Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Karen Joplin, Chair, Columbia Gorge Health Council
(541) 308 5526,

Kathy Jost, PacificSource
(541) 684-5283,

PacificSource Community Solutions and Columbia Gorge Health Council Award More Than $1.3 Million in Health-focused Grants

Transformation Funds Build Health in the Columbia Gorge

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.)— PacificSource Community Solutions and the Columbia Gorge Health Council recently announced more than $1.3 million in one-time transformative investments in health promotion and local health care services in the greater Columbia Gorge area. The grants will promote high quality healthcare that also allows patients to have a more convenient, better coordinated, and more cost-effective experience.

Together, PacificSource and Columbia Gorge Health Council lead the PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), which includes nearly every healthcare provider in the region and currently serves members of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Oregon’s Medicaid program.

Among the grant recipients is the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program. Through PCPCH certification, primary care clinics are better able to meet their patients’ needs by adding professionals such as pharmacists, counselors, and health coaches to their clinic teams. Clinics also commit to improving the availability of appointments, adding other types of support through phone and email, and coordinating and monitoring patient health between clinic visits. More than 90 percent of Hood River and Wasco County OHP members today receive care through a primary care clinic that has achieved one of the top two certifications under Oregon’s PCPCH program.

By investing in PCPCH, these organizations expect to see immediate benefits to local OHP members, as well as long-term improvements in the care that clinics in the Coordinated Care Organization can provide to the community in the future. A few of the major initiatives that are being invested in include:

  • Integrating pharmacists into primary care clinics
  • Incorporating mental health specialists in primary care practices 
  • Adding physical health services in settings that currently provide mental health care
  • Training for care coordinators in primary care clinics
  • Creating a technology network to provide secure information exchange among health care providers, social services providers and patients

In addition, transformation funds were allocated to support new services and higher levels of support for people most at risk due to their health conditions or life situation. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Utilizing Community Health Workers to assist patients with complex conditions
  • Providing meal delivery for fragile patients following surgery
  • Expanding the number of peer support specialists in the community
  • Educating patients and providers on best practices for chronic pain management

Many proposals were from community members to work beyond traditional health care domains to improve the health of the community. In the future, we will aspire to be a strong partner in implementing more of these projects. At this point, the following projects have received transformation funding:

  • Community Action Coalition for Reducing Childhood Obesity
  • Training for social services and providers on Emotional Literacy for children 
  • Outreach for new OHP members and re-enrollment support for continuing members


Brief description

Participating organizations

Clinical pharmacy services

Three pilots for detailed medication review for patients with complex medication regimens

Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, One Community Health – The Dalles & Hood River, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, MTMCare, PacificSource Community Services

Integrated care pilot

Four pilots for improving the integration of primary care and mental health services

Mid-Columbia Outpatient Clinics -Columbia Hills & Columbia Crest Family Medicine, One Community Health – The Dalles & Hood River, Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, Mid-Columbia Center for Living

Care management training

Nursing education program through OHSU

Mid-Columbia Outpatient Clinics

Secure Health Information Exchange

Secure connections with the provider and social service networks to support care coordination

Primary care clinics serving OHP clients, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Hood River & Wasco Health departments.

Community Health Worker outreach

Outreach and support for select CCO members

The Next Door as coordination point

Community Health Worker Capacitation Center for the Columbia Gorge

Establish local training center for Community Health Workers, Case Managers, Outreach Workers, Front-line staff that deliver services that promote health and well-being

The Next Door as coordination point

Social service network coordination

Utilize standard practices to connect members to social services


Meals on Wheels for post-op patients

Prescription-based meal delivery program for select  CCO members following surgery

Meals on Wheels in The Dalles and referring providers with patients in The Dalles area

Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Training

Peer support training for twenty community residents who meet criteria.

Any qualifying peer support staff in Hood River and Wasco Counties

Chronic Pain Education for Providers

Comprehensive Provider training on best known techniques for treating patients living with chronic pain

MCMC as coordination point with all prescribing providers in Columbia Gorge CCO

Chronic Pain Education for Patients

Comprehensive 8 week course series helping select patients live with chronic pain

Water’s Edge facility and any qualifying OHP member in the Columbia Gorge CCO

Health screening of new members

Proactive completion of health screenings and early inventions newly enrolled CCO members

PacificSource Community Solutions in concert with local provider organizations

Oregon Health Plan re-enrollment strategy

Targeted outreach to CCO members to encourage re-enrollment

PacificSource Community Solutions in concert with local organizations

Community Action Plan for Childhood Obesity

Comprehensive wellness program with Wasco County middle school children to improve weight control

North Central Public Health District, North Wasco County Elementary Schools

Transforming Health through Emotional Literacy

Education for children, ages 2 -7, and those individuals who impact them the most to improve health through better communication

YOUTHTHINK, Wasco County as lead organization for training

About the Columbia Gorge Health Council:

The Columbia Gorge Health Council consists of healthcare, county, and other community leaders in Hood River and Wasco Counties who work together to recommend and guide solutions and improvements to the region’s healthcare system. They work in partnership with PacificSource Community Solutions to guide the area’s Coordinated Care Organization as well as develop strategies and policies to address the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the region.

About PacificSource Community Solutions:

PacificSource Community Solutions serves Medicaid members through its coordinated care organizations in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. It is part of the PacificSource family of companies, which has a 77-year history and reputation for taking great care of people. PacificSource employs 700 people, and serves more than 300,000 members with individual, employer, Medicare, and Medicaid plans throughout the Northwest.

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Last updated 3/5/2014