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06/28/2016

FamilyCare Health announces $100,000 grant to PHAME

Grant supports expansion of services and increased community engagement

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 28, 2016) – FamilyCare Health has announced a grant of $100,000 to PHAME, a Portland-based nonprofit organization. PHAME provides arts learning, performance, and community engagement programs for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

“This generous grant from FamilyCare Health is a game changer for PHAME as we work to inspire individuals with disabilities to lead full, independent, and creative lives through arts education and performance,” said Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Executive Director, PHAME. “It’s the largest grant we’ve ever received and it will support some of our most important work to date.” 

The grant will help support the PHAME Forward initiative, a multi-year learning, capacity building, and program expansion initiative aimed at serving more individuals through increased engagement with schools and transition programs, as well as by providing more individualized, person-centered supports. (Pictured at right: Celebrating PHAME's 30th birthday)

“At FamilyCare Health, we recognize that many factors outside of the doctor’s office contribute to an individual’s health, including social support and happiness,” said Jeff Heatherington, LHD, President and CEO of FamilyCare Health. “PHAME’s work is a wonderful example of how nontraditional approaches can offer powerful changes to the well-being of an entire community.”

The grant will also fund pilot programs that affect system change so that other organizations become more inclusive of this population in their communities and work places. For example, PHAME’s Arts Leaders program, which helps identify and train adults with disabilities to serve as self-advocates and role models through public speaking and other community engagement.

Beaudoin added, “With the support of FamilyCare Health and other community partners, we can empower more individuals with disabilities to be visible, independent, and confident role models in our community, and we’ll support the community in becoming more accepting and inclusive of these talented individuals.”

The $100,000 grant will be allocated to PHAME over the next two years. This award is only the latest grant given by FamilyCare Health. In 2015, the company awarded more than $7 million to local organizations that serve FamilyCare Health members and the broader community. 

About PHAME
Winner of the Making A Difference Award from the City of Portland, PHAME supports individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in leading their fullest, most independent, most creative lives possible through arts education, performance, and community engagement. Founded in 1984 by individuals with disabilities and their families and friends, PHAME supports over 100 young and older adults in their year-round programming, building inclusive community and increasing positive perceptions of the value of people with disabilities. Learn more at http://phamepdx.org


About FamilyCare Health

For more than 30 years, FamilyCare Health provided patient-centered health care to Oregonians. FamilyCare Health was the first health plan in Oregon to integrate models of physical and mental health and the first CCO in the tri‐county area certified by the Oregon Health Authority.

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