Give-2-Get: How Being Needed Can Make You Feel Better

CareOregon is taking the stance that improving a person’s health requires more than just a good health plan. Spokeswoman Rose Engler says doing so involves exercise, a healthy diet and for those with limited mobility, a support network.

The health plan is launching a program called Give-2-Get. It is a social network, but instead of sending pictures of cute cats to each other, patients offer to help one another with various chores. One person might swap an hour of walking for an hour of cleaning up another member’s closet, or helping fill out a form. CareOregon is contracting with a professor from Portland State University to track whether the health of participants improves – and if that reduces their health care costs.