Cambia Health Foundation Timeline

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UCSF Division of Palliative Care Medicine investing in innovation projects like telehealth clinician training.
Community Health Center Initiative in response to COVID-19.
Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness: founded to educate, communicate with and connect people with serious illness and their caregivers so they can live well.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation Utah: funded evaluation of home-based palliative care delivery model.

City of Hope: invested in expanding End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum.
Healthy People, Healthy Communities investing in whole person care solutions.
Endowed Pediatric Palliative Care Chair at OHSU established.
Neighborcare health investing in system and health equity.
Initial investments in Building Child Resiliency.

Founding Oregon Healthiest State
Investments to address Social Drivers of Health.
$15M invested to launch and sustain the Cambia Palliative Care Center for Excellence at University of Washington.

Sojourns® Scholar Leadership Program created to identify, cultivate and advance the nest generation of palliative care leaders.
The Conversation Project (TCP), a public engagement campaign launched to build awareness and support. 

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) funded research identifying staffing issues and gaps to existing infrastructure.

Regional grants supporting Integrated care & Health Equity throughout Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Regional Transforming Health Grants throughout Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Regional grants awarded for hospital palliative care and pediatric palliative care.
Cambia Health Foundation was founded.


When we invest in community health partners that advance equity through whole person health, we directly influence the overall well-being of the communities we serve. Endowment investing creates longer-term impact that allows our partners to innovate beyond what they could typically do. Current investments endowed by the Cambia Health Foundation reflect our ongoing commitment to advancement of palliative care innovation and include: 

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at University of Washington: In 2014, Cambia Health Foundation invested in three permanent endowments with University of Washington and one current use fund as a reflection of its enduring commitment to building palliative care clinical and educational programs. The endowments support three areas of focus in the palliative care space: education and training, leadership in clinical programs and innovative research projects.  

Oregon Health & Science University: The Cambia Health Foundation invested in OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital resulting in the development of the Bridges Palliative Care Program, a compassionate, research-based palliative care program for children. The program was the first of its kind in Oregon, supporting families across the state as well as southwest Washington. A second endowment with OHSU funds an endowed chair in pediatric palliative care to advance access, awareness and innovation in the field of palliative care.

University of California, San Francisco: In 2020, Cambia Health Foundation created an endowed fund for palliative care innovation with the University of California, San Francisco Division of Palliative Medicine. The establishment of UCSF’s Division of Palliative Medicine in 2018 represented a major step forward for the field of palliative care, and this endowment supports symposiums and innovative projects focusing on palliative care.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area: In 2021, Cambia Health Foundation endowed a Family Support Specialist position within Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area to provide a continuum of care to support behavioral health. This endowed staff position enhances the support families receive by applying the principles of social work, behavioral health, and palliative care, resulting in impactful family-centered-care.  

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