OCDC has an open board member position! Check out the Leadership page in the About Us section for more information! ¡OCDC tiene un puesto vacante de miembro de la Mesa Directiva! ¡Vaya a la página de Liderazgo en la sección Acerca de Nosotros para obtener más información!

Other Resources

OCDC partners with other resources to help meet the needs of families, ensuring safe and happy families.

Check out the resource programs listed below and the additional links to other resources available through a variety of organizations and partners.

Xochitl’s Story: Parent at OCDC

Safe Sleep Resources Program

OCDC and Cribs for Kids® have partnered in Oregon to help prevent infant sleep-related deaths. Because all infants deserve a safe sleep environment, the program provides Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs and accompanying sheets to families who would otherwise go without. OCDC also provides sleep sacks to be used instead of blankets during infant sleep time. Using sleep sacks instead of blankets prevents infant sleep-related deaths.

Due to funding limitations, we can no longer provide free cribs to families, but we can provide cribs with sheet sets for the very reduced price of $75. If you are an OCDC family and cannot afford this price, please talk to a Family Advocate at your local center to see if there’s a way we can help you get a crib for your baby.

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Safe Kids Oregon

Safe Kids Oregon is the Oregon coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

Launched in 1995, Safe Kids Oregon focuses on one specific problem: More children ages 19 and under die from unintentional injuries (motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, and other causes) than from any other cause.

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What We Do

Safe Kids Oregon promotes positive changes in attitudes, behaviors, and the environment. Our statewide network provides injury prevention information, safety devices, activities, and events to empower local communities to prevent childhood injury. We bring together health and safety experts, corporations, foundations, governments, parents, and community volunteers to educate and protect children and their families. It takes a multi-faceted campaign (grassroots outreach, education, media, and public policy efforts) to reach thousands of children and their families with life-saving interventions.


Safe Kids Injury Risk Areas

  • Motor vehicle occupant safety
  • Drowning prevention and water safety
  • Fire and burns prevention
  • Bicycle/wheeled sports safety and helmet protection
  • Falls prevention
  • Poison prevention
  • Suffocation prevention
  • ATV injury prevention

Contact Us


State Coordinator: Karen Ayers
karen.ayers@ocdc.net, (503) 913-0157


Oregon currently has four local coalitions. Contact the coalition nearest you to learn how they can help support injury prevention in your area. If you are interested in establishing a local coalition, please contact the State Coordinator to learn more.

Safe Kids Portland Metro

Coalition Coordinator: Lucie Drum
lucie.drum@amr.net, (503) 736-3479

Safe Kids Columbia Gorge
Coalition Coordinator: Michael Holloran
michael.holloran@osp.oregon.gov, (541) 980-1019

Safe Kids Washington County
Coalition Coordinator: Kassie Keller
kassondra.keller@hillsboro-oregon.gov, 503-681-6273

Safe Kids West Oregon
Coalition Coordinator: Jim Cole
jcole3@peacehealth.org, (541)-222-1787

Mesothelioma Hope – Talking to Kids about Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult for a family to navigate. It can be especially difficult to tell your child that their loved one has terminal cancer. That said, there are many ways to support your children as they face the challenge of a sick loved one.

Mesothelioma Hope is an advocacy organization that provides educational resources, support, and information to families searching for guidance. To learn more about tips you can use when talking to your children about cancer, visit mesotheliomahope.com.