Behavioral Health Specialist
Angela Franklin is an Older Adult Specialist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Options for Southern Oregon, serving Josephine County. Angela is a practicing Death Midwife and has worked with elders as a caregiver, hospice volunteer and community educator. She is dedicated to making sure the people in her region have access to resources and receiving the appropriate support, especially vulnerable populations, including elders and LGBTQ2+. Residing in rural southern Oregon for over 10 years, she brings deep respect and care for the Illinois Valley and Josephine County residents into her work through networking and linking resources. Her passion for outreach and education shows in Advanced Care Planning classes she holds regularly. She is a founder of Crossroads Community DeathCare, a community-driven organization based on practical death care, education, outreach, and community grieving support.
Angela attended Portland State University and Lindenwood University, and has completed training around the country in end-of-life support, herbalism, grief care and funerary planning. She teaches workshops in death care, advance care planning, shroud making, and various folk arts.
Angela Belew Jensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 35 years of experience across a variety of settings that include hospice bereavement support; managing her own counseling practice; creating tribal partnerships; and serving as an advocate for older adults.
Angela has been with the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative since 2015. Before coming to Josephine County in 2023, she served the Central Oregon region as an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist. Her areas of focus include dementia, social justice for older adults, and providing opportunities for education on the core competencies needed to confidently work with older adults across the health fields. Angela has created a YouTube channel to assist with educating providers. In her current role with Josephine County, she provides services via telehealth from her home in Houston, Texas.
In her time off, Angela can be found traveling, gardening, teaching English to Ukrainian refugees, curling up with a good read, or cheering on her favorite baseball team (the Houston Astros).
Jackson & Josephine Counties
Jackson and Josephine counties have a higher percentage of adults age 65+ compared to Oregon overall.
- Jackson and Josephine counties have a higher percentage of householders age 65+ living alone compared to Oregon overall.
- Josephine County has a higher ratio of mental health providers than Jackson and Oregon overall.
- Both Jackson and Josephine counties have a similar percent prevalence of depression as Oregon overall.
Medicare Fact Sheets
- Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 26,666
- Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 15,840
- Medicare Advantage (MA): 10,826