OWhN Initiatives

1. Chronic Disease Management

  • Implementation of evidence based practices for chronic diseases (Completed)

  • Heart disease community education (Ongoing)

  • Heart Disease and cancer coaching (Ongoing)

  • Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Treatment (Planned)

2. Health Professions Recruitment

  • Establish a Family Practice Rural Training Track Program with Providence Health System or another residency program

  • Establish a psychiatric residency program

  • Development of a medical assistants training program with BMCC

  • Establishing social work placements to implement value based care and improve behavioral health services

  • Increase the number of preceptors in the network’s service area

  • Train certified alcohol and drug counselors to provide support for regional behavioral health programs (Ongoing)

3. Training of Network Members and Collaborators

  • Expand training on Evidence Based Practices

  • Host Cultural Sensitivity training in Morrow County (Completed)

  • Arrange training on team based primary care (Completed)

  • Provide training of Value Based Care (Completed)

4. Establish regional telemedicine network

  • Establish a collaborative telemedicine network of hospitals, YTHC, Counties (In Progress)

  • Arrange contracts with regional providers including transfer center services

  • Train users and IT support on use of equipment (Completed)

  • Arrange training of network members using the network (Completed)

  • Establish a telepsych program with CHI St. Anthony Hospital

  • Complete a regional telehealth business plan (Completed)

5. Work to achieve expanded access to quality mental health services

  • Assure Continued Evidence Based Depression screening across the network (Completed)

  • Establish a crisis center for Umatilla County

  • Assess status of crisis mental health in Union, Morrow, and Walla Walla Counties; develop a regional active plan for expanding/improving services (Completed)

  • Work with providers to expanded access to substance abuse treatment, and address domestic abuse.

6. Develop the network’s organizational structure and plan for long range operation and sustainability

  • Establish a Board of Directors for the Network (Completed)

  • Approve and implement by-laws for the network

  • Complete a network sustainability plan including long range funding (Completed)

  • Establish necessary policies and procedures for the network (Completed)