The Columbia Gorge Health Council is announcing a Call for Grant Applications. Grant Proposals are due between 8am September 1st, 2017 and 5pm September 15th, 2017 Pacific Time.
The Community Grant Program is made possible by shared savings from the PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), providing Oregon Health Plan services to residents of Hood River and Wasco Counties. The Community Grant Program is intended to support local organizations in addressing identified needs from in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the CCO Quality Incentive Metrics and/or the CCO Transformation Plan and benefit Columbia Gorge CCO Medicaid recipients in addition to the community at large.
More details can be found at Community Grant Program
In 2016, the Columbia Gorge region passed 11 of the 18 quality measures resulting in a 70% payout. This is in contrast to achieving 17 out of 17 measures and receiving 100% of payout in 2015. While performance on quality measures improved for most metrics, the improvements did not always meet the targets for 2016. Performance on clinical measures in the Columbia Gorge CCO was the highest in the state in three areas: follow-up care for people who have been hospitalized for mental health conditions, Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Access and Immunizations. While the Gorge achieved the highest performance for Immunizations statewide, the final result was below the target and therefore considered not passing.
Quality measures are used by the OHA to determine how successful CCOs have been at improving care, making quality care accessible, eliminating health disparities, and curbing the rising cost of health care for the populations they serve. For a full report of the 2016 Quality Performance, check here.
The Columbia Gorge—a vast rural area larger than the state of Connecticut with only 75,000 people—is characterized by extremes. Not far from the coffeehouses and boutiques are remote towns where some residents live in poverty and the nearest doctor’s office may be an hour away. Orchards produce a bounty —but 1 out of 5 people report running out of food on a regular basis. To bridge those disparities, the people of the Columbia Gorge region turned an ordinary requirement from Oregon lawmakers into an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health and wellness of all residents. Read more about our story >>