Knowing our communities to improve health

March 27, 2017

ProvidenceStVincentProvidence Health & Services is committed to performing a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to tackle the most pressing health needs in communities we serve across Oregon.

Based on the data and input gathered in the 2016 assessments, Providence’s community benefit investments and programs will be prioritized to address the following areas of need over the next three years.
  • Access to care: primary and dental care, as well as culturally-responsive services
  • Behavioral health: care and services focused on substance use, adverse experiences and trauma prevention
  • Chronic conditions: diabetes, hypertension and obesity
  • Social determinants of health and well-being: affordable housing, access to healthy food, living wage jobs and transportation

Identifying top health priorities, together

“We are proud to partner across the region to improve community health and well-being beyond hospital walls,” said Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive of clinical services with Providence Health & Services Oregon. “The Community Health Needs Assessment is an inclusive process that helps us develop programs that support the most poor and vulnerable.”

This year’s efforts included shared assessments with the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative, Columbia Gorge Health Council, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, as well as direct partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital. You can go to to see an overview of findings for the communities we serve across Oregon. 

The next step in addressing identified needs is the development of Community Health Improvement Plans to guide our partnerships, investments and community-building activities.

Measuring our success 

Providence Health & Services provided more than $417 million* in community benefit across Oregon in 2016. Through programs and donations, health education, charity care, medical research and more, Providence fulfills unmet needs and improves the health and well-being of those we serve – especially for the most poor and vulnerable.

*Oregon Legislature requires Providence to include Medicare. The total excluding Medicare is $236 million in 2016.