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Children's Health

Partner Spotlight: Tigard-Tualatin School District

The mission of Tigard-Tualatin School District is to educate every child. For the past four years, Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) has piloted and developed mental health care coordination services for all schools in the district. TTSD has also operated, in partnership with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Tigard High School and will be opening a second at Tualatin High School in fall 2014.

Over 50% of lifetime mental health disorders begin before the age of 14. Children and youth with mental health problems are more likely to do poorly at school, be absent, and/or be suspended or expelled--up to 44 percent do not finish high school. The Mental Health Integration Project at TTSD seeks to a) improve early identification of students in need of mental health services, b) further develop and sustain a seamless and integrated system of school-based primary care and mental health services, including a new school-based health center at Tualatin High School, c) strengthen integration of mental health and health care for all students, and d) reduce racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health and health services and in associated negative outcomes.

Cambia Health Foundation is proud to support this innovative work with a $248,466 grant through 2016. To learn more about the Tigard-Tualatin School District, please visit

Transforming Health Care

The Community Health Worker Consortium is a partnership between Oregon Consensus, Portland State University’s School for Community Health, the Oregon CHW Association (ORCHWA), and the Multnomah County Community Capacitation Center (CCC). The Consortium focuses on creating alignment around best practices in the Community Health Worker field in order to help achieve the triple aim of improving population health, lowering health care costs and improving quality. The Consortium has formed a Research Team and an Education Team composed of many organizations committed to the Consortium’s mission. The Research Team (led by the CCC) has developed a research agenda to address issues facing the field and is working with others around the country to identify common process and outcome indicators for CHW practice. The Education Team (led by ORCHWA) has developed a toolkit, including a short information video, to educate health care stakeholders about the role of Community Health Workers in health care transformation and beyond. 

Cambia Health Foundation is proud to support this innovative work.  To learn more please visit the ORCHWA web site.


Partner Spotlight:  Harborview Primary and Palliative Care Clinic

After developing Harborview Medical Center’s inpatient and outpatient palliative care programs, Dr. Darrell Owens and his team still observed gaps in care. Harborview wanted to address issues facing the patients they saw upstream as much as possible. There proposed project was to creat the outpatient Primary Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic. It is the first and only nurse practitioner-directed clinic in the country that provides both primary and palliative care, which ensures the delivery of the right care at the right time in the course of a patient’s illness.
The clinic serves a predominantly non-English speaking, low-income population, and has made a tremendous impact serving vulnerable patients who face economic and racial disparities, which can result in even greater barriers to accessing palliative and end-of-life care.
Cambia Health Foundation supported this project with a $100,000 two year grant. For more information about Harborview’s innovative clinic visit: