Providence Acts to Identify and Address Community Need Across Oregon
Every day, the people of Providence work to provide health services for our patients and communities. Our Mission calls us to care for the poor and vulnerable, with a key part focusing on community giving and partnerships to improve health and address the well-being of our communities.
In 2018, Providence invested nearly $550 million in Oregon communities – a 16 percent increase from the previous year. This included more than $24 million in community grants and subsidized services for things such as health screenings and health improvement initiatives. Providence also provided $54 million in free and discounted care.
Our community giving addresses the following needs:
- Increasing access to care and the ability for all people to access primary, dental and culturally responsive services
- Improving behavioral health services by decreasing the stigma and barriers to treatment for mental health conditions, substance abuse and adverse experiences
- Reducing chronic conditions through prevention, diagnosis and treatment
- Addressing health-related social determinants to help people gain stable housing, nutritious food, living-wage jobs and dependable transportation
To identify these needs and ensure investments are made in a meaningful way – each of our eight Oregon hospitals develop a Community Health Improvement Plan every three years. These plans are informed by community partners, public health data and interviews with key stakeholders, including at-risk people and our own caregivers.
I’m extremely proud of this work and the partnerships we build with community organizations that share our vision. I invite you to read these inspiring stories and learn more about how Providence is improving the health and well-being of all Oregonians.
Read more stories online or view information on how you can get involved at www.providence.org/vip.