Current PrioritiesThe OHWN Circle of Partners has identified the following priorities for action:
- Child Wellness
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.
OHWN is supporting a food security initiative related to feeding children in schools that was the outcome of the Community Actions Workshop hosted by OHWN on February 22, 2018. OHWN provides support by convening stakeholders and community members and providing linkages to potential partnerships.
- Mental Health
A healthy community provides opportunities for positive mental health for all citizens and ensures there are appropriate prevention and mental health services. There is an urgent need to address the challenges faced by young adults with mental health issues in Oceanside, specifically around access to services and housing. OHWN raises awareness and brings local stakeholders together to work towards healthy vibrant communities including greater access to timely, integrated services for young adults living with mental health issues.
OHWN is co-sponsoring the Oceanside Youth Mental Health and Wellness Forum in May 2018 to hear from youth and young adults about their perspectives, needs and ideas on how the Oceanside community can better support them. The Forum is an outcome of the Community Actions Workshop, hosted by OHWN on February 22, 2018.
- 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.
As OHWN continues to grow and engage with the community, these priorities will be refined and additional priorities may be identified.