Kaiser Permanente Northwest Awards Grant to Oregon School Based Health Alliance

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Lane County, Oregon, July 25th, 2016 - The Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) has received funding from Kaiser Permanente for Phase 2 of Lane County work to promote sustainability of school-based health centers.  Phase 1, also funded by Kaiser Permanente, began in Fall 2015, led by OSBHA and consultants Tracy Ellis and Megan Shultz of Transformational Community Alignment (TCA). Phase 1 included individual Lane SBHC market assessments, SWOT and sponsor analyses that supported development of an interactive business model tool with three- year financial projections for decision analyses. Based on this platform of work, a strategic direction and framework was created for both the individual SBHCs in Lane County and a potential future Lane SBHC collaborative network.

Phase 2 will focus on three areas: (1) continued support for Phase 1 relationships and the process; (2) planning and transition support for school based health centers and new medical sponsors with targeted services planning based on student need, development of marketing and communications strategies and structure and support to strengthen relationships with medical sponsors; (3) development of a Lane County School Based Health Center Collaborative Network, creating a more formal and structured learning process among the three school districts, the county and medical sponsors to identify opportunities and leverage SBHC resources.  The Collaborative Network will address topics such as clinical and administrative collaborations, awareness, education and advocacy and innovations for delivery of care.

“This important work will help ensure that Lane County school based health centers will continue to provide primary care, behavioral health and prevention services to our most vulnerable community members,” said Oregon School Based Health Alliance Executive Director, Laurie Huffman.

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