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The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative includes 15 hospitals, four health departments and two Coordinated Care Organizations in the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties of Oregon and in Clark County, Washington. This unique public private partnership aims to improve the health of the community.

The project is contracting with Healthy Communities Institute to provide a web-based source of population data and community health information. Using this system, local epidemiological data and a modified version of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) assessment model, Healthy Columbia Willamette has completed a comprehensive community health needs assessment.

Based on this assessment and follow-up with content experts, the Collaborative created five Health Improvement Teams to develop and implement collective strategies for. These Health Improvement Teams are:

  • Access to Affordable Health Care
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Opioid Prescription Misuse
  • Breastfeeding/Breast Milk Promotion
  • Tobacco Use Reduction and Prevention

Currently, the Collaborative and community partners are working to develop a Health Improvement Plan which will include strategies for the Health Improvement Teams. We will publish information describing our methods, community-engagement activities, findings and next steps—including how people can become involved in developing strategies to improve our region’s health. 

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