Grant to Rose CDC will support collaboration with PSU, Multnomah County to improve newborn health
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: February 22, 2016

Rose Community Development received a grant of $55,435 from Care Oregon to support its Baby Booster initiative, a collaboration with Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Multnomah County Health Department, and others to improve the health and livability of Portland’s 97266 zip code. 

The funding will be used to hire community health workers and support other initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence of low birth weight babies by 50 percent by 2026 and improve the health and livability of the Jade District-Lents neighborhoods that comprise the 97266 zip code. 

“A growing body of research shows that the first thousand days of a child’s life, beginning at conception, is the most important stage of development,” said Nick Sauvie, executive director of Rose CDC. “Creating a community that supports good nutrition and reduced stress is good for everyone, but especially mothers and babies.”

The Baby Booster initiative brings together public health, housing, child development, education and culturally specific organizations with a commitment to align their resources toward the result of supporting pregnant women, young mothers, and their families during the crucial developmental period. The project will reach roughly one third of the estimated 500 pregnant women and 1,000 children under the age of two in the targeted zip code.

The Care Oregon grant will cover roughly half of the Baby Booster budget including the hire of community health workers, a PSU student intern work as a liaison between the community and the University, and other expenses associated with the project. Community health faculty from PSU will help design the program and develop an evaluation process to measure its effectiveness.  

“PSU is proud to be a partner on this vital initiative,” said Monica Cuneo, health equity project manager for the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions. “If we can move the needle in this community we’ll have improved the futures of hundreds of young lives—and developed practices for community health that can be applied elsewhere in our community.”  

The Baby Booster initiative is also supported by grants from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund/ Northwest Health Foundation, United Way, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

In addition to PSU and the Multnomah County Health Department, community partners include the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), NAYA Youth and Family Center, The Children’s Institute, and OHSU’s Moore Institute.