Lake County has always been strong. From the Northern Paiute who hunted and foraged on this land centuries ago to the pioneer settlers who raised families and livestock here, Oregon's Outback has never been a place for the weak.
But strength can take many forms.
Outback Strong aims to create a healthier Lake County by expanding our understanding of "strength." Our historical attitude of rugged pioneer toughness can be a barrier when it comes to taking preventive measures to remain healthy or to seeking healthcare except in emergency situations. Outback Strong wants to engage and empower people to take charge of their health and well-being to stop problems before they start.
In January 2017, the Lake County Community Advisory Council (CAC) was awarded three grants through Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization to address specific health needs in Lake County. The CAC represents local agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who have a vested interest in improving the health and well-being of Lake County residents.
From the start, Outback Strong was conceived as an initiative that is larger than any one entity. It is not a Lake Health District campaign or a Lake County Public Health campaign. Rather, Outback Strong represents a collaboration between broad-based community partners who all support building a stronger, healthier Lake County.
what we support
Because it was was created with support from grant dollars, Outback Strong includes some specific projects and programs:
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Adolescent well-care visits
- Diabetes management
- Effective contraceptive use
- Developmental screenings
Outback Strong also supports projects and programs that encourage community health and well-being.
- Outback Strong Summer Food Program
Learn more about these programs on our Projects page.
have an idea?
If you have an idea for a project or program that could be a good fit for Outback Strong, please fill out the form below.