In the past three years the Columbia Gorge region has received more than $5 million in funding to support community-led initiatives that promote healthy living. This support was made possible by Providence Hospital which identified that the Gorge community lacked the necessary resources to obtain important grants that could better the health of the community. To address this problem, Providence hired a Collective Impact Health Specialist (CIHS) to work exclusively in the Gorge region. The CIHS collaborates with community members from different sectors to identify community needs, craft initiatives to address them, and pursue funding opportunities for implementation. In order to engage with an initiative the CIHS must collaborate with at least two community partners which builds a strong culture of collective responsibility and empowerment in the region.
In just three years the CIHS and community partners have made amazing strides. With their $5 million in funding they have initiated numerous programs including the Veggie Rx program in which people suffering from food insecurity (which includes a significant number of people living in the Gorge) can receive a “prescription” from their doctor which buys them $30 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables every month. The funding has also gone toward initiatives such as establishing a school-based health center, and training for more than 80 community health workers.
We are so proud of the work by the CIHS and Columbia Gorge community members and hope that their model can expand to promote health, happiness, collaboration, and empowerment in other parts of rural Oregon.
Inspired by an article by Paul Lindberg, JD, Collective Impact Health Specialist: http://bit.ly/2slNQoW
Learn more about the Veggie Rx program: http://www.gorgegrown.com/veggierx/
Healthier Living Comes To the Gorge: The Dalles To Become a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Community
In May 2017 The Dalles joined 31 other communities in the United States by becoming a member of the Blue Zones Project.
The Blue Zones Project began with five “blue zones”, special regions scattered across the globe with unusually high concentrations of residents living to at least 100 years old. Researchers identified the keys to their healthy living and longevity, and since then the Blue Zones Project has been spreading their healthy practices across the United States by supporting change in policy, social networks, and environments such as workplaces and schools. This project will span three years in The Dalles, and aims to promote healthier living, lower healthcare costs, and encourage community engagement by making healthy lifestyle decisions easy and accessible to all community members.
Oregon Healthiest State, an organization committed to making Oregon the healthiest state in the country, backed The Dalles’ initiation into the Blue Zones Project, and Cambia Health Foundation provided substantial funding. We are excited to see The Dalles lead the way in creating a healthier Oregon and hope that it can inspire more regions in Oregon to take steps toward healthier living too.
Learn more about the Blue Zones Project: https://communities.bluezonesproject.com/
Learn more about the Blue Zones Project in OR: https://oregon.bluezonesproject.com/
The Columbia Gorge Region was recently awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in recognition for the region's efforts towards ensuring all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives, and its commitment to collaboration. CHARA’s medical director, Kristen Dillon, and Paul Lindberg from Providence Hood River Hospital represented the region at the RWJF Culture of Health Prize National Celebration and Learning Event this week in Princeton, New Jersey. Click the button below to view the event and watch Kristen and Paul share about the region's success and approach with the RWJF President/CEO and Culture of Health Prize Director (skip to 26:00-38:00 to watch specific content on the Gorge).
Chosen from nearly 200 communities across the country, the Columbia Gorge’s selection stems from its success in bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice, and experience of residents. The Columbia Gorge region is one of seven communities awarded the Prize in 2016.
A big thanks to the 15-member Community Advisory Council (CAC), Veggie Rx program, The Next Door, and all of the other community led initiatives, community leaders, and volunteers that have united our community in a strive to increase health and inclusion for all in our region. Keep up the great work!
Scholarships for patients, caregivers, and students to attend the PCORI Annual Meeting (Nov. 17-19)
PCORI is now offering scholarships to patients, caregivers, and graduate students in the health fields to attend their Annual Meeting. Every year over 1,000 members of the healthcare community gather to make clinical research more useful and relevant. Hear from national leaders, researchers, patients, caregivers, and clinicians about key trends in patient-centered research, progress on PCORI-funded studies, and efforts to improve dissemination and implementation of research results.
Scholarships will cover the costs of travel, hotel, registration, as well as an allowance for other expenses. The application deadline is Friday, September 30.
To learn more about the event, visit their website here.
To view a draft agenda for the event, click here.
What: 2016 PCORI Annual Meeting
When: November 17 - 19 (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: greater Washington D.C. area (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD)
Registration costs: $300 for general attendees
Register by Thursday, October 27, 2016
This event is a "Patients Included" event which means that patients and caregivers are involved as full participants in the event's planning and delivery. To learn more about "Patients Included" visit their website here.
July 28, 2016 – CHARA has been approved for a $50,000 award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop a research study that focuses on colorectal cancer screening through the Tier III Pipeline to Proposal award.
CHARA will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on colorectal cancer screening.
Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds three tiers of awards that help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.
Through this year long funding period, CHARA will be refining a CER question aimed at addressing colorectal cancer and will develop this into a research proposal with guidance from expert advisors, PCORI program officers, community stakeholders and patients. The initial CER questions were created during our Tier II award period and framed around health priorities identified by the community. CHARA will also continue to strengthen partnerships and support local health efforts.
“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.