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Cascade Health Alliance announces new round of community investments

Community news | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Contact: Maggie Polson

Klamath Falls, OR—It's not business as usual at Cascade Health Alliance (CHA), it's business done better. The company unveiled a new stage of grants to benefit Klamath County residents today. The awards build on the success of 2018 funds provided to local community projects that combat social determinants of health such as education, homelessness, access to food, poverty, workforce development and more. More than 7,000 individuals and families, especially those on the Oregon Health Plan, have benefitted from community programs thus far.

For 2019, there are twelve recipients of CHA grants: CASA for Children of Klamath County, Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center, Klamath Housing Authority, Friends of the Children, Lost River Community Center, Sanford's Children's Clinic, Chiloquin Elementary, Chiloquin Visions in Progress (CVIP), Sage Community School, Pregnancy Hope Center and Skyline District Cross-Country Camps. The projects awardees range from foster care partnership services to providing extra education materials to 6th grade students; from building more affordable housing for people without homes to creating additional after school programs, and more.

CHA's endeavors in various health related projects and sponsorship of local parks helped Klamath Falls receive the distinguished Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2018 Culture of Health Prize.

"Our approach to community engagement proved to be an undeniable success in 2018. People are getting healthier and neighborhoods are getting stronger," says Tayo Akins, CEO of CHA. "CHA is constantly looking for opportunities to adapt to evolving community needs and not only be a part of the solution—but a visionary for creating healthy populations. We take pride in being a partner to empower the most vulnerable residents of Klamath County," Akins added.

The bedrock of CHA is understanding the needs of the individuals entrusting the organization with their care. CHA continues to build on this commitment by identifying and focusing on social determinants of health that must be addressed outside of doctor's offices and hospitals.

As Cascade Comprehensive Care (CCC [the parent company of CHA]) and CHA celebrate 26 years of providing healthcare services to its members, the company pledges its continuing support to them and the Klamath community as a whole. CCC and CHA will continue sharing information throughout the year to highlight each of the projects' impact on Klamath Falls.

CHA serves the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Klamath County. The company also serves Medicare members through its partner, ATRIO Health Plans.