OHA seeks youth ages 15-19 for advisory council on pandemic recovery

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is looking for young people ages 15-19 to lead a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) that will decide how to spend $1 million to help youth and their communities and schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide economic relief following the pandemic.

From applications received through March 31, OHA will select 20 youth to serve on the advisory council. They will be required to attend a once monthly two-hour meetings and asked to spend about three additional hours a month on council activities, as well as attend two four-hour retreats.

YAC members will work together to:

  • Define what recovery looks like and the values of recovery
  • Identify needs and health inequities that are priorities for youth
  • Have discussions about health equity and community engagement
  • Talk about what is already happening regarding pandemic recovery for youth

For their time and contributions, YAC members will receive:

  • $45 an hour for time spent on council activities
  • Mentorship from state public health officials and adult community partners
  • Training on youth-adult partnerships and health equity
  • Learning opportunities and professional development related to public health, education and community support
  • The chance to make a positive difference in the lives of Oregon youth

Interested youth ages 15-19 living in Oregon are encouraged to apply here. Applications will be accepted through March 31.

More information can be found here.

SMART Recovery meetings aim to help people recover from addictions

Every Thursday, Malheur County Health Department will host SMART Recovery meetings in the Payette River Room at Four Rivers Cultural Center from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SMART Recovery uses tools based on scientifically tested methods for addiction recovery, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior and Motivational Interviewing.

SMART Recovery support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery. People who are suffering from addiction, as well as their family and friends, or people who want to help others in their community are welcome in the global community of mutual support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction. Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives.

Programs are available in-person, online or via app through the SMART Recovery website at http://www.smartrecovery.org. For more information about Thursday’s sessions, call 541-889-7279. Share this flyer with friends, family and co-workers.

MCHD Recovery Outreach events cancelled this week

Malheur County Health Department’s Recovery Outreach events will be cancelled this week. These events include Walk-Through Wednesday, Thursday’s event at Origins and Friday at the Bottle Drop.

Safe use supplies are available during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Health Department office, 1108 SW 4th St. in Ontario. For assistance, please call 541-709-8539 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If this is an emergency, please call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or Lifeways Crisis Line at 541-889-9167 or 1-800-995-9169.