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About Us

We are the Gorge Wellness Alliance, a group of local health advocates and community members. Our mission is to promote compassion for every person in the Gorge because we believe that we can create a stigma-free culture in our community.

Nearly 40% of adults and 25% of youth in the Columbia Gorge are living with a mental health condition, including drug/alcohol problems. But many don’t seek help due to stigma. This is a major problem in our rural, bi-state community. Our goal is to combat this stigma.

Cultivate: Compassion seeks to instigate positive conversations in our community around mental health and substance abuse. Our hope is that the courage shown by Emily, Levi, Richard, Shannon, Jerry and Destiny inspires all that hear their story.

Together, we can cultivate a more compassionate and stigma-free community.

Let’s talk. Let’s listen. Let’s cultivate compassion.


For more information, contact Gorge Wellness Alliance Project Manager Colleen Regalbuto at cregalbuto@hotmail.com

One Community Health founded the Gorge Wellness Alliance in 2018. The “Cultivate: Compassion” mini-documentary and its launch are funded by:

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We also appreciate the support of:

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