Cambia Health Foundation Timeline

First recipient of Paula A. Jones Endowed Scholarship

Tenth and final cohort of Sojourns® Scholar Leadership Program

Formal plan with staff and board to center racial equity in all our work to advance health equity

Cambia Community Resilience Fund: pilot program inviting Cambia employees more directly into philanthropic giving
Staff completed The Race Equity Culture™ Fellowship through Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Foundation’s 15th anniversary

Grants to launch new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Dollars for Doers: a program for Cambia employees to increase the impact of their volunteer hours
Approved new 5-year strategic plan to advance equity through whole person health

Grants for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution: 504,466 vaccines enabled, 114 Organizations supported

Ronald McDonald House Intermountain Area Family Support Specialist endowment
COVID-19 response: $3 million of investments to meet critical and emerging needs fueled by the pandemic

Established fund for Palliative Care Innovation at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness summit gathered 40 organizations to share ideas and collaborate on how to best support people living with serious illness and their caregivers throughout Oregon

Co-funded seven national organizations working to improve the public conversation around people with serious illness and end-of-life care, with John A. Hartford Foundation
Healthy People, Healthy Communities investing in whole person care solutions

Huntsman Cancer Foundation Utah: funded evaluation of home-based palliative care delivery model

City of Hope: invested in expanding End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum
Endowed Pediatric Palliative Care Chair at OHSU established

Neighborcare Health: investments to transform the business and service model of health centers in Washington State
Oregon’s Healthiest State: a cross-sector effort to collectively address Oregon's most pressing statewide health issues and make healthy choices abundant in every community
$15M invested to launch and sustain the Cambia Palliative Care Center for Excellence at University of Washington

Sojourns® Scholar Leadership Program created to identify, cultivate and advance the nest generation of palliative care leaders
The Conversation Project: a public engagement campaign launched to build awareness and support

Center to Advance Palliative Care funded research identifying staffing issues and gaps in existing infrastructure
Regional grants awarded for hospital and pediatric palliative care
Cambia Health Foundation was founded


When we invest in community health partners that advance equity through whole person health, we directly influence the overall well-being of the communities we serve. Endowment investing creates longer-term impact that allows our partners to innovate beyond what they could typically do. Current investments endowed by the Cambia Health Foundation reflect our ongoing commitment to advancement of palliative care innovation and include: 

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at University of Washington: In 2014, Cambia Health Foundation invested in three permanent endowments with University of Washington and one current use fund as a reflection of its enduring commitment to building palliative care clinical and educational programs. The endowments support three areas of focus in the palliative care space: education and training, leadership in clinical programs and innovative research projects.  

Oregon Health & Science University: The Cambia Health Foundation invested in OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital resulting in the development of the Bridges Palliative Care Program, a compassionate, research-based palliative care program for children. The program was the first of its kind in Oregon, supporting families across the state as well as southwest Washington. A second endowment with OHSU funds an endowed chair in pediatric palliative care to advance access, awareness and innovation in the field of palliative care.

University of California, San Francisco: In 2020, Cambia Health Foundation created an endowed fund for palliative care innovation with the University of California, San Francisco Division of Palliative Medicine. The establishment of UCSF’s Division of Palliative Medicine in 2018 represented a major step forward for the field of palliative care, and this endowment supports symposiums and innovative projects focusing on palliative care.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area: In 2021, Cambia Health Foundation endowed a Family Support Specialist position within Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area to provide a continuum of care to support behavioral health. This endowed staff position enhances the support families receive by applying the principles of social work, behavioral health, and palliative care, resulting in impactful family-centered-care.  

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