GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A local healthcare organization has stepped in to help save jobs and fund important services in the Josephine County Public Health Department.
AllCare, a coordinated care organization based in Grants Pass, has committed $171,000 over the next year to Public Health. It will help keep three full-time nurses on staff for the county, and prevent cuts to staff members and hours for the WIC program. The county’s most recent budget proposal could have forced Public Health to make those cuts.
“We’ve done this in the past,” said Freddy Sennhauser, an AllCare representative. “We’ve had a history for many many years, but now we’ve shifted our focus to the public health department because that’s where the need is imminent.”
Sennhauser said under the Oregon Health Plan, AllCare is tasked with improving health in all of southern Oregon. The group is also providing similar funding for the Curry County Public Health Department.
The funding is only for one year, so Josephine County Public Health Director Diane Hoover said her department will continue to look for permanent funding in the coming year.