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. The groups had operated from separate facilities scattered throughout the Beaverton area that were overcrowded due to high demand. The partners frequently saw the same at-risk clients and making multiple trips and shared it was a barrier to clients receiving service.
One goal of the project was to assit the partners in discussions around co-location; fully integrating their programs; 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; achieve economies of scale by sharing common ancillary services (e.g., labs or pharmacies), classroom space and office functions; and offer interdisciplinary clinical opportunities for students in the various health professions at Pacific University to train in a patient centered medical home model.
The project was in alignment with the City of Beaverton’s Civic Plan.