Adventist Health Portland | Living Well | Fall 2023

4 LIVING WELL Mission in action The CPE program trains ministers and laypeople to support people of any — or no — faith tradition when they need it most. “It provided a space for me to learn to be present with myself and with others,” says Katie Wagner, an Adventist Health Portland CPE graduate, now serving as the mission and spiritual care leader at Adventist Health Columbia Gorge. “Through CPE, I’ve learned so much about empathy, compassion and grace.” CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE) ● Free and discounted care. ● Health-improvement activities. ● Education and research. ● Aid to underserved people and older adults. ● Subsidized community health care. INVESTING IN A HEALTHY FUTURE For many years, we’ve hosted a free Christian music concert in November. In return, guests have donated more than 10,000 pairs of socks and several tons of food to support the houseless and disadvantaged in our region. Our mission — living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope — isn’t just a statement. It’s our foundation, our core and our true north. A TWO-WAY STREET In 2022, Adventist Health Portland gave more than $53 million directly to Portland community needs through: Instead of assuming what our community needs, we’ve asked. A recently completed community health needs assessment is steering our priorities and partnership for the next three years. We will work with community organizations to focus on: ● Access to care. ● Food security. ● Health risk behaviors. ● Housing. A PLAN TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS Community health care isn’t just about bringing people into the hospital and clinics for health services. It’s about working together — clinical and nonclinical staff, employees, and neighbors — to share health, wholeness and hope all around our community. Care Beyond Hospital Walls ER nurses (from left) Erica and Eric make sure the community closet stays stocked with new and gently used clothing for patients in need.