(Central Oregon Health Quality Alliance)


COHQA’s mission is to promote health for the benefit of the community by identifying and supporting healthcare innovation and collaboration to achieve improved quality, reduced cost, and improved patient experience. It began in 2014 as a grantmaking program to our sister organization, Central Oregon Independent Practice Association (COIPA), and established itself as COHQA in 2016 to better serve the larger community. Over the last 7 years, COHQA has awarded $1.3 million in grants to 49 projects ranging from improving patient care through care coordination to providing free foot clinics to patients experiencing homelessness to funding training and support for caregivers of chronic pain and addiction patients.


Our Priorities:

  • Provider-Led Health Care Innovation:  Goal to implement intervention(s) specific to health care delivery systems, clinicians, and/or patients that focus on the Quadruple Aim of:  Improved Quality, Reduced Cost, Improved Patient Experience, and Improved Provider and Staff Experience in the communities that COHQA serves.

  • Community-Led Health Care Innovation: Innovations to improve community health, health care, and patient or provider experience can and should come from the community itself. We encourage community members, as consumers of health care, to partner with health care providers to develop and implement fresh ideas to improve care delivery.

  • Vulnerable or underserved populations: COHQA would like to improve health and care for the most vulnerable or underserved members of our community. We support projects that address disparities in care due to socioeconomic, racial, or special needs (chronic diseases, disabilities, etc.).

  • Clinical Integration and Multi-Sector Coordination:  Implementation of intervention(s) that advance clinical and financial coordination and integration of stakeholders in the communities we serve.

  • Skill Transfer:  Efficiently and effectively to transfer skills and learned processes to other providers, clinics, or community organizations in a collaborative fashion.





2014 Grantees: Deschutes Rim Health Clinic, Mosaic Prineville, Providence Hood River Arthritis Clinic, Harney District Hospital Family Care, Weeks Family Medicine, Endocrinology Services Northwest

2015 Grantees: Bend Memorial Clinic, Deschutes Rim, Endocrinology NW, Columbia Pain Management, Partners In Care, Madras Medical, Mosaic Medical

2016/17 Grantees: Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, BMC-Cardiopulmonology, BMC-Dermatology, High Lakes, Partners In Care, BMC-Rheumatology, Endocrinology NW, BMC-Surgery, Volunteers In Medicine, Central Oregon Radiological Associates, Weeks Family Medicine, BMC-Allergy and Immunology

2018 Grantees: Columbia Pain Management, Deschutes County District Attorney, Mosaic Medical, Hearthside Medicine, BMC Bariatric Surgery Department, Central OR Advanced Practice Providers, Hood River Crag Rats, Bend Spine & Pain Specialists

2019 Grantees: Partners in Care, BMC-Population Health, Columbia Pain Management, BMC-Surgery, Volunteers In Medicine, Summit Family Medicine, Fall Creek Internal Medicine

2020 Grantees: Northwest Pediatrics, BMC-Population Health, Bend Anesthesia Group, La Pine Community Health Center, Volunteers In Medicine, Central Oregon Foot & Ankle, St. Charles Medical Group


Shimiko Montgomery

Executive Director | 


Phone: 541-585-2590 ext. 124


Phone: 541.585.2590

Fax:     541.585.2591

Central Oregon Independent

Practice Association (COIPA)

1230 NE 3rd St. Suite A-200

Bend Oregon



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