FamilyCare Health Supports Local Community Health Projects

FamilyCare Health invests in a wide range of community-based projects across the region. These investments underscore FamilyCare’s commitment to work with our partners in improving the health of individuals, families, and communities.

2016 to Date

Capital Projects: 

Albertina Kerr, $150,000
Completion of the Albertina Kerr Campus for Children's Mental Health in Gresham. These funds will assist with the final phase construction costs, plus furnishings and equipment in the clinical facilities on the Children's Mental Health Campus. The Children's Mental Health Campus will sustain and improve access to mental health services for children and their families.

Central City Concern, $150,000
For renovation of deteriorated service spaces in CCC's Golden West building to increase clients served at the Old Town Clinic. Two programs -- the Imani Center (Afrocentric mental health and additions treatment) and the Benefits Entitlement Specialist Team (BEST) -- will be relocated to the expanded space. The relocation of these programs will in turn allow for projected growth in CCC Health Services and increase engagement of high-risk clients in primary care and behavioral health services. 

Capacity Building: 

Community Capitation Center, $58,649
For development of a new Spanish-language training state certified Community Health Worker (CHW) training curriculum on behalf of the Latino-Centric CHW Training Partnership. This group -- El Programa Hispano Católico, Latino Network, Nuestra Comunidad Sana, and Northwest Family Services -- will conduct the cultural adaptation and translation and co-facilitate the trainings. 

Latino Network, $64,500
For an Early Childhood Community Health Worker (CHW) who will provide direct linkages between children and families enrolled in their programs and primary healthcare services. The CHW will provide health workshops for parents, developmental screenings, and referrals to services for families participating in Latino Network's early childhood programs. 

Rosewood Clinic (YVFW), $85,197
For two Community Health Workers (CHWS) for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers' clinic to provide culturally appropriate, intensive, and individualized support in addressing social determinants of health and traumatic life events that their clients experience. 

Adelante Mujeres, $24,237
For increasing food security for Latina women and their young children. The grant will benefit those living in western Washington County who are enrolled in classes such as GED Prep in Spanish, computer skills, job training, and parenting and personal growth classes. This program is intended to (1) Increase Latino Families' consumption of fresh, local produce and, (2) Inform and refer participants to federal benefit programs in order to improve participants' food security. 


Benson Polytechnic High School/Benson Wellness Center, $79,700
The Benson Wellness Center (BWC) is a new school-based health center (SBHC) with the mission of keeping students physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy by providing acute, preventive, and chronic care on site. Until recently, Benson Polytechnic High School was the only Portland Public School located on the east side that did not have a health center on campus. Partnering with OHSU Family Medicine, Benson Tech will incorporate preventive health into the curriculum, removing barriers to student academic success. This grant will help fund the purchase of essential equipment and additional mental health services.  

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, $500,000
Cascadia will use this grant to support the redevelopment of an existing complex into a community wellness center which will provide primary health care, behavioral health services, and affordable housing at the current Garlington Center location in the Eliot neighborhood along Portland’s NE Martin Luther Way Blvd. corridor.

Central City Concern, $75,000
The purpose of the Community Health Outreach Worker Project is to use Community Health Workers to locate, provide outreach to, and engage those who have been assigned to Central City Concern for primary care but who have not engaged for services. The service area will primarily be the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood in Portland, but may include any location within Multnomah County where assigned and unengaged enrollees reside.

Gladstone Center for Children and Families (GCCF), 3-Year Total: $195,000
The Gladstone School District’s GCCF provides family resource coordination services which include medical home connections; tracking school attendance; follow through with treatment plans; holistic care-coordination; and conducting well child checks and developmental screenings using the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire). NW Family Services, as subcontractor of Gladstone School District, is the employer of the Family Resource Coordinator assigned exclusively to the Gladstone Center for Children and Families.

Housing with Services, LLC/Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC), $120,135
Housing with Services is a collaborative effort by AHSC, Cedar Sinai Park, Home Forward, REACH CDC, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, LifeWorks NW, Jewish Family and Child Services, and Sinai In-Home Care to provide enhanced health care and social services to the tenants of 11 affordable housing properties serving low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in downtown Portland. This grant will enable the collaboration to continue its navigation/care coordination services.

Human Solutions, $85,000
The new Rosewood Plaza is intended to improve low-income east Multnomah county families’ access to fully integrated health and dental care, safe and affordable housing, and health promotion opportunities in a new community room -- all under one roof. The new Wallace Medical Concern dental clinic will offer OHSU dental students a valuable training opportunity. This grant will provide educational equipment for the community room, dental supplies for the new clinic, and a portion of Resident Services Coordinator’s time.

