PacificSource Community Solutions (PSCS) Marion County and Polk County Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) and the Willamette Health Council (WHC) are pleased to announce the release of applications for our Community Benefit Initiative (CBI). Through the CBI, PacificSource and the WHC will award community grants for selected projects that meet the criteria outlined in this application. CBI are evidence-based, community-level interventions that are focused on improving population health and healthcare quality. The total amount available in 2020 is $849,726.


The WHC works in partnership with PacificSource, the local CCO, to fund and support initiatives that are designed to improve the health and wellness of the Marion and Polk CCO region. In 2019, Marion and Polk counties, in collaboration with several health system and community-based partners, completed a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to determine priority areas in need of attention and improvement. The identified priority areas included housing, behavioral health services, and substance use treatment and prevention. Strategies will be developed to address these priority areas, resulting in a plan for action for the region.

One of the primary goals of the CBI is to fund projects/initiatives that address the priority areas identified in the CHA. The CBI is also intended to fund projects that improve the social determinants of health and health equity (SDOH-E) of our community members.

For more information about the 2019 Community Health Assessment, please click the link:
Marion County Community Health Assessment


Minimum Requirements: Successful applications must reflect projects/initiatives that meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  • Improve population health and health care quality;
  • Produce health outcomes that are measurable and verifiable;
  • Include Marion County and Polk County CCO members, and where applicable, the broader
    community served by the CCO;
  • Be grounded in evidence and/or documented best-practice; and
  • Align with at least one of the three regional CHIP priority areas: Behavioral Health Support, Housing
    and Substance Use.

Additional requirements: In addition to meeting the minimum requirements, successful applications must reflect projects/initiatives that meet at least one of the following additional requirements:

  • Improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities;
  • Prevent avoidable hospital readmissions;
  • Improve patient safety, reduce medical errors and lower infection and mortality rates; and/or
  • Increase focus on wellness and health promotion activities.

* Please note – The Willamette Health Council will use an objective, equity-based scoring tool to review applications to ensure alignment with the established criteria, as well as our organization’s mission, vision, and values.


The WHC intends to adhere to the following timeline for key application activities:

  • August 19, 2020 – Applications are made available to the community.
  • October 9, 2020 – The application process will close.
  • October 30, 2020 – Applicants will be notified regarding their award status.
  • November 13, 2020 – Funds will be released to successful applicants.
  • December 18, 2020 – Progress report due.

Key Terms and Definitions

The following terms and definitions align with the Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Administrative Rules:

“Health Disparities” are the structural health differences that adversely affect groups of people who systematically experience greater economic, social, or environmental obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. Health disparities are the indicators used to track progress toward achieving health equity.

“Social Determinants of Health and Equity” (SDOH-E):

(A) SDOH-E encompasses three terms:

(I) The social determinants of health refer to the social, economic, and environmental conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and are shaped by the social determinants of equity. These conditions significantly impact length and quality of life and contribute to health inequities;

(ii) The social determinants of equity refer to systemic or structural factors that shape the distribution of the social determinants of health in communities;

(iii) Health-related social needs refer to an individual’s social and economic barriers to health, such as housing instability or food insecurity.

(B) SDOH-E initiatives may involve interventions that occur outside a clinical setting, and may pursue mechanisms of change including:

(I) Community-level interventions that directly address social determinants of health or social determinants of equity;

(ii) Interventions to address individual health-related social needs. “SDOH-E Partner” is a single organization, local government, one or more of the Federally-recognized Oregon tribal governments, the Urban Indian Health Program, or a collaborative, that delivers SDOH-E related services or programs, or supports policy and systems change, or both within a CCO’s service area.

For more background on the requirements for Community Benefit Initiatives, please click the link: