2017 Letter to applicants

Dear Applicant:

Columbia Pacific CCO is a Coordinated Care Organization serving Oregon Health Plan members in Columbia, Clatsop, and Tillamook Counties. Through development of a Community Health Improvement Plan, Columbia Pacific CCO has identified three priority areas for improving health. They are Obesity, Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Specifically, the identified areas of potential focus are: to decrease obesity through improved nutrition and food access; to improve mental health through crisis management and suicide prevention; to reduce substance abuse by decreasing alcohol abuse in transition age youth, and tobacco use by pregnant women. The promotion of health and wellness are foundational to all goals and strategies.

The Community Wellness Investment Funds (CWIF) application process has been modified over the last three years to reflect the CCO’s increased partnerships in the community, to support improved access to health opportunities at the community level for those who are low income or live in poverty, and to meet the population health goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan in a way that is participatory and educational.

In order to meet the need for increased inclusivity and shared decision making, community advisory councils members are now participating in the recruitment of applicants, review and rating of local proposals, and making recommendations to the CCO regarding the awarding of grant funds.

In 2017, CWIF applicants will be required to work with their local CCO Community Advisory Councils in each county as they complete the grant application. This will include staff support to create the proposal (as requested), and making a brief presentation of the proposal to local advisory council members. Recommendations from the local councils will go to the CCO’s Regional Advisory Council, which will make the final recommendations for funding.

No organization will receive support as the lead for more than one grant. Emphasis will be on projects that are collaborative, sustainable, and integrative with a preference for community-based solutions including those that address the social determinants of health. Proposals that include regional collaboration to address a specific health issue are encouraged and will receive prioritized consideration.

In order to be considered for funding, all proposals must be complete. Grant proposals can be submitted at any time throughout 2017, and will go through a review process in May and October. Funded proposals in 2017 can receive one or two of years of funding with annual reports due to the CCO. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant request within 30 days of each bi-annual review process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Mimi Haley
Executive Director

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