As people of Providence, giving back to our communities is an expression of our Mission and values. We care deeply about the people we serve, and we are called to be steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
2021 was a challenging time as we entered the second year of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Oregon, the ongoing impacts from this health crisis put additional pressure on social isolation, houselessness, critical health care needs, food insecurity and mental health resources.
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As the complexities of social conditions and physical needs become more interwoven, Providence in Oregon is continuing our focus on how community benefit investments support population health. We are partnering with community organizations, elected officials, schools, parishes and labor organizations to improve community health and provide lasting benefit. In addition to supporting legislation that increases access to care for low-income Oregonians, Providence has committed resources to address immediate and long-term needs.
In 2021, Providence invested more than $315 million in Oregon communities. This included nearly $57.3 million in free and low-cost care and more than $5.4 million in community grants and program funding.
Our community giving addresses the following needs:
- Increasing access to care and the ability for all people to access primary, dental and culturally responsive services
- Improving behavioral health services by decreasing the stigma and barriers to treatment
- Reducing and caring for chronic conditions through prevention, diagnosis and treatment
- Addressing health-related social determinants to help people gain stable housing, nutritious food, living-wage jobs and dependable transportation
- Responding to the impacts of COVID-19 including testing and vaccination, especially in BIPOC communities
I’m extremely proud of this work and our partnerships with community organizations that share our vision. I invite you to read these inspiring stories and learn how Providence is improving the health and well-being of all Oregonians.
- William Olson, Interim Chief Executive, Providence Oregon