalles Chronicle, which ran a fabulous story called “Laboring for Better Health” by news editor Mark Gibson. We are also grateful to Radio Tierra for giving us air time to further provide health education messaging.

Here are some additional pictures from this outreach:




About 50 staff members from One Community Health showed up to walk/run in the Northwest Cherry Festival. Thanks to all those who participated and for sporting our team t-shirts. Congratulations to a handful of winners representing our Team OCH. Here are a few snapshots of this great event in our gorgeous Gorge!

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