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PacificSource Foundation Awards $218k in Grant Support to Regional Nonprofits - 10/12/17

(Springfield, Ore.) Oct. 12, 2017-- The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $218,000 in grant support to eight nonprofit organizations based in Oregon, Idaho, Southwest Washington, and Montana. The grant funding will span from one to three years. The Foundation, founded in 1992, has awarded a total of $ 376,000 to 14 nonprofits in 2017 thus far, with additional grants to be announced in November.

"Working in partnership to improve community health is a shared mission of both PacificSource and of our foundation," said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource's Foundation for Health Improvement. "We know that we can do so much more when we partner toward building vibrant and healthy communities. We are pleased to announce this latest round of funding to these deserving nonprofits."

The following organizations will receive grant funding:

Oregon:
* Old Mill Center for Children and Families -- Trauma Informed Care Training and Support for Community Organizations. Three-year grant funding consisting of $25,000 in year one, $22,000 in year two and $20,000 in year three.
* Gorge Grown Food Network --Veggie Rx for Pregnant Mothers and Their Families. One year grant of $35,000.
* Cornerstone Community Housing -- Healthy Homes Program. Three-year grant of $25,000 per year.

Idaho:
* Boise Rescue Mission -- Mental Health Program. Three-year grant of $20,000 per year.

Montana:
* Missoula Aging Services --Care Transitions Program. One-year grant for $25,000.
* Billings Clinic Foundation -- Project Echo Montana. Two-year grant of $10,000 per year.
* Community Food and Agriculture Coalition -- Double SNAP Dollars for Healthy Communities. Two-year grant of $15,000 per year.

Southwest Washington:
* Free Clinic of Southwest Washington -- Diabetes Program, Partnering to Address Root Causes of Poor Health. One-year grant of $11,000.

The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement's mission is to provide resources and funds for the health and welfare of underserved and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on children and youth. For information on how to apply for a PacificSource Foundation grant, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
Founded in 1992, the PacficSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an
expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation's grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

PacificSource Health Plans Announces 2017-2018 Community Health Excellence Program Funding Recipients - 09/26/17

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Sept. 26, 2017-- PacificSource Health Plans has announced the 15 healthcare organizations that will receive funding as part of its ongoing Community Health Excellence (CHE) program for the 2017-2018 session. Launched in 2009, CHE is a collaborative community health improvement program that makes financial contributions and other resources available to the healthcare initiatives of providers in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The supported initiatives are independently evaluated as having a significant positive impact for their patients, regardless of their insurance status.

Through the CHE program, funding is made available to the selected providers for expenses related to training, improved patient care processes, staff salaries, data collection, and computer software integral to the selected quality improvement initiative.
"There are lots of good ideas in the provider community on how to better serve their populations and address gaps in care," said Peter McGarry, PacificSource's vice president of provider network. "Our goal is to help them fill those gaps by asking them to put their best ideas forward on how we can help uniquely serve the patients they treat."

The 2017-2018 CHE program participants include: Children's Health Foundation, Columbia Gorge Children's Advocacy Center, Legacy Health, Roundup Memorial Healthcare, St. Luke's Cares, Partnership Health Center, Clearwater Valley Hospital, Beartooth Billings Clinic, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Shoshone Family Medical Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center (ASSIST), Mosaic, Central Montana Medical Center, and Providence Hood River.

To be considered for the program, providers must complete an application including a detailed budget. Initial review and scoring of all applications are conducted by an independent panel of physicians with expertise and interest in community health. For more information, visit https://www.pacificsource.com/che-program/

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a wide array of fully insured, administrative service, and government health plan products. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Ore. with local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit pacificsource.com.