Regional Community Health Network & Community Pathways Networks

The Regional Community Health Network (RCHN) coordinates services to improve health and increase equity in the Portland Metropolitan Area tri-county region.

The Regional Community Health Network seeks to create an integrated system of services to ensure that individuals and families have stable and consistent access to health care, social services and other resources necessary to create healthy communities.

Project Summary

A high-functioning Regional Community Health Network is potentially transformative for community health and well-being. The innovation–and most difficult work—is connecting, aligning and expanding existing initiatives to address the social determinants of health in multiple sectors with the result of better outcomes for families and individuals.

The Regional Community Health Network is a “network of networks” and will encompass multiple strategies, initiatives and models. The Regional Community Health Network already is building on and coordinating with existing efforts, such as the Community Pathways Network, the Oregon Community Health Worker Association, and the Help Me Grow Network.

The Regional Community Health Network recognizes that there is no singular path to “best” address the social determinants of health. The diversity of the Portland Metropolitan Area tri-county region and the complexity and depth of community needs require multiple approaches.

The Regional Community Health Network seeks to create a framework for coordination and collaboration and to leverage existing resources to achieve better outcomes. Numerous stakeholders and organizations are involved in a multitude of efforts—the unique value of the Regional Community Health Network is to create linkages and to build in appropriate evaluation processes to ensure a cycle of continuous quality improvement.

Products and Services

The Regional Community Health Network has multiple features that, combined, creates a coordinated and comprehensive network that breaks down silos and puts individuals and families at the center of systems.

Key components of the Network include:

  • Beta Community Health Record
  • Cross Sector Bridge
  • Social Determinants of Health Referral Mechanism: Closed Loop
  • Service Connection Outcomes and Value-Based Payment
  • Real-Time Community Resource Directory

The long-term goals of the Regional Community Health Network are straightforward–improved community health, reduction in disparities and cost savings across sectors. With focus and intention, cooperation and collaboration, the Regional Community Health Network can positively impact the health and well-being of vulnerable families and individuals across the tri-county region, while streamlining services and reducing costs.