Wallowa County, Oregon
The GLR Campaign recognizes Wallowa County, Oregon, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families.
Wallowa County is a frontier community with extreme geographic isolation, high levels of poverty and very limited resources. Despite these challenges, an innovative partnership between Winding Waters Clinic and Building Healthy Families has been supporting parent success, school readiness and holistic health through efforts such as parent education, developmental screenings, Reach Out and Read, and awareness campaigns. Through these efforts, Wallowa County has seen astounding improvements in school readiness through rates of developmental screenings, with 0% of children birth to age 5 receiving a developmental screening during well-child visits in 2012 to 100% of children birth to age 5 receiving a developmental screening in well-child visits in 2016.
Winding Waters Clinic serves 90% of Wallowa County’s low-income population and is making an incredible difference in promoting healthy child development and school readiness in the community.