PORTLAND, Ore. — This summer, CareOregon has continued funding for community based organizations that focus on housing and adverse childhood experience (ACEs) as key determinants for health and well-being. A total of $215,000 was granted to six social services organizations that provide housing services and programming to address ACEs in children and families.
"CareOregon’s award will support at-risk Latinx youth to achieve academic excellence by addressing and supporting their social-emotional needs,” says Bridget Cooke, co-founder and executive director of Adelante Mujeres.
Program participant Jessica adds, “I'm in 12th grade. I've been in the program since middle school. It's given me a safe space where I feel like people can come and truly be themselves.”
CareOregon serves more than 275,000 Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members through its affiliation with three Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). Its vision of making health care work for everyone includes addressing the social and economic issues that have a major impact on our community’s health and entire health care system.
“Luke-Dorf’s Bridgeview Transitional Housing program has benefited greatly from enhanced nursing thanks to grants from CareOregon,” says Lindsay Downen, clinical director at Luke-Dorf. “We have been able to better communicate with specialist medical providers, hospice providers and primary care providers so the special needs of our most vulnerable population can be addressed with greater ease. CareOregon supports our belief that sustained housing is sustained health and that everyone benefits, from those who receive services to the public at large.”
“Good health means more than just treating people with prescriptions and bandages when they’re ill or injured,” says Jeremiah Rigsby, chief of staff at CareOregon. “All the medical treatment we can give in the clinic and hospital can be made ineffective — and often is — if the patient’s basic needs, such as food, housing and shelter, are not being met. We also have a greater understanding that a lifetime of negative physical, mental and societal effects can come from childhood trauma. Addressing these social and economic factors can have a positive impact on the work our physical, behavioral and oral health professionals are doing.”
The six funded proposals reflect the diversity of CareOregon’s service areas and membership. The projects or programs benefit members and organizations located in Jackson, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties. Two of the organizations, located in Washington County, are culturally specific and focused on Latinx families and youth.
The grants awarded this summer include:
Since 2016, CareOregon has awarded community nonprofit organizations nearly $4 million through its competitive grants program. This program and other community outreach efforts are an important part of fulfilling CareOregon’s mission of improving the health of its communities.
For information, contact Elise Burke, 503-416-3736, email@example.com