I’m healthy! / ¡Soy sano!: Health care access program for immigrant children


I am writing from the Oregon Health Authority to share important information about a health care access program for immigrant children, which ends December 31, 2017.


The program is called I’m healthy! (¡Soy sano! in Spanish). It connects immigrant children to free primary and preventive health care services across our partner clinic network here in Oregon.


Children who qualify for I’m healthy! are:

  • Ineligible for full Oregon Health Plan benefits through the Oregon Health Authority and Qualified Health Plans through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace and
  • Under 19 years-old.


There’s a statewide network of I’m healthy! partners across Oregon–clinics and community-based organizations–that can help families connect to the program. You can find the directory of I’m healthy! partners and additional information at Because this is a statewide program, children can access care at any of our I’m healthy! partner clinics, regardless of where they reside. We know transportation can be a barrier to care, so some of our partners offer transportation support. Be sure to ask about this when contacting them.


I would love your partnership in helping to share information about I’m healthy! with your immigrant children and their parents. I have attached a flyer for your distribution. Additionally, please let me know if there is an opportunity to share information through local newsletters, early learning hub meetings, etc.


While I’m healthy! ends on December 31, 2017, the good news is that it will transition to the Cover All Kids program come January 1, 2018. We will be sharing information about Cover All Kids in the months ahead. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Thank you for your time and consideration!



Josie Silverman-Méndez, Oregon Health Authority


Collaboration Office Corner September 2017

Serving children furthest from opportunity is a tenant of Head Start. Our goal is to understand our communities, learn where the greatest needs and barriers exist for young children, and then work with their families to address those needs and give them a head start in school and in life. What do we mean by children furthest from opportunity? The beautiful thing about that terminology is that it can mean a different thing in every community. Embedded in our Performance Standards is the priority for children in poverty, children with disabilities, children who are without homes, and children in the Foster Care System. Our children of color and English language learners are definitely furthest from opportunity, and our rural and frontier families are also a far stretch from opportunity. Head Start programs also work with their parent driven Policy Councils to set areas of priorities for specific populations in their community that they feel are furthest from opportunity; teen parents, single parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, and so on.

Follow this link for a document that contains links for data on and information to support many of these populations that Head Start serves:

As the school year begins, and each of these children and their families join with our important work, I hope everyone who works in Head Start will take the time to set an intention to care for yourself while doing this important work. In doing this work the staff are the change agent, their ability to engage with children and families, their ability to reflect on what each child is needing; these are what will move the needle on how these families and their children succeed at school and life. In order to be that change agent, you need to care for yourself. Take a minute to review these resources on how to better at stress: or peruse this newsletter from the National Center on Health and Wellness: or one of our other resources on the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center:


Feel free to let me know if there are other things you would like to see in this corner.

Respectfully submitted by Shawna Rodrigues, LCSW
Oregon Head Start Collaborations Director

2018 Scholarships

Applicants, except graduating seniors, need to submit their application form to their local program. Your local program will likely require that the application be submitted in March or April. Please contact them for information. Local programs will screen applications and then the local program will submit applications to OHSA along with the State Confirmation Form. Parent and staff applications must be submitted through the program, they will be disqualified if sent directly to OHSA.

Graduating high school seniors, please apply for our scholarship through OSAC at

Board Elections

Elections to the OHSA Board for 2017-18 will occur on Thursday, November 2 at our Fall Conference. Click here to learn more about the expectations of OHSA Board Members. If you are interested in joining our board, please speak with your program Director and get your Candidate Form signed in advance. The process is much smoother if you arrive at the conference with your form completed. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Oregon Head Start Association, but you are not affiliated with a program please contact our Executive Director.

If you are considering running for a Region X Head Start Association (RXHSA) position, please be aware that they are two-year terms.

If you are interested in applying our OHSA Executive Board Orientation Module will familiarize you with the expectations of being an OHSA board member.

Collaboration Office Corner August 2017

Many of you are familiar with the annual needs assessment required of Oregon Head Start PreKindergarten programs, you may not be aware that the Head Start Collaboration Office has a similar requirement. The assessment by the state’s Collaboration Office looks at the needs of programs statewide; especially as they connect to priority areas and current initiatives.

A copy of the 2017 Oregon Head Start Collaboration Office Needs Assessment is attached for your review. An important highlight of this assessment is the need for support to local programs around increasing the duration of classroom school days and school year. It is also notable that the survey given to OPK directors showed their priority for the Collaboration Office was continued support around Memorandums of Understanding (as required by the Head Start Act) with other publicly funded preschool programs in their area, as well as continued collaboration with Spark (Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early care and education programs as well as child care providers).

I hope you all enjoy the last month of summer and that things are going smoothly as programs ramp up enrollment to prepare for the 2017-18 school year.

Feel free to let me know if there are other things you would like to see in this corner.

Respectfully submitted by Shawna Rodrigues, LCSW
Oregon Head Start Collaborations Director

July Collaboration Office Corner

June has been a busy month in Oregon’s Collaboration Office. Summer Institute was a great success and we look forward to sharing more data in regards to our participants once that comes available. Staff at the Early Learning Division, including our Interim Early Learning Systems Director David Mandell, were able to join Oregon’s Head Start Directors for the final morning of their three-day June meeting. This was a valuable opportunity for the two groups to learn more about the priorities for the coming biennium and map out how the Association and Early Learning Division can work together. Multiple workgroups were established and are being organized. Information from their work together will be shared at future Director’s meetings.

Work on Spark (Oregon’s quality rating and improvement system for child care) continues to move along steadily. We have released the second draft of the new Tiers and Standards; they can be found on the Early Learning Division website under the page for the Spark Revision Ad Hoc Committee; June meeting materials “Spark Standards draft 6-9- 17” (

The Early Learning Division is excitedly awaiting our new Early Learning Systems Director, Miriam Calderon. Miriam is set to begin in mid-July and is scheduled to meet with regional staff from the Office of Head Start in early November. There are various vacancies at the Early Learning Division which we hope to fill once the hiring freeze is lifted.

Feel free to let me know if there are other things you would like to see in this corner.

Respectfully submitted by Shawna Rodrigues, LCSW
Oregon Head Start Collaborations Director