The OHWN Circle of Partners has identified the following priorities for action:
Children need sufficient access to healthy food to learn, grow and thrive. OHWN is concerned about child poverty statistics in our region making it difficult for many families to access healthy and affordable food. OHWN will focus on improving food security for school-aged children and youth by supporting systems change, facilitating greater access to food, and raising awareness about poverty, food insecurity and healthy eating in Oceanside.
A healthy community includes appropriate prevention services and support for people living with mental health issues and for people struggling with substance use. OHWN recognizes that there are increasing demands on the limited community resources that support mental health and substance use in Oceanside. OHWN is working on gathering local statistics that accurately reflect the need in the community, and will raise awareness and bring stakeholders together to take collective action on mental health and substance use.
OHWN Network Development
Community-based health networks like OHWN play an important role in addressing complex health issues through collective action. Strategic engagement with agencies, organizations and individuals will help us stay grounded in the issues that truly matter most to residents of Oceanside and help to mobilize action. Within this priority area, OHWN will monitor and evaluate the structure of the network, develop and implement plans for community outreach and stakeholder engagement, and identify opportunities to ensure the sustainability of OHWN.
See our Links page for reports and resources related to these, and more, priority areas.
As OHWN continues to grow and engage with the community, these priorities will be refined and additional priorities may be identified.