This spring, CareOregon continued its focus on housing as a key factor for health and well-being by dedicating its most recent community giving effort to supportive housing projects. A total of $250,000 was granted to five social services organizations that provide housing directly to their clients.
The organizations include four in Multnomah County, and one based in Jackson County.
“We know that good health requires more than just good medical care,” said Pam Hester, CareOregon heath and housing program manager. “It requires that members have their basic needs met. Addressing social and economic factors that affect health, especially housing, is a requirement for good health and healthy communities. That’s why it’s so important to the work we’re doing with our partners in the community.”
CareOregon serves more than 275,000 Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members through its affiliation with four Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). Its vision of making health care work for everyone, regardless of social and economic circumstances, includes work to address the social and economic issues that have a major impact on community health and the entire health care system. CareOregon community grants over the last three years have totaled more than $800,000 to housing-related projects.
The grants awarded this spring include:
A common element among these programs is a strong focus on interventions within “intentional community settings” that address more than just housing.
The organizations will also be coming together regularly as a group with CareOregon during the grant year to learn and share from each other.