By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

YCCO announces first set of grants

“We are committed to achieving the goals of Oregon’s health system transformation, and to targeting the triple aim of better health outcomes, improved experience of care for each member and more effectively controlling costs,” said Executive Director Jim Carlough.

“We want to be able to leverage the innovation that is here in Yamhill County, and to provide the resources to improve the health of the community in new and innovative ways,” he said. “We are encouraging project applications from providers and organizations that can help us improve the coordination and delivery of health care.”

Up to $1 million will be available for the grants, with funding from YCCO, YCCO stakeholders and CareOregon.

Approved in the first round were:

n Purchase of Patient Activation Measure, software that allows providers to evaluate a patient’s engagement in his or her own health care and provides tools to assist patients in that endeavor. The assessment tool will be made available to all local providers caring for OHP members assigned to YCCO.

n Funding of Behaviorists in Primary Care, a George Fox University program providing advanced training of experienced mental health clinicians to help clinics around the county incorporate a behavioral approach in their practices.

n Funding of a Northwest Senior & Disability Services community hub project, designed to deploy non-traditional health workers to focus on the most medically fragile OHP members to enhance care access and coordination.

n Support for a Physicians Medical Center Care Coordinator and Panel Manager program, enabling PMC to hire and train care coordination and panel managers to work with primary care providers — a mandatory element under state health transformation legislation.

For more information, contact Katie Briedwell at 503-434-7399 or

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