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Trillium Innovation Fund

Trillium Innovation Fund

Trillium has awarded grants to seven organizations from its 2021 Innovation Fund. Grant recipients were selected from providers and community stakeholders in Lane, Western Douglas, and Western Linn counties that are driving innovative solutions to improve the health of Trillium members. 

Consumer members of the Trillium Community Advisory Council reviewed and scored the grant applications to determine the final awards. 

Grant focus areas include Behavioral health integration, Oral health integration, social determinants of health, CCO quality metrics, and Cost containment.

You can view the Trillium Innovation Fund recipients below.

2021 Trillium Innovation Fund Recipients

  • Friends of the Children: Critical social-emotional and systems navigation support that increases access to preventative and primary care for children and families
  • HIV Alliance: Low barrier, culturally responsive, nonjudgmental, harm reduction, client centered, and integrated behavioral health counseling to underserved people in Lane County
  • Center for Family Development: Cognitive behavioral therapy structure and interventions with emphasis on affirming the unique challenges and stressors experienced by gender diverse youth and teens
  • Planned Parenthood of the SW: Secure electronic messaging system to streamline patient intake process, shorten telehealth visit times and increase telehealth appointment access
  • Trauma Healing Project: Complementary and integrative health (CIH) interventions that promote healing and wellness that can dramatically improve outcomes for survivors of trauma, with the goal of reducing healthcare costs
  • Square One Villages: Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE), which provides non-congregate shelter for adults experiencing homelessness and support them in stabilizing their lives and transitioning into permanent, affordable housing
  • Project Blessing: Basic Needs Initiative for both schools in the Reedsport School District through Project Blessings Food Pantry

In lieu of offering Innovation Fund grants in 2020, Trillium partnered with multiple organizations to promote COVID-19 relief efforts in the communities we serve. Funding helped support a variety of underserved and vulnerable populations, including the unhoused and BIPOC communities.


2019 Trillium Innovation Fund Recipients

The 2019 Innovation Fund was supplemented by the Oregon Community Foundation's Community Wellness Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

What length of time do Innovation Funds cover?

Approved projects are funded for 12 months. For example, if a project goes live 6/1/19, funding will be available through 5/31/2020, with the caveat that certain accounting/finance accrual conditions must be met by the end of calendar 2019 in order for any remaining disbursements of the 2019 available funding to cross over and be paid in 2020.

What mechanism, if any, will there be for evaluating projects within the 12‐month funding time frame of the Fund for projects whose results could take longer than 12 months to mature?

A specific defined evaluation mechanism is not yet available as it depends on the type and circumstances of the proposed Program. In order to be approved for Innovation funding for Year 1, a proposed program/project will have to demonstrate a robust business case and plan that outlines the key assumptions, metrics, and indicators that need to be met in order for the program/project to be deemed successful at end of Year 1. The business plan also needs to outline the required funding resources after Year 1 and what is the plan to secure those funding resources, if ongoing program funding is needed. Trillium funding after Year 1 is not guaranteed. In order for Trillium to consider extending funding after Year 1 (through an ongoing annual Agreement and not through the Innovation Funds), the proposed program/project will have to demonstrate that it has met the milestones, outcomes/ROI, and community impact as initially presented when approved for the Innovation funding (both leading and lagging quantitative and qualitative measurements). If certain success metrics are not available during Year 1, the program/project will have to measure and report on other, more leading indicators that show program success and progress towards the stated goal/objective.

What is a value‐based program (as listed under the headline "Who can apply" on page 1)?

Value‐based programs (VBPs) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) are related and many times used inter‐changeably. They refer to payment and reimbursement methodologies that try to incorporate and tie payments to positive and improving health outcomes and other quality and performance metrics (and it often includes elements such as risk‐share, shared savings, etc.). Moving from a fee‐for‐service to these value-based programs and reimbursement methodologies for healthcare payments has been a long‐term goal of CMS nation‐wide, as well as part of OHA’s CCO 2.0 goal.


2018 Trillium Innovation Fund Recipients

  • Independent Primary Care Specialists: Clinical pharmacist in primary care offices
  • Orchid Health: Rural trauma-informed community health and peer support program
  • Oregon Integrated Health: Oral health integration in a primary care clinic
  • Simple Screens: Placement of screening tablets in clinics

If you have questions or need more information, please email Hestian Stoica, Director Strategic Sourcing.