About the Health Workgroup

In October 2014, the Health Workgroup was created as a subcommittee of the Coordinating Board and charged with developing an action plan for engaging physical and behavioral health care providers and funders in Multnomah County to:

  • Assess, at an individual client level, cross over between people experiencing homelessness and high-cost utilizers of health services
  • Prioritize housing options for those identified individuals with specific exploration of funding sources that leverage existing homeless service system investments with recaptured cost savings to the health system
  • Further identify the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County and strategies to increase engagement in and delivery of appropriate health care

The action plan includes policy and funding recommendations from the workgroup’s analysis of the need and what it would take to build a system to begin to address that need.

The AHFE Action Plan Workgroups were reconvened in October 2015, as part of the Coordinating Board's outcome-based budgeting process to prioritize investment priorities from the AHFE Action Plan strategies for the next fiscal year. The Health Workgroup presented their prioritized funding recommendations to the Coordinating Board in November 2015, which informed the recommendations presented to and accepted by the Executive Committee in December 2015.

Going forward, the Health Workgroup will work on implementing policy recommendations regarding alignment of health and housing work, review emerging best practices evidence, monitor local initiatives, develop shared advocacy strategy, and shape health/housing related budget recommendations.

Meeting Frequency

Meetings will convene every other month. Please check the calendar for upcoming meetings and locations.

Membership

There is currently no formal membership. Participation ranges from 20-30, representing providers and agencies, government departments, service users, and other community members.