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Cambia Health Foundation would like to thank everyone who submitted a request for funding as part of our 2018 Request for Proposals for Healthy People, Healthy Communities.  The decision-making process was quite challenging with more than 160 submissions from pioneering nonprofit organizations across the Pacific Northwest.

The following organizations and proposals were selected for funding.  They represent our commitment to creating a person-centered health system that recognizes the importance of social determinants of health while building resiliency in children, families, and communities.     

Information pertaining to additional funding opportunities will be released in 2019.  These details as well as updates on our existing grantee projects will be communicated and posted on our web site.

For specific questions pertaining to the Healthy People, Healthy Communities focus area, please contact Steven Lesky at


2018 Healthy People, Healthy Communities Grant Recipients


Art with Heart, $150,000
Cambia Health Foundation joins Art with Heart to Heal Kids’ Toxic Stress

Art with Heart is creating a best-in-class online learning platform with customizable resources to support teachers, parents, and healthcare providers in using creative expression tools and resources to help kids build resiliency and heal from trauma.  The Seattle-based program will take resources such as audio and written books, therapeutic games, art projects, and writing exercises to a national audience allowing easy access to schools, hospitals, child advocacy centers, and community-based organizations.  The proven resources help kids who experienced adverse childhood experiences thrive in their environments.

Association for Utah Community Health, $190,000
Community Health Workers:  Tackling Social Determinants of Health across Utah

The Association for Utah Community Health is mobilizing a network of community health workers across Utah to improve the social determinants of health.  The initiative includes the launch of a first of its kind health-focused AmeriCorps national service program. PRAPARE, Protocol for Responding to Consumer Assets, Risks, and Experiences will help identify barriers.  AmeriCorps members serving as community health workers will shift healthcare from single disease paradigms to population health interventions that address socioeconomic barriers that engage consumers to live their healthiest lives.   

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, $200,000
Rising Strong:  Trauma-Informed Child Care and Early Learning

Rising Strong is building resiliency and self-sufficiency for those most in need. The model offers evidence-based and wrap-around support services to house and treat parents experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders while helping them learn skills to gain and maintain sobriety, finish education, find jobs, and keep children from entering the foster system.  A state-of-the-art trauma-informed child care program at Rising Strong will be modeled after other successful trauma-informed care centers. The Center serves children who have experienced trauma from homelessness, the foster system, and/or their parents’ addictions while the wrap-around services are being provided.

Coalition of Community Health Clinics, $48,000
Community clinics join forces, creating health equity strategies to improve care

The Coalition of Community Health Centers is supporting 16 safety-net health centers improve their diversity and inclusion practices focused on addressing health disparities through specialized training, a facilitated learning community, and technical assistance.  The work is a result of the Community Powered Change Initiative that engaged 225 community members seeking basic healthcare services. Being able to access services where they feel safe and respected was the top concern. Staff and volunteers across the 16 health centers came together to seek additional support.

Comunidades Unidas, $155,000
Residents in Glendale, Utah organize to create long-lasting change in their neighborhood

A community-led public-private model that will address social determinants of health and create opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents.  Glendale is one of the most diverse communities in Utah with many assets. It also has one of the highest rates of poverty and lowest positive health indicators. The Health Glendale Coalition, supported by Communidades Unidas, has organized residents to work together for solutions.  The initiative will work to increase utilization of primary and preventive care, decrease food insecurity, and increase feelings of hope and optimism for all community members.

Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance, $30,000
Supporting people in Eastern Oregon through homegrown Integrated Nurse Home Visiting Program $30,000 over one year

A community-designed home visiting program supporting families and children addressing risk factors contributing to trauma and toxic stress.  The home visiting program across 16 counites in rural and frontier Eastern Oregon will support parents and caregivers in becoming the best advocates for their children, protecting them from violence and encouraging support of key developmental milestones.  

Idaho Primary Care Association, $200,000
Creating integrated healthcare for underserved in Idaho through listening to consumers

The work is creating seamless, fully integrated services for consumers in four health centers across Idaho:  two urban and two rural. There is a strong focus on integrating social determinants of health within primary and preventive care services.  Those experiencing poverty and related barriers to achieving health are identified as a high priority for this work. In some regions, a complete lack of dental care and providers is being addressed as part of the integrated care model.   

