Meyer Memorial Trust grant builds capacity for collaboration

Grant supports evaluation efforts to help 3 to PhD® close the education gap

February 27, 2018 – Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded the 3 to PhD collaboration a three-year grant of $156,035 to support evaluation, data sharing, and collaborative analysis.

In an effort to help break the cycle of generational poverty and inequality, 3 to PhD aims to create safer, healthier and more educated communities by reducing health disparities and