Innovative Health Collaboration Reaches Milestone

Oregon Solutions Declaration of Cooperation signing on Feb. 19
The Lund Report

 

February 18, 2013 – The Beaverton Community Health Collaborative (BCHC), intends to improve the health of families and individuals in the Beaverton area. The Declaration of Cooperation that will be signed on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at City Hall (4755 SW Griffith Drive) in the first floor conference room will serve as a roadmap for the BCHC as they move forward.

“This pioneering effort will provide improved health care access for our most vulnerable,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It will also provide workforce training in multiple health fields and will lead to healthier residents. The city and the BCHC partners are excited to be moving forward with our shared vision of improved community health.”

The BCHC will achieve their vision, in part, through the development of a multi-service facility that will employ an integrated approach to health and wellness. The facility will include a comprehensive array of services across a continuum of care, including primary and specialty care, behavioral health, public health, oral health, social services, and education in an innovative model that builds on best practices in the field.

 

The city was awarded a $1.6 million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending in small communities.  Implementation of this Community Transformation Grant will be through the BCHC.

 

In May 2012, Governor Kitzhaber officially designated the BCHC an Oregon Solutions (OS) Project because of its unique and innovative approach. In his designation letter he wrote, “The BCHC clearly fits the Oregon practice of finding solutions, bold leadership and strong partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and nonprofits.” 

 

The OS-BCHC project team includes:

 

Jay Bankhead                          Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Ann Barr-Gillespie                    Pacific University

Councilor Betty Bode                           City of Beaverton

Steve Brooks                           City of Beaverton

Renee Bruce                           Community Action

Tina Castañares, MD               Oregon Solutions, Convener

Vince Chiotti                            Oregon Housing and Community Services

Carlos Crespo                          Portland State University and Oregon Health Policy Board

Mayor Denny Doyle                 City of Beaverton

Mark Ellsworth                         Governor Kitzhaber’s Office

Dan Field                                 Kaiser Permanente

Amanda Garcia-Snell                Washington County Public Health

Jim Jacks                                 Oregon Solutions, Project Manager

Brian Kelly                                Women’s Healthcare Associates

Lindsey Kuipers                                   City of Beaverton

Priscilla Lewis                          Providence Health and Services

Don Mazziotti                           City of Beaverton

Mary Monnat                            Lifeworks NW

Betty Lou Morrow                    Community Action

Gil Muñoz                                Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Jerralynn Ness                         Community Action

Kathleen O’Leary                     Washington County Public Health

Christine Rontal                                   Virginia Garcia Foundation

Sid Scott                                  Scott Edwards Architecture

Jeanene Smith, MD                 Oregon Health Authority

Bill Thomas                              Washington County Commission on Children and Families

Jennifer Vines, MD                  Washington County Public Health

Dave Waffle                             City of Beaverton

 

For more information, please contact Lindsey Kuipers, project coordinator, at lkuipers@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2416.

 

Beaverton enjoys one of the most diverse populations among Oregon cities. Most recently, the city was awarded the2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton has been named one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest for three consecutive years, as one of the best places to raise kids byBusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement byForbes.comone of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Yearfrom the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year—Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov or follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton.

 

 

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