Cambia Health Foundation announces new grant opportunity to strengthen health care workforce

Funding aims to relieve strain on health care workforce with an emphasis on behavioral health

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 17, 2023)Cambia Health Foundation, the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, announced a new request for proposals (RFP) to strengthen the behavioral health care workforce in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and/or Washington. The RFP is open from April 17 to May 15, 2023. Final notification of funding will occur on August 16, 2023.

The Foundation’s Health Care Workforce program focuses on removing barriers that contribute to behavioral health workforce shortages and is part of a larger vision to advance equity through whole-person health. To accomplish this, the Foundation seeks solutions that address the root causes of provider shortages as well as innovative approaches that expand access to behavioral health within whole-person care models.  

“The demand for behavioral health services has increased since the pandemic, which has magnified care access gaps across our communities,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair of Cambia Health Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with organizations in our region to strengthen the workforce in addressing urgent behavioral health needs.”

The goals of the Health Care Workforce program are to expand, support and train providers, creating long-term and sustainable impact on:

•    Reducing behavioral health provider shortages in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington
•    Increasing the number of providers trained in integrated and collaborative care models 
•    Increasing diversity of the health care workforce 
•    Reducing rates of disparities in anxiety, depression, tobacco use, obesity and hypertension for both the paid and unpaid health care workforce

We welcome prospective applicants to reach out with questions as they consider applying for this RFP. Cambia Health Foundation strives to make the application equitable and encourages those who are interested in applying to reach out about barriers to application completion. More details, frequently asked questions and a link to the application portal can be found here: Current Funding Opportunities and Health Care Workforce RFP. Learn more at

About Cambia Health Foundation 
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $110 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. We purposefully invest in ideas that expand access to behavioral health care to advance equity through whole-person health. 

Steven Lesky, Senior Program Officer;  
Robert Korycinski, Associate Program Officer; 
Lexi Price, Associate Program Officer;

For Cambia Health Foundation    
Wen Chiu            
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