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Health and Wellbeing Partnership

The Ashland Health and Wellbeing Partnership was developed by the Chamber with funding support provided by Asante Ashland Community Hospital. This partnership includes individual businesses, organizations, the City of Ashland, Southern Oregon University, the Ashland School District, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, United Way of Jackson County, Asante Ashland Community Hospital among others. 

We believe health and wellbeing is a community driver that influences our quality of life. We believe health is more than healthcare. Health is a state of physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of illness. 

We believe in creating a healthy environment that is life sustaining for future generations. Epidemiology tells us that the health of one generation impacts the next. We want a community that supports wellbeing for our children’s children.

Overall wellbeing is measured by success in 5 key categories:

  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve goals
  • Social: Having supportive relationships in your life
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security. This includes food security, managing money and living within means, and stress and worry associated with money. 
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community

People thriving in all five categories (versus just physical) are:

  • 36% more likely to report full recovery after hardship
  • Over 2x more likely to exhibit adaptability to change
  • 23% more likely to have donated to charity 
  • 43% more likely to have volunteered

Mission: The Ashland Wellbeing Partnership exists to inspire, entice, promote and support behavior, knowledge and environmental changes that make it easier for people who live, learn, work and/or play in Ashland to achieve their greatest wellbeing.

Vision: Our Vision is to create an environment that entices, engages and supports our community with equitable opportunities to strive for an achieve our greatest wellbeing.

Health Care

Health Care is one of the largest industries in the country and is projected to continue to expand. Advances in technology and greater emphasis on cost-effectiveness have led to changes in the structure, organization and delivery of health care services. For example, while hospitals traditionally were the primary providers of acute care, advances in technology, along with cost controls, have shifted much care from inpatient settings to ambulatory or community based settings, nursing facilities and home health care settings. Three key health care industry trends are apparent in Oregon: (1) Technological advances and innovative practices will improve delivery of health care services and the high demand for health care workers will remain. (2) The shift from inpatient, institutionalized care to outpatient services and preventive care continues to move along the continuum as alternative, holistic approaches to health care develop. Unlike other states, Oregon spends more Medicaid dollars on home and community based services than on institutional care provided in nursing homes. (3) The greatest challenge to U.S. health care in the 21st century is the aging population of Baby Boomers who will require increased medical care and services.
The Employment Department expects private health care and social assistance employment to continue to grow 20% from 2017 to 2027, adding 49,500 jobs in Oregon. Job opportunities within the health care industry are not limited to just traditional health care occupations. Health care institutions will need many accountants, personnel specialists, file clerks, secretaries, food service staff, housekeepers and others. Demand for workers not only depends on the needs of the population but also on how providers, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health and others decide to use health workers in delivering care. Demographic pressures associated with an aging population are expected to both increase demand for health care services as well as the number of job openings from workers retiring.
The health care and social assistance industry in Ashland is strong and growing with 157 firms, an average annual pay of $45,062 and total payroll of $60,744,027 in 2017.
Source: Oregon Employment Department
For more than a century, Providence Medford Medical Center has provided exceptional health care to people throughout southern Oregon and northern California. As part of the third largest health care system in the country, Providence Medford’s team of physicians, nurses and caregivers fulfill the promise of their mission and work to improve health in all our communities. For information, call 541-732-5000 or visit us at

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Ashland has attracted a wide variety of alternative and complementary health care practitioners as well as a large percentage of residents who value them. Not only are there the allopathic health care facilities mentioned in this section, there is also an abundance of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Physicians, Acupuncturists, Homeopaths, and Massage Therapists. Many find Ashland to be a safe and healthy community to raise their families by virtue of the options regarding complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with their allopathic medical care choices. With massage therapists who practice everything from Reiki to Rolfing, pediatric to orthopedic chiropractic care, acupuncturists specialized from fertility to sports medicine, and naturopathic physicians in private practices, hospitals, and community health centers, Ashland invites people interested in proactive prevention and comprehensive healthcare.
Rogue Community Health / Ashland

Rogue Community Health (formerly Community Health Center) was founded in 1972 as the result of concerned community residents in Ashland, Oregon, coming together to solve a problem. Today, the nonprofit organization provides affordable primary and preventive health care services for people of all ages and backgrounds through clinics in Ashland, Butte Falls, Medford, Prospect and White City. The mission remains to promote the health of low-income, working uninsured, and other vulnerable adults and children in Jackson County, Oregon.
Rogue Community Health best serves lower income uninsured or underinsured individuals and families.  Their vision is to be a leader in reducing barriers to achieving optimal health and to support workforce development.  They offer an integrated health model of care that considers all medical and social aspects to patients’ lives to achieve wellness.  A generous sliding-fee scale is available to assist those qualified.

For information, (541) 773-3863 or  
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