Community Benefit & Grants

Rooted In The Communities We Serve

Community Health Needs Assessments & Plans

Samaritan Health Services’ Community Benefit Program aims to help improve the health of our local communities in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s helping to support a non-profit organization, volunteering at a low-cost medical clinic, providing a scholarship to a student pursuing a health care career, or offering free health screenings, we value our involvement in community health.

Samaritan performs a Community Health Needs Assessment in each county every three years to help inform a set of Community Benefit Plans, which outline goals and priorities each year.

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What Does Our Community Benefit Program Do?

We are rooted in the communities we serve, and we are proud to be a part of the history of Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Newport and the surrounding communities. Our employees – including physicians, nurses, technicians, social workers and dozens of other professionals – are part of the community as well. They’re proud to serve as active volunteers, non-profit board members, coaches, and church and community leaders.

It’s only natural, then, that we would see the importance of extending our health care mission beyond the walls of the hospitals and physician clinics and into the community at large. Here are just a few examples of the important organizations we serve as shown in our annual Community Health Impact Reports.

InterCommunity Health Network CCO

InterCommunity Health Network Care Coordination Organization (IHN-CCO) was formed in 2012 by local public, private and non-profit partners to unify health services and systems for Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. IHN-CCO aims to improve the health of the community while lowering or containing the cost of care.

IHN-CCO funds pilots and projects that positively impact the health outcomes of our members. This is done with the support of community partners and members. The SHARE (Supporting Health for All through Reinvestment) initiative is another way IHN-CCO supports social determinants of health projects and programs in our community. SHARE is a new funding mechanism (started in 2021) with specific criteria from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and must fall into the categories of economic stability, education, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community health.

Social Accountability Grants

All across our service area, from the mid-valley to the coast, Samaritan Health Services collaborates with like-minded neighbors to bring needed health-related services to its communities.

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