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Supporting Community Based Organizations impacted by COVID-19

Supporting Community Based Organizations impacted by COVID-19

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Health Share is distributing $4.6 million to local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to help offset the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations. Specifically these funds are going to organizations that focus on serving communities of color. In total, 58 community-based organizations are receiving funds.

We know that COVID-19 has had a tragically unequal effect on communities of color. CBOs play a critical role in supporting the health of these communities. These funds will help them offset impacts, both in the community and to their own organizations. This is a meaningful step in addressing health equity.

The direct distribution of these funds is a new feature of Health Share operations. It was made possible by a recent change in how Medicaid funds could be distributed. The Oregon Health Authority recently announced that for the remainder of 2020 the distribution of quality withhold funds are no longer tied to quality performance. In short, that means that coordinated care organizations like Health Share have  greater flexibility for supporting their mission of improved health for members. Health Share’s Board of Directors decided that 10% of these monthly withhold payments should directly support CBOs who are working with communities of color. 

Health Share and its partners trust that local CBOs know the best way to serve their communities. It is our sincere hope that these funds can continue to further the work these incredible organizations do every day. 

The following organizations will receive funding