Laurence Colman helps the most vulnerable members of a community. As Chief Medical Officer at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. (GOBHI), he oversees “wraparound initiatives” which work with children who have experienced trauma — neglect and physical, sexual or substance abuse — in their homes.
“Unfortunately, there is a great deal of trauma in the world,” he said of his work as a child psychiatrist. “Wraparound care initiatives aren’t just a quick fix, but instead they look at children in their settings at school, home and social environments — the chaotic and disruptive structures around them — to provide high levels of care.”
Thanks in part to the service capabilities offered by LS Networks, GOBHI received a $436,506 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant in 2014 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. The grant helps rural residents tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications, supporting both education and healthcare initiatives.