The Beaverton Community Health Collaborative is a shared vision of the City of Beaverton, Community Action, Lifeworks NW, Pacific University, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Washington County Public Health. They currently operate from separate facilities scattered throughout the Beaverton area that are overcrowded due to high demand. Several partners have expiring leases. These partners frequently see the same at-risk clients and making multiple trips is a barrier to clients receiving service. The leadership teams of the partner organizations deeply understand the social determinates of health and see this project as a creative opportunity.
The completed project will enable the partners to co-locate and fully integrate their programs. This will enable them to deliver medical, dental, mental health, public health and wellness services in an interdisciplinary way to low and moderate income households and special needs populations in the Beaverton area. The partners can also achieve economies of scale by sharing common ancillary services (e.g., labs or pharmacies), classroom space and office functions.
Another critical aspect is the workforce development component. The project will offer interdisciplinary clinical opportunities for students in the various health professions at Pacific University to train in a patient centered medical home model.
Beaverton’s core area has two census tracts that have been designated as containing Medical Underserved Populations since 2003. The City controls a parcel of land along a MAX line in this area that the partners could potentially use to construct a building on. The project is in alignment with the City of Beaverton’s Civic Plan.