Press Release: OPCA Receives $100,000 Cambia Health Foundation Grant To Build Health Equity

The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 Cambia Health Foundation grant to build health equity.

The funding allows OPCA to create an 18-month innovative and experimental learning collaborative for Oregon’s Medicaid payment and delivery systems to come together and explore documentation and data sharing as it relates to factors that patient’s face beyond the clinic walls – their social determinants of health (SDH). OPCA is looking to explore this with two Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and two to four Community Health Centers (CHCs).

“This grant will support partners from Oregon’s Medicaid system in exploring how to share social determinants of health data,” said Carly Hood-Ronick, OPCA CCO Strategy and Health Equity Director. “CHCs have been collecting this information for decades and CCOs will need to better understand their member’s social risks as part of the next iteration of Medicaid transformation in our state, or CCO 2.0.”

OPCA is well-positioned to lead this collaborative given its work locally and nationally in the social screening and Medicaid transformation space. This new work will help OPCA, member clinics, and CCOs better understand the challenges and opportunities with sharing social information across the health system to improve population health and equity.

Cambia Health Foundation announced in December that it awarded $1.6 million to 14 organizations who share the Cambia Health Foundation’s vision to eliminate disparities by focusing on the whole person: their physical, emotional, social, financial, and behavioral health. More specifically, these grants will deliver solutions that put human relationships at the center of health services, create systems of care that focus on SDH, include strategic partnerships to coordinate care across sectors, accelerate the use of information technology, demonstrate how strategies like shared decision-making create lasting change, and include resiliency and prevention as core components of work.

About OPCA:

OPCA is a non-profit membership association of Oregon’s 32 community health centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and those who support them. The organization’s mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all.

OPCA believes all people, in Oregon and beyond, should have the chance to lead their healthiest lives and have access to equitable health care. Oregon Primary Care Association supports a network of community health centers that deliver exceptional health care to people in urban, rural and frontier communities who may otherwise not have access to services. By helping health centers apply innovative approaches to health care delivery and system challenges, OPCA is transforming primary care in Oregon and beyond.

About Cambia Health Foundation: 

Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $60 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. We purposefully invest in ideas that make the health care journey more person-focused and economically sustainable from birth to natural completion of life.

Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org, and follow on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn

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