Columbia Pacific CCO awards Community Wellness Innovation Grants

This story was originally reported in the Chronicle Online

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $44,000 to two innovative community wellness programs in Columbia County.

The Columbia Pacific CCO board of directors created the Community Wellness Investment Fund to encourage innovation, collaboration and health care transformation in the communities it serves. The funds are designated to support local efforts that are sustainable and aligned with the local community’s priorities for addressing gaps in health care access and services.

Funds were awarded to the following projects and organizations:

  • CASA for Children, Inc. was awarded $30,000 to recruit, train and supervise new volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve foster children in Columbia County. CASA for Children’s goal is to provide high-quality advocacy for children and youth, shield them from the dangers of their situation and help them find a permanent home without further delay.

  • The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County was awarded more than $14,000 to fund a project called “Living Well with Chronic Conditions,” an evidence-based peer-led, self-management program where participants find practical ways to deal with pain, understand treatment choices and practice healthy behaviors.

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