Health District releases draft of strategic plan, invites comment

The board of the Nehalem Bay Health District has released a draft of a proposed five-year strategic plan and is inviting public comment.

The plan and supporting documents can be found at the district’s website:

The health district board will consider public comments and adoption of the plan during its regular April 2, 2019 board meeting. That meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Nehalem.

The draft plan was developed through extensive public engagement and was informed by a public survey, two public visioning sessions, property and other studies and extensive demographic and health-related data compiled by a team of Portland State University graduate students led by Dr. Margaret Banyan.

The draft says the NBHD Board considers its primary role to serve as a convener and facilitator. And the board developed several concepts that form the foundation of its Strategic Plan. These are summarized as follows (note that the District does not desire to provide these services directly, but to convene, explore, facilitate, and assist in the pursuit of these goals):

– Expand health care related services for older adults (elder care, assisted living, and/or home care), primary care, visiting nurses, specialty care, substance abuse, and mental health treatment. Support high-quality existing service delivery on-site (e.g., Care Center, Rinehart Clinic, and Food Bank).

– Support programs or activities related to health promotion and social indicators of health.

– Explore affordable, workforce, and/or senior housing options.

– Future building development and design should focus on sustainability, shared use, dual functions, flex space, and incorporate emergency response and recovery features.

Comments or questions about the plan can be directed to the health district’s CEO Jeff Slamal at: [email protected]

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