Providence Health Plan partnership recognized for innovation in providing community care

September 11, 2013
Portland Business Journal Innovation Award Providence Health Plan has been awarded Portland Business Journal’s 2013 Corporate Philanthropy ‘Innovation in Partnership” award, along with Kaiser Permanente and Oregon Community Foundation, for a collaborative to address mental health and substance abuse in Oregon.  

“As health care continues to transform, the health care community is facing unprecedented challenges,” said Michael White, chief operating officer, Providence Health Plan. “Responding to these challenges requires innovative solutions, partnerships and processes, such as the one we are being honored for today.”  

Providence Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente partnered with Oregon Community Foundation to allocate $1.2 million in community benefit grants. The grants help fund services through innovative programs addressing the more than 200,000 low-income Oregonians with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.             

“The partnership between Providence and Kaiser is changing the dynamic of our programs,” says Tim Hartnett, executive director, CODA, Inc., whose grant supports creation of “health homes” for patients to receive primary medical care in the same clinic where they receive treatment for their opioid addiction. “Raising awareness and putting resources into these projects will help reduce the adverse impact of substance abuse on our community.”

Three other local projects have also received funds along with CODA: Lifeworks NW, Oregon Primary Care and Volunteers of America.

Each year, the Portland Business Journal annual recognizes the region's most influential corporate philanthropists, as well as those that innovate in the way they give, at their annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards luncheon in September.