Lee Pesky Learning Center, $190,000
Creating an online version of the Building Resilient and Self-Regulated Learners program   

This work will see the development and launch of an on-line version of the Building Resilient and Self-Regulated Learner program.  The school-based program has shown strong results in addressing students’ mental and behavioral health needs. A more accessible on-line platform is needed to reach additional schools, especially those in rural areas in Idaho and beyond.  The platform will provide teacher, students, parents and caregivers with the ability to participate in training remotely. Students struggling with mental and behavioral health issues to help them become more self-aware to set and monitor goals.  The software will help track health and education outcomes of students and families.

Lines for Life, $98,000
Changing the landscape of mental health through youth peer interaction

Using innovative and engaging strategies to change youth perspectives around mental health, the Oregon Youth Line is being expanded to Central Oregon.  A resource for suicidal and depressed teens, the youth line will reach regions with higher than average suicide rates among youth. Peer support teens will be specially trained in crisis intervention to field calls, texts, chats, and emails from Oregon and surrounding states.  Main goals are to decrease self-harm incidents, suicide attempts, and provide a peer let counter to bullying.

North by Northeast Community Health Center, $122,000
Expanding health center that is heart-disease, stroke- and racism-free zone for black Portlanders

North by Northeast’s culturally significant prevention-focused model has consistently resulted in patients having significantly better health outcomes that peers.  Their model seamlessly integrates addressing social determinants of health and providing patient-led peer support groups for new patients struggling with health issues.  A two-year initiative is designed to double the number served by the end of 2020, maintaining their outcomes. The sustained patient growth will help secure new staff and expanded outreach services.     

Northwest Housing Alternatives, $80,000
New program provides healthcare supports to seniors to prevent evictions

A senior health and housing program will support low income seniors aging in place and in community.  A pilot program was successful in addressing isolation, loneliness, depression and chronic disease management for seniors at risk of becoming homeless and/or being forced into a care facility when remining in the community was a viable option.  The successful pilot (87% success rate) will expand to additional households with an average yearly income of $13,000 across six counties in Oregon.

Oregon Community Health Worker Association, $153,000
Early life program expansion focused on addressing social determinants of health

The Oregon Community Health Worker Association is a national model of promoting and supporting the role of community health workers finding solutions to overcoming barriers to good health.  Funding will support the pilot of the Early Life Program that engages families of children birth through six across eight cultural groups with specially trained community health workers from their communities.  The workers engage with families to building supports and decrease risk factors for adverse childhood experiences. The innovative model provides services in rural communities that directly address social determinants of health through self-advocacy and home-based services.     

Sound Mental Health, $200,000
Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team

Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team (CDVRT) is a program of Sound, one of King County’s (Seattle, Washington) largest nonprofit providers of mental health and substance use disorder services. Sound’s one-of-a-kind CDVRT program partners with New Beginnings, DAWN, and Lifewire – all domestic violence advocacy organizations – to serve the children and non-abusive parent survivors of domestic violence.   CDVRT brings together therapists with advocates who work together with each family to develop and implement an individualized safety and treatment plan. CDVRT supports the family holistically in rebuilding their lives along a path of healing and recovery with measured improvement in resiliency and well-being.

University of Utah College of Education, $190,000
Student well-being program, addressing adolescent mental health for all students

The University of Utah School of Education is partnering with public schools with limited or no access to mental health services.  The prototype program will redefine school-based mental health services emphasizing social and emotional development as part of the academic curriculum.  The program will improve health and education outcomes, involving students, parents, and teachers to drive program design. The goal is to reduce anxiety and depression, helping students who experience trauma, neglect, or abuse.  Services will increase resiliency and create positive coping behaviors. Well Being Teams will be established at two campus locations in partnership with Salt Lake School District. Mental health supports will be provided across the entire campus with student led support groups, teach let social-emotional learning, and individual coaching and counseling.  

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