Community Health Worker Grads

gradclassOn August 27, our Community Health Worker (CHW) regional training center graduated 25 Certified CHWs, a first for the Gorge and a real step forward for the field. Here’s to the class and a special congrats to long time Health Promoter Maria Antonia (Toña) Sanchez. 

We are excited to be part of bringing Community Health Worker Training to the Gorge. “We Are Health” is a 90 hour certification training for Community Health Workers (CHWs). Participants who complete the rigorous training requirements are eligible for certification as a CHW in the state of Oregon. This training usually costs $2,000 but we secured funding to offer it for free.

Leaders for Tomorrow


Our 2014 Leaders taught kids about plastic bags and gave them reusable bags to use instead.

Our latest email newsletter features Leaders for Tomorrow, a unique leadership program that connects high school juniors and seniors to their communities. Now is the time to sign up in Hood River and The Dalles.

Summer Parenting Workshops

pocketFor parents of 2-6 year olds in The Dalles.
Incredible Years weekly classes in English start July 9. Snacks are provided. Explore new ways to deal with challenging behavior. Learn how to use “Pocket Full of Feelings.” By increasing your child’s intelligence and abilities, you get them ready for school success. Call Nancy at 541-436-0319, or toll free at 855-308-2236 to register.

For Spanish speaking parents.
Make Parenting A Pleasure in Spanish starts July 10 in Parkdale. A light dinner and childcare are provided for this free class series. Learn parenting skills, positive approaches to discipline, stress management and communication skills. Call Gabriel Muro at 541-490-6429 to enroll.

Photo Contest Deadline Extended to June 30!

2013 Photo Contest Winner, photographer Gary Fields

The Next Door has extended the deadline for their Photo Contest to June 30.There is still time to submit photos of children from birth to eight years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity. Eight photos will be chosen for a community photo display, and each of those eight photographers will receive a $50 gift certificate from G.Willikers Toy Store or Klindt’s Booksellers.

Photos must show an adult and a child interacting together, and must include a child age zero to eight years. All photos must be in JPG format, with a minimum of 300 dpi. Entry forms and details are at

Photo Contest 2014 Begins

One of last year's winning photos--by Karin Tauscher

One of last year’s winning photos–by Karin Tauscher

Attention parents! Want to display your very own family moments in our local libraries? How about a $50 gift card from Klindt’s Booksellers or G.Willikers Toy Store? We are celebrating “Oregon Parenting Education Week” by having our second annual Photo Contest. Entry forms and details are at