Columbia Pacific CCO launches new Community Resilience and Trauma Informed Care Impact Fund, empowering local trauma informed networks to decide which projects receive funding
$400,000 investment will create a fund at the Oregon Community Foundation to provide grants to trauma informed network member organizations in Clatsop and Columbia counties
(ASTORIA, Oregon) March 2, 2023—Today, Columbia Pacific CCO announced that it has created a new Community Resilience and Trauma Informed Care Impact Fund to support the work of trauma informed networks in its region, including Resilient Clatsop County and the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network. Columbia Pacific’s $400,000 investment will create an independent fund through the Oregon Community Foundation that trauma informed network members can apply to for grants beginning March 6th.
“By creating a fund outside of our CCO, we’re really hoping to position community organizations as the drivers of this work,” said Mimi Haley, Columbia Pacific CCO executive director. “The need for trauma informed services was identified by the community in our Regional Health Improvement Plan process back in 2019 and we’ve been steadily working with partners to build local capacity and supports since then. Having this kind of community-led funding mechanism is the next logical step in our collective work.”
The purpose of the fund is to provide monies needed to help bring projects online that can help Resilient Clatsop County and the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network implement their strategic plans.
“Both Clatsop and Columbia counties have high rates of abuse and limited cross-sector capacity to address childhood trauma,” said Angel Escobedo, Columbia Pacific senior program development specialist who provides the backbone support to the Resilient Clatsop County and the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network. “That’s why the work of these locally led networks is so important. They provide space for organizations across our area to come to the table and work toward collective impact. This work has the potential to change the trajectory of the families we serve today and future generations to come.”
The aim of the networks is to build resiliency in children and families by reducing the impact of “adverse childhood experiences” which have been shown to impact physical, social and emotional health over the course of a lifetime. Since launching the trauma informed networks, more than 61 organizations have joined.
Funding from Columbia Pacific is meant to seed the impact fund and create opportunities for local grants in 2023 and 2024. The networks will seek to sustain the fund by leveraging Columbia Pacific’s contributions to secure additional funding commitments from foundations, private donors and network member organizations.
As part of this initial funding effort, Columbia Pacific plans to make up to $100,000 of grant funding available in 2023 and again in 2024 for Resilient Clatsop County and the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network members—bringing total planned investments to $400,000 over the next two years.
The application process opens on Monday, March 6. Organizations must be members of either Resilient Clatsop County or the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network to qualify for funding.
There is no cost to joining one of these networks. Organizations interested in joining Resilient Clatsop County or the Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network are encouraged to visit the trauma informed network websites to learn more:
- Resilient Clatsop County: resilientclatsopcounty.org/get-involved/join-the-network/
- Columbia County Childhood Trauma Informed Network: columbiacountyctin.org/get-involved/join-the-network/
About Columbia Pacific CCO
Columbia Pacific CCO, part of the CareOregon family of companies, is proud to serve more than 35,000 Oregon Health Plan members living in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties. As a nonprofit coordinated care organization (CCO), we provide physical, dental and mental health care through a growing network of health care providers. Our priorities are guided by our local board of directors, community advisory councils and clinical advisory panel, and are informed by extensive community engagement. Columbia Pacific is committed to promoting the health of all those in our region. We focus on increasing access to language services, offering treatment for those experiencing substance use disorders, and fostering connections that promote social health.