CareOregon grants to address lifelong fallout of childhood trauma

Astoria, Ore. — CareOregon has awarded Connect the Dots Clatsop County a $37,000 grant to support a five-school-district collaborative to address the effects of childhood trauma in the Clatsop County schools. Connect the Dots is the 501(C)3 nonprofit agent for the Clatsop County Way to Wellville Strategic Advisory Council.

CareOregon also made a $53,000 grant to the Columbia Service Center/Northwest Regional Education Service District to support a similar collaborative in the five Columbia County school districts; and $9,672 to Tillamook School District.

These were among the $459,000 in grants recently awarded by CareOregon to help mitigate the consequences of childhood trauma, not only on health but in social and academic performace as well. CareOregon, a national leader in health care innovation, is the parent company of Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, which serves Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

CareOregon’s fall round of community benefit grants—$335,000 for large development investment grants of up to $80,000, and $124,095 in capacity investment grants of up to $20,000—focus on programs and projects that address and treat the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs.

The grants were awarded to organizations located within the service areas of CareOregon’s partner Oregon Health Plan Coordinated Care Organizations: Columbia Pacific CCO, Jackson Care Connect and Health Share of Oregon.

In addition to the two grants in the Columbia Pacific CCO service area, the larger grants awarded include:

  • Family Nurturing Center, $80,000 to support the Jackson County relief nursery’s comprehensive family support program. The program works with the community's highest-risk families with children 5 and younger.
  • Lutheran Community Services, $65,000 to support the Refugee Family Resiliency Program in the Portland area.
  • Black Parent Initiative, $50,000 to support the 2017 Pre-Birth through First 1000 Days Initiative in the Portland Metro area. CareOregon funds will cover expanded home visiting staff, the Black Family Resource Coordinator and stipends for community mentors.
  • Pathfinders of Oregon, $50,000 to support the Center for Family Success. Pathfinders works in the Portland area to improve outcomes for children of justice-involved parents through support programs that focus on self-sufficiency and family reunification.

“Over the past few years, there has been profound evidence that negative experiences in the early years of life can have a lifetime of consequences for an individual’s physical, mental and social health,” said Martin Taylor, CareOregon’s executive director of Public Policy and Community Relations. “The more adverse childhood experiences someone faces, the greater the lifelong risk for illness, poor academic performance and even incarceration.”

Both state and federal health authorities monitor eight categories of ACEs: household substance abuse, verbal abuse, parental separation or divorce, physical abuse, household mental illness, violent treatment of mother, sexual abuse and incarcerated household member. They’ve found the same long-term risks: heart disease,stroke, diabetes, asthma, mental distress, depression, smoking, disability, reduced income, unemployment and lower educational attainment.

“Columbia Pacific CCO is working hard to support health care providers, hospitals and community stakeholders that recognize and address the effects of ACEs,” said Nancy Knopf, Columbia Pacific Community Health Partnership Manager. “We’re going beyond the doctors’ offices and into the schools and the community. We’re particularly excited that our staff will be working closely with our community partners in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties as they utilize their grant funds to develop trauma-informed care in the schools.”


For information about CareOregon or CareOregon’s community benefit grants, contact Jerry Rhodes, 503-416-3718,

For information about Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, contact Patti Atkins,

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