Proactive Prevention Program Gets a Kickstart Thanks To a Grant From Pacific Health Associates

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising entity affiliated with Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC), has been awarded a grant in the amount of $26,000 for their Proactive Prevention Program, also known as P3.

P3 is in the development phase and was created to provide outreach to medically underserved populations to assure that they can overcome barriers to accessing preventative health screenings. Specifically, grant funds will be used to bring on a new community health worker whose primary job function will be seeking out such patients in MCMC’s six county service area, which includes Wasco, Sherman, Hood River and Gilliam counties in Oregon and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington.

Pacific Health Associates, an affiliate of PacificSource Health Plans, is in its 10th year of providing grants for such programs. More that $5 million has been awarded over the last decade, all to improve community health by awarding grants to healthcare organizations in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington.

“P3 has the potential to help identify certain health concerns before they become issues,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, Executive Director of Outreach, Communication & Foundation at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “This grant from Pacific Health Associates allows us to get a community health worker on board to help identify people we might be able to help,” she adds, “we are extremely grateful for the support.”

For more information about programs that help local patients please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at 541-296-7275, or visit online at