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Cow Creek Foundation helps Healthy Beginnings


The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Healthy Beginnings in support of the program’s efforts to expand and enhance its essential screening and referral services and outreach to underserved families.

Healthy Beginnings assures parents that their children are developing appropriately or, if needed, HB makes referrals for in-depth evaluation and treatment at no cost to the families. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well.

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation award supports the organization’s efforts to increase the number of high risk families served specifically for vulnerable populations.

“This funding will go a long way to help us increase access to health, dental, and vision care, while improving access to Early Intervention and behavioral health, in rural communities in Deschutes County, especially for families without adequate access to health care or insurance” explained Holly Remer, HB’s Executive Director.

Every family attending a Healthy Beginnings screening receives extensive information on the heath and development of their child as well as resources in the community. This unique service is supported by community donations and volunteers who have a background and interest in working to improve the lives of young children in our community.

The mission of the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation is to offer assistance in youth education, to strengthen youth and family, to provide positive youth development, and to add to the quality of life for people in southwestern Oregon. Awards are made semiannually, in January and June. Since 2004, CCUIF has provided Healthy Beginnings with over $25,000 in support of it services to vulnerable children in our communities.

For more information about Healthy Beginnings and it 12 Point Kid Inspections call 541-383-6357 or visit the program’s website at

Healthy Beginnings is a 21 Cares for Kids partner

What parent doesn’t have questions….. Is your child’s development on track? Will their smile last a lifetime and can they hear and see okay? Health and development from birth through age five is critical to your child’s success. Healthy Beginnings can help you answer these questions and more. There are no eligibility requirements for this free service. On Saturday, January 25 th Healthy Beginnings will bring its 12 Point Kid Inspections to Bend. At these screening clinics, each child receives nearly $3,000 worth of services at no cost to the family.

Don’t miss this opportunity, appointments are still being accepted for the January 25 th screening clinic in Bend. This screening will be hosted by the Juniper Pediatrics located at 2275 NE Doctor’s Drive, appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome between 9:00 and 11:30.

Healthy Beginnings screens young children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition. Access to professionals and trained volunteers in all these core areas are available at the time of the screening. Parents and children birth through five meet one on one with as many as 12 health and development professionals and families are welcome to attend whether or not they have health insurance. Referrals are made for any child identified in need of additional services with community resources and connections provided to all families.

Healthy Beginnings, a unique program available only in Central Oregon, works to assure parents that their children are developing appropriately or if needed, the program makes referrals for in-depth evaluation and treatment. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well. Every family attending a Healthy Beginnings screening receives extensive information on the health and development of their child.

The program will also be providing families and individuals with support accessing Cover Oregon, Oregon’s new online insurance marketplace. Cover Oregon is for all Oregonians and the Oregon Health Plan has greatly expanded, so more children, families, and adults will qualify for free health care through this expanded initiative. Healthy Beginnings has staff dedicated to assisting the community with this new option of purchasing coverage – a significant service for our community.

Healthy Beginnings is one of many programs offered under the support of the High Desert Education Service District. Additional support is provided by community donations and the United Way of Deschutes County. Please visit our website at for a full listing of screening dates and cities as well as detailed information about our program, volunteer, and donation opportunities. Community links to additional services can also be found on our website as well.

Call to learn more – 541.383.6357 or visit our website to make your child’s appointment, to donate or to volunteer to help.

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