Our Approach

Place Matters-Clatsop County

Where we live, work, play and learn matters to our physical, mental and emotional health. Much can be done to create and maintain healthy communities in Clatsop County and beyond. Communities that support people in making healthy choices help prevent the chronic diseases that diminish individual lives and take away from the vitality of our state.

"We can build and shape our own community" - Place matters Planning Committee - Clatsop County

Building a movement for all people in Clatsop County, Oregon to live, work, play, learn and age in communities that support health and optimal quality of life.


Our Story

Place Matters Clatsop County 2020 is postponed indefinitely due to the COVID -19 pandemic.  The planning team appreciates the support from all the partners and people who make this happen.  We will be updating this as the plans evolve.



The first Clatsop County Place Matters conference was held on June 4, 2019, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.  Keynote speaker Debra Furr-Holden, PhD,  Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint Campus, introduced the audience to the concepts of how where we live, work, play, and age, affects our health and what communities can do to improve it.  



Ari Basil-Wagner, Director of Organizational Development at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc, was our second presenter and helped to bring Dr. Furr-Holden's big picture ideas a local focus. Download Ms. Basil-Wagner's slide show by clicking the link below.

Ari Basil-Wagner Slide Show