Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $57,000 to seven innovative community wellness programs. 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:
- Clatsop Community Action was awarded $15,000 to help families with safe, affordable housing and basic living needs.
- Columbia County Public Health was awarded $7,500 to increase capacity and develop a sustainable business model for the Vernonia Health Center.
- Vernonia Health Center was awarded $7,500 to hire a Facility Program director to build interagency agreements.
- Astoria Parks and Recreation was awarded $5,000 to develop the Astoria Wellness Challenge, a health and fitness pilot program that includes multiple partners.
- Reedsport Community Charter School was awarded $10,000 to develop On Track, a peer-to-peer mentoring program for at risk freshman students to improve graduation rates.
- Tillamook Regional Medical Center was awarded $7,500 for consulting, technical assistance and training for developing a community wide system to improve health outcomes for high-risk patients.
- Northwest Regional Education Service District was $5,000 for suicide prevention and intervention training for elementary through high school students and teachers in Columbia County.