Bringing Health Out of Clinics, Into Communities

Getting healthy habits out of the doctor’s office and into everyday life is the goal of some pilot programs for CareOregon, with potential for expansion beyond the Portland area. The Community Innovations goal is to look at members’ concerns that end up affecting their health, from their housing situations to food insecurity, and determine what can be done to keep them healthier and prevent more expensive medical care later.

The first “Community Innovations” pilot is underway in a couple of Portland neighborhoods. The goal of “Give to Get” is to reduce support social interactions among people with chronic health conditions. It is an informal network of neighbors willing to help each other, from raking leaves and giving haircuts to checking in on older people.