December 16, 2016
Portland, Ore. — CareOregon, a national leader in health care innovation, has awarded $459,000 in grants to help mitigate the consequences of childhood trauma. CareOregon’s fall round of community benefit grants—$335,000 for large development investment grants of up to $100,000, and $124,000 capacity investment grants of up to $20,000—focus on programs and projects that address and treat the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs.
The larger projects include:
“Over the past few years, there has been profound evidence that negative experiences in the early years of life can have a lifetime of consequences for an individual’s physical, mental and social health,” said Martin Taylor, CareOregon’s executive director of Public Policy and Community Relations. “The more adverse childhood experiences someone faces, the greater the lifelong risk for illness, poor academic performance and even incarceration.”
Both state and federal health authorities monitor eight categories of ACEs: household substance abuse, verbal abuse, parental separation or divorce, physical abuse, household mental illness, violent treatment of mother, sexual abuse and incarcerated household member. They’ve found the same long-term risks: heart disease,stroke, diabetes, asthma, mental distress, depression, smoking, disability, reduced income, unemployment and lower educational attainment.
CareOregon awarded funding to organizations located within the service areas of its partner Oregon Health Plan Coordinated Care Organizations: Jackson Care Connect, Columbia Pacific CCO and Health Share of Oregon.
“In our medical networks, we’re putting a great deal of effort into supporting Trauma-Informed Care, which recognizes the effects of ACEs and responds to them in the medical and mental health offices,” said Taylor. “To be really effective, we need to go out beyond the doctors offices and address ACEs in the schools and the community. That’s what the programs funded by these grants do.”
For information, contact Jerry Rhodes, 503-416-3718, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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