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
  1. Health Professions Recruitment
  • Establish a Family Practice Rural Training Track Program with Providence Health System
  • Training of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Development of a medical assistance training program with BMCC
  • Establishing social work placements to implement value based care
  • 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)
  1. 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)
  1. Establish regional telemedicine network
  • Establish a collaborative telemedicine network of hospitals, YTHC, Counties
  • 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)
  1. Work to achieve expanded access to quality mental health services
  • Implement Evidence Based Depression screening across the network (Completed)
  • Establish crisis teams 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.
  1. Develop the network’s organizational structure and plan for long range operation and sustainability
  • Establish a Board of Directors for the Network (Completed)
  • Draft and approve by-laws for the network
  • Complete a network sustainability plan including long range funding (Completed)