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Current Pilot Summaries

There are currently 11 IHN-CCO pilot programs underway in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. All pilot programs share the same goal of improving local health and health care access. Each program operates under criteria developed by the Oregon Health Authority and the IHN-CCO Community Health Improvement Plan. Program progress is monitored quarterly.

Current Pilots

Community Doula

Birth doulas are Traditional Health Workers that build trusting relationships with pregnant women and provide physical, emotional, and informational support during labor and birth. The goals of the pilot are to increase the number of birth doulas, improve health outcomes, and evaluate medical cost savings for pregnant members of IHN-CCO.

Health outcomes:

  • Increase number of women trained as birth doulas
  • Improve birth outcomes such as prematurity, cesarean-section, and pain medication use

Sustainability: If successful, Heart of the Valley Birth and Beyond will bill for services and seek out funding for the training portions of the pilot.

CHIP areas: Access, Child Health, Maternal Health

Date range: January 2018 – December 2019

Location: Linn County

Site: Heart of the Valley Birth and Beyond

Community Roots

Community Roots provides mental health care with compassion-focused therapy for families in crisis. The model includes nature connectivity, parental training and education, and bringing families back together (reunification).

Health outcomes:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Improve access to mental health services

Sustainability: If successful, Olalla Center for Children and Families will continue providing services. Decrease non-emergent use of the emergency department

CHIP areas: Access, Behavioral Health & Child Health

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Lincoln County

Sites: Olalla Center for Children and Families 

Health Equity Summits and Trainings

This pilot works to put on health equity summits and trainings across Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. These trainings identify and develop strategies and approaches that best meet local needs. The goal is to make sure that the health equity lens is used in the delivery of healthcare and social services.

Health outcomes:

  • Create a plan to address health equity issues faced by IHN-CCO members
  • Increase collaboration among local organizations
  • Improve provider understanding of health equity

Sustainability: If successful, Health Equity Summits and Trainings will continue the trainings with fees to cover costs.

CHIP areas: Access

Date range: January 2018 – September 2019

Location: Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties

Sites: Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services and the Health Equity Workgroup

Helping High School Students to Understand Pain, Opioid Addiction, and Healthy Self-Care

This pilot’s main goal is to create curriculum to teach high school students how to understand pain and take care of themselves better. The pilot also provides access to wellness classes and works on emergency department diversion. 

Health outcomes:

  • Decreased emergency department use
  • Improved access to wellness classes
  • Reduced access to opioids (pain medicine) 

Sustainability: If successful, the Corvallis School District will continue providing services and expanding the curriculum

CHIP areas: Access, Behavioral Health & Child Health

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Benton County

Sites: Corvallis School District

Homeless Resource Team

The Homeless Resource Team includes a case manager, Health Navigator, and Homeless and Vulnerable Patient Committee to help homeless patients find supportive housing. The pilot partners with local health departments, housing agencies, and community service organizations. 

Health outcomes:

  • Improved primary care use
  • Decreased emergency department use

Sustainability: If successful, the partnerships will continue, and funding will occur through medical billing and reduced costs.  

CHIP areas: Access, Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease & Prevention

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Benton County

Sites: Samaritan Health Services

Integrated Foster Child Wellbeing

The purpose of this pilot is to develop a model of care to find the best way to coordinate care for high-need foster children. Key activities are coordination of services, intensive care coordination, creating partnerships, and establishing a sustainable model. 

Health outcomes:

  • Provide timely medical, dental, and mental health care for all foster children 
  • Support foster youth and families during transition periods

Sustainability: If successful, the partnerships will continue, and funding will occur through medical billing and reduced costs.

CHIP areas: Access, Behavioral Health & Child Health

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties

Champion: Dr. Carissa Cousins 

Peer Wellness Specialist Training

This pilot will have certified training courses for Peer Wellness Specialists (PWSs) in the tri-county area. PWSs are Peer Support Specialists (peers trained in addiction and recovery) with additional training. They work to help people become healthier.

Health outcomes:

  • Identify members in need of Peer Wellness Services
  • Increase the number of PWSs working in the region

Sustainability: If successful, the training will continue to be offered by the Traditional Health Worker Hub at an affordable cost.

CHIP areas: Access, Behavioral Health

Date range: January 2018 – December 2019

Location: Benton County (impacting Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties)

Sites: Family Tree Relief Nursery and Traditional Health Worker Workgroup

Planned and Crisis Respite Care

This pilot provides temporary care (respite care) for children in the foster care system that have special mental and/or behavioral health needs. This pilot will fill an identified gap in the delivery system. 

Health outcomes:

  • Increase the number of certified foster homes
  • Increase usage of respite services and reduce barriers

Sustainability: If successful, Morrison Child and Family Services will continue to provide services and outreach to IHN-CCO members. 

CHIP areas: Behavioral Health & Child Health

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties 

Sites: Morrison Child and Family Services

Reduce and Improve

This pilot works to improve the relationship between physical and oral health. A dental hygienist provides oral health services in a hospital and clinic. These services include navigation for patients and resources for the medical staff. 

Health outcomes:

  • Improved quality of care for hospital patients
  • Improved access for emergency department patients with dental conditions

Sustainability: If successful, Capitol Dental Care will explore medical and dental billing to offset project costs. 

CHIP areas: Access

Date range: January 2019 – December 2019

Location: Linn County

Sites: Capitol Dental Care, Albany General Hospital, Samaritan Cancer Resource Center

Regional Health Education Hub

This pilot transforms the delivery of health education in the tri-county region by establishing a central health education hub. This allows community members, social service agencies, and healthcare professionals to easily access the full range of health education offered.

Health outcomes:

  • Improve member chronic disease self-management skills
  • Reduce overall healthcare utilization
  • Decrease Emergency Department visits

Sustainability: If successful, the partnerships will continue and funding will occur through cost-sharing and insurance contracts.

CHIP areas: Access, Chronic Disease & Prevention

Date range: January 2018 – September 2019

Location: Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties

Site: Samaritan Health Services Health Education

Veggie Rx in Lincoln County

Lincoln County Public Health and the Lincoln County School Based Health Centers will work with local food agencies and programs to provide resources to those with food security needs. Families with food security needs will be referred to Food Share of Lincoln County.

Health outcomes:

  • Improve the food security screening rate
  • High graduation rate from nutrition education courses
  • Increased enrollment in Food Share for members with food security needs

Sustainability: If successful, the Lincoln County Health & Human Services will continue to provide food security services.

CHIP areas: Access, Chronic Disease & Prevention

Date range: January 2018 – June 2019

Location: Lincoln County

Sites: Lincoln County Health & Human Services and Lincoln County School Based Health Centers