In April 2013, the Oregon Health Authority received a 42-month grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation for its State Innovation Models: Model Testing Initiative (SIM). The SIM grant aims to support ongoing health system transformation, and spread Oregon’s coordinated care model to other payers. Learn more about the SIM grant.
A portion of SIM funds have been directed to the Public Health Division to:
- Enhance disease and risk factor surveillance systems;
- Support the development of the Oregon Public Health Assessment Tool, and;
- Provide grants to local public health and Coordinated Care Organization partnerships to address population health.
Community Prevention Grants Awarded
In December 2013, four partnerships were awarded Community Prevention grants.
- The Center for Human Development is partnering with local public health authorities serving Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Umatilla counties and Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization to implement universal developmental screening for children in the first 36 months of life in community, early childhood and health system settings. The Healthy Eastern Oregon Consortium will also establish evidence-based home visiting programs for pregnant women and their families. For more information, contact Carrie Brogoitti at email@example.com.
- Jackson County Public Health and the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon (HCCSO) are partnering with AllCare Coordinated Care Organization, Jackson Care Connect Coordinated Care Organization, Josephine County Public Health and PrimaryHealth of Josephine County Coordinated Care Organization to implement a comprehensive preconception health program. HCCSO and its partners will improve routine screening for pregnancy intent among women of childbearing age and will implement a communitywide preconception health campaign with an emphasis on reaching Latinas. For more information, contact Maggie Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Intercommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization and Linn, Lincoln and Benton county health departments are partnering to reduce tobacco use by improving tobacco screening, referral and cessation support offered in the health system and by establishing and strengthening licensing requirements for retailers that sell tobacco products. For more information, contact project co-supervisors Jenna Bates, IHN Transformation Manager, at 541-768-4846 or email@example.com or Tatiana Dierwechter, Healthy Communities Program Manager, Benton County Health Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Multnomah County Health Department, in partnership with Clackamas and Washington County health departments, the HOPE Coalition and Health Share of Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, are working to address the growing issue of prescription and non-prescription opiate use. The Portland Metro Tri-County Consortium will train social service providers and their clients in how to distribute and/or administer naloxone to reverse opiate overdose, and will work with area health care providers to develop standard opiate prescribing guidelines. The consortium will also develop and implement a plan to engage communities of color and other communities served by HOPE members in overdose prevention strategies (including naloxone distribution) and substance abuse treatment education. For more information, contact Kim Toevs at email@example.com.