Community Impact Grants:

The Willamette Health Council (WHC) is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023-2024 Community Impact Grants, which will have a transformative impact on the health and well-being of our local community. A total of 26 projects were selected to receive grants, collectively amounting to $2,255,439 awarded. Learn more about these awards here.

 

Grant recipients were chosen through a community-led process involving both the WHC’s Community Advisory Council and Community Impact Committee. These committees prioritized funding projects within four Impact Areas including Behavioral Health Supports, Healthcare Workforce Development, Children Youth and Families, and Housing and Homelessness.

“This past grant cycle resulted in WHC awarding grants to 11 organizations who had never received grant funding from us before. I am very proud of our ability to engage with new organizations, both large and small, in service to the health and well-being of our community,” says Josie Silverman-Méndez, WHC’s Deputy Director.

“We have worked really hard to make the Community Impact Grant program as low-barrier and easy to navigate as possible,” comments Kiara Yoder with the Marion and Polk Early Learning Hub, who is Chair of the WHC’s Community Impact Committee and a member of the Community Advisory Council. “The funded projects span a variety of areas including culturally-specific mental health services, wraparound supports for child welfare involved families, early childhood prevention, and Traditional Health Worker programs. We want to invest in organizations that center equity in their work, and are responsive to local needs, and I am confident that this latest round of grantees will do just that,” says Ms. Yoder.

“WHC believes in putting the community in the driver’s seat to influence our local grant-making. It’s through this kind of partnership that emerging needs and opportunities are identified and innovation is fostered leading to a healthier and more resilient community for all of us,” says Ms. Silverman-Mendez.

About the Willamette Health Council: Founded in 2019, the Willamette Health Council (WHC) is the community governance body for PacificSource Community Solutions, Marion County and Polk County Coordinated Care Organization (Marion-Polk CCO). Under this partnership model, the WHC collaborates with PacificSource to jointly manage the CCO and is responsible for much of the community-facing work. The WHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about our work at www.willamettehealthcouncil.org.