Columbia Pacific CCO awards projects within Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties that improve the health of the community, drawing upon best practices and other innovations. The Community Wellness Investment Fund (CWIF) supports innovative, local and sustainable solutions that address health equity and social determinants of health, in one or more of the eight improvement priorities identified in the Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP).
“We have awarded some great projects that support efforts focused on improving health and well-being, which are sustainable and aligned with the RHIP.” said Nancy Knopf, community health partnership manager for Columbia Pacific CCO.
“Our updated RHIP advances health and well-being and will be used in our planning process for the next five years. Within the plan, we have identified eight priority areas for improving health in the region.” Knopf continued.
The eight priority areas include:
- Community resilience and trauma informed care
- Access to care: primary care
- Access to care: behavioral health
- Access to care: oral health and dental care
- Access to care: social safety net
- Chronic disease prevention
- Suicide prevention
The following projects were funded in Clatsop County:
- Clatsop Community Action (CCA) – Social Determinants Alignment Program, $25k
Based on Providence Seaside Hospital’s successful Community Help Desk model, CCA will launch a similar resource desk located in the community. Community Help Desks help align community resources to support individual’s social determinants of health needs and serves as a bridge between multiple teams, including housing, energy assistance, food and case management to improve health outcomes in low-income individuals in the community.
- Clatsop County Public Health – Harm reduction program, $25k
This project is designed to maintain the evidence-based harm reduction program that has effectively been serving people in Clatsop County with clean needles and other supplies, including naloxone, which can be used to reduce risk for disease and drug overdose. The project also offers support to seek supports and services for substance use disorder.
- Clatsop County Master Gardeners Associations – Seed to Supper Program, $500
The goal of this program is to equip participants for success in low-cost vegetable gardening. The Seed to Supper is a program of the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service. The program will teach participants how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and how to incorporate these fresh and healthy ingredients in to their diet.
- Clatsop County 4H and Oregon State University Extension Service – Food Hero Campaign Implementation at Astoria School District, $25k
Food Hero is a multi-channel social marketing program from OSU Extension, which aims to help low-income Oregonians improve their health through the consumption of fruits and vegetables to reduce obesity rates by providing school-based education strategies that support increased access to affordable, healthy food options in the school environment.
- South County Community Food Bank – Food Bank Transport Vehicle Replacement, $7.5k
The South County Community Food Bank picks up and delivers food from CCA and other community partners with a 1996 Food Box truck that has approximately 216,000 miles. This grant, along with other community grants, will be used toward replacement of the vehicle.
- Clatsop County CASA Programs, Inc. – CASA Volunteer Training and Supervision, $7.5k
The Clatsop County CASA Program in Astoria is appointed to represent every foster child in Clatsop County. CASA supports and advocates for every foster child in Clatsop County. This grant will be used to recruit additional volunteers, provide training and supervision for those volunteers.
The following projects were funded in Columbia County:
- Community Action Team – Parenting Education and Support, $25k
This project will support Child and Family Development Parenting Education to continue to offer “Nurturing Parenting” programming at low or no cost to participants. This evidence-based parenting education series is designed for families in crisis, families in transition, families with young children and the general public. Being a part of a 15- to 17-week parenting education class builds community accountability and a sense of belonging. Child care and a meal is provided for each session.
- CASA for Children, Inc. – Building Resiliency in Foster Youth, $25k
Child welfare cases in Columbia County are complex, and the courts and DHS are overwhelmed. CASA supports and to serves every foster child with a court-appointed special advocate. This grant will be used to recruit volunteers, train and supervise volunteers as well as maintaining strategic engagement with the Childhood Trauma Informed Network.
- Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) – The Jordan Center, $25k
The Jordan Center was founded in 2012 to serve the needs of clients of CCMH and community members seeking support and or alternatives to traditional mental health services. This grant will be used to expand the center to include drop-in services for adults with behavioral health issues. CCMH intends to partner with the Community Action Team and St. Helens Recreation department to make the difference of those living on the streets, re-entering the community, or seeking healthy socialization alternatives from often dangerous living environments.
- Oregon State University Extension -- Food Hero Foster Families Project, $25k
This project is aimed at expanding current Food Hero project to include the newly developed “Nourished and Thriving” tool kit developed by the Spoon Foundation. The trauma informed tool kit specifically addresses the nutritional and feeding challenges that many foster youth experiences. This project will implement and evaluate the program for use in other areas of the state.
- Columbia Pacific Food Bank – Fresh Produce Distribution, $15k
This project will be used to increase the amount of fresh produce that is available to low-income residents of Columbia County. The agency delivers fresh produce to community partners and agencies throughout the County to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables on a consistent basis. This grant will allow the agency to explore more distribution sites to further expand the program.
- Wildflower Play Collective – Wildflower Play Collective/Start Up, $25k
Wildflower Play Collective is a nonprofit, play-focused Family Resource Center launching in South Columbia County. Modeled on the successful St. Johns SwapnPlay in Portland, the collective is a sliding-scale, membership based indoor play and community space with a swap closet for trading gently-used kid’s gear and clothing – a combination children’s museum and family resource center.
The following project has been funded in Tillamook County:
- CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties – Ensuring Services to Foster Children/Youth, $20,090
CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties will model a successful service project that was implemented in another CASA program in Oregon. The focus of the project is to ensure timely assessments, access to appropriate services, tracking of needs and barriers to services, outcome of services and increase academics. CASA would like to hire a service coordinator who will be responsible for case management/tracking of services, requesting records prior to court hearings, ensuring attendance at all relevant community partner and school meetings, tracking progress and identifying barriers to service and gaps in care.
*The service area of CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties is both Lincoln and Tillamook counties. This grant will be restricted for use only in Tillamook County.
About Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization
Established in September 2012, Columbia Pacific CCO coordinates health services for more than 24,000 Oregon Health Plan members in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. For more information, please visit www.colpachealth.org.