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Regence Foundation Grants $390,000 to Improve Health Care Safety Net
Date:5/6/2009

Contributions emphasize need for improved mental health services and access to care

PORTLAND, Ore., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Regence Foundation announced today it awarded $390,000 to support health care safety net services in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Five of the eight grants awarded by The Foundation are for organizations nominated by Regence employees as part of the company's second annual employee-nominated transformation grant program.

"Encouraging Regence employees to be a part of our philanthropy process and hearing their stories about health care transformation has been an inspiring and rewarding experience," said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair. "The Regence Foundation and Regence employees truly believe that access to quality, affordable care - both for physical and mental health - is the basis for a strong community."

  • Asante Health Systems (Medford, OR): $250,000 to launch Navigating Troubled Waters, a program dedicated to improving care for patients diagnosed with mental illness. The program will have a special emphasis on rural, low-income and uninsured people in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Currently, Jackson County has the third highest per capita rate for psychiatric hospitalizations in Oregon.
  • Returning Veterans Project (RVP) (Portland, OR): $20,000 to help RVP continue providing free and confidential mental health counseling to returning Oregon military veterans and their families. According to a 2008 report from the Governor's Task Force on Veterans' Services, as many Oregon military veterans have committed suicide as have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Public Health Foundation of Columbia County (St. Helens, OR): $20,000 to increase the number of school-based health clinics in the community. Columbia County is one of the most medically under-served counties in
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