Legacy Health/Unity Center for Behavioral Health, $2 million
In support of the need for critical behavioral health services, this grant will contribute to the construction of an estimated $50-million patient-centered emergency, inpatient and outpatient complex for adults and adolescents experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. The new Unity Center is a collaboration between Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, and Oregon Health & Science University.

LifeWorks NW, $50,000
LifeWorks will use these grant funds to advance the completion of the building housing the Project Network Program, a nationally recognized residential drug and alcohol recovery program which gives priority to pregnant and parenting women with young children. Culturally focused for African Americans, this program serves approximately 100 families annually who receive addiction and mental health services and learn critical life and parenting skills.  

Metropolitan Family Service and Wallace Medical Concern, $150,000
Metropolitan Family Service and Wallace Medical Concern have joined forces to help eliminate barriers to care and improve healthcare engagement. With this grant, through the use of Community Health Workers, the collaboration will assist newly insured community members, particularly Latino families with young children, to establish care, improve health engagement, and learn to better manage their own health.

Luke-Dorf/Northstar Club House, $80,000
Luke-Dorf, Inc. provides person-centered recovery services, trauma informed care, integrated dual disorder treatment, and supportive housing. This grant will help the Luke-Dorf’s NorthStar Clubhouse Program create a culinary training program, providing vital job training opportunities, as well as education, engagement, and support for a healthy and active lifestyle to 150 adults living with often diagnosed severe mental illnesses.

Northwest Family Services (NWFS), $105,000
With this financial assistance, NWFS will provide Peer Support Specialist (PSS) services which include support groups, anger management classes, and appropriate referrals for those who experience mental illness and addiction and their families, with a focus on serving the Latino community. In addition, as an approved Peer Support Training Program, NWFS will train additional certified PSS’s to serve the Portland metropolitan area.

Oregon Food Bank (OFB), $40,610
Oregon Food Bank was the beneficiary of a free flu shot campaign in which $5 per adult vaccinated during the 2014-2015 flu season was donated to OFB with the intent of increasing access to the influenza vaccine and reducing food insecurity as two complementary ways to improve community health. The $40,610 donation represented 8,122 free flu immunizations distributed to the community during a 12-week window. Funds were designated to be used for OFB education and teaching programs as well as the purchase of nutritious foods for community distribution.  

Outside In, $50,000
Outside In was awarded these funds to assist with the migration of their electronic health records to the OCHIN/EPIC system. This technology upgrade will enhance the delivery of primary care and integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment services for homeless youth and some of the other most vulnerable members of our community.

Project Access NOW, $50,000
In a collaborative effort with other funders, this regional outreach and enrollment project will provide health insurance literacy support to 5,000 enrollees; provide navigation services to assure coverage and access to 300 clients; carry out canvassing activities reaching at least 25,000 homes; deliver direct, targeted mailings to 60,000 homes; create a direct hand-off from hospitals and Coordinated Care Organizations through the C3 Community Assistance Program; and provide re-enrollment services to low-income people living in the tri-county Portland Metropolitan Area.

Quest Center (QC) for Integrative Health, $80,000
Quest serves those living with life-challenging illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, addiction, and mental health concerns. With the help of this grant, QC will pilot the Enhanced Access to Wellness, Integrity, and Sustainable Health Project, an alternative model for the pragmatic efficacy of non-opioid management of chronic pain. This integrated primary care and behavioral healthcare project is a collaborative effort with Rose City Urgent Care and Family Practice.

Schoolhouse Supplies/KGW School Supply Drive, $25,000 Challenge Grant
Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies, is funded through donations of individuals, corporate and private foundations, and fundraising events and programs. The purpose of this grant is to add to other donations intended to provide teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students and to provide school-supplies backpacks in September to the highest-need students and school communities. .

Schoolhouse Supplies, $107,800
In support of early childhood development and learning, Schoolhouse Supplies will use these funds to expand the number of school districts receiving classroom sets of basic musical instruments for approximately 250 classrooms available to the highest needs schools of the 25 school districts in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties. This project is intended to recognize music education as essential to healthy early childhood development. The project launch included an all-school children’s performance hosted by the Oregon Symphony to inspire the children to love music, support their daily learning, and give them a basis for continuing their music education.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (UWCW), 3-Year Total: $750,000 
UWCW and its partners are dedicated to eliminating racial and social disparities through kindergarten readiness and creating other opportunities for success in early childhood with a focus on children living in poverty and all children of color. These funds will be dedicated to that vision and purpose.

William G. Anderson Fund of the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), $250,000
AOF will use these grant funds to support scholarships which recognize outstanding minority osteopathic medical students. These students have committed to osteopathic principles and practices, have excelled academically, and have proven to be leaders in addressing the educational, societal, and health needs of special populations.

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