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Heather Murphy joins Children's Institute

Heather-MurphyHeather Murphy joins the Children’s Institute as its Early Works Site Liaison for Yoncalla and Rural Policy Advisor.

She has spent the past 14 years as the Executive Director of the Family Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove, which provides comprehensive family support services for families experiencing numerous stresses linked to abuse and neglect.

Murphy grew up in North Douglas County where the Yoncalla Early Works demonstration site is located and brings a deep understanding and commitment to issues affecting children and families in rural areas to her new position at the Children’s Institute.

“I have admired the work of the Children’s Institute for several years. They bring the proper partners to the table to tackle important issues affecting Oregon’s children,” says Murphy. “I am excited to provide a rural connection to this dynamic team. The projects that are happening in North Douglas County carry significance for so many rural communities that are struggling with similar issues. It is inspiring to witness citizens mobilizing around these efforts to provide opportunities for their children.”

“Heather is bringing an extraordinary level of passion and skill to the Children’s Institute,” says CI Director of Policy and Program Dana Hepper. “She will help us immeasurably in our goals for Yoncalla, and in our ambition to understand and serve all Oregon’s rural communities, families and children.”

Murphy is a City Councilor for the City of Cottage Grove and currently serves as Council President. She has served on numerous committees at the local, county and state levels focusing on early childhood programs, child abuse prevention, rural healthcare and education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon.


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