May 23, 2017

Opening a wellness center at a Portland university

Collaboration grows for the 3 to PhD® movement.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente clinicians will provide a full range of primary care and dental services at the Kaiser Permanente 3 to PhD® Wellness Center, a 2,500 sqare-foot wing inside the new Faubion School and Concordia University facility opening this fall 2017.

Kaiser Permanente joins Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, and Trillium Family Services in the trailblazing model to creating safer, healthier and more educated communities. Trillium Family Services will continue to provide mental and behavioral health services.

The services including dental, physical exams, screenings, immunizations, onsite lab services, and referrals will initially be available to students of Faubion and Concordia and will be open standard weekday hours.

“Prevention and early intervention are critical in achieving total health — mind, body and spirit,” said Imelda Dacones, MD, CEO and president of Northwest Permanente. “3 to PhD takes prevention to an unprecedented level by wrapping services – medical, dental, social, and behavioral — around children and their families to address more holistically the factors that influence their health and well-being.”

“We joined 3 to PhD because we have a shared vision to develop a safer, healthier, better educated community,” said Andrew McCulloch, president, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan of the Northwest. “Kaiser Permanente’s goal is to make the communities we serve among the healthiest in the nation.”

The collaboration also benefits Concordia University students by providing experiential learning opportunities for the University’s College of Health and Human Services and its many bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs, including nursing, health care administration, psychology, social work, and exercise and sports science. Meanwhile, Concordia students include and engage Faubion students through health care curriculum, career exploration, programming and prevention.

“Health and wellness are foundational to ensure children come to school ready to learn, and Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to 3 to PhD is groundbreaking in the way it’s fully integrated within a public school,” said Gary Withers, JD, Concordia University Foundation president and the university’s chief strategic relations officer.

ABOUT 3 to PhD®

3 to PhD creates safer, healthier, more educated communities – from prenatal care through pursuing one’s highest dreams – to ensure young people can pursue their highest potential. For more information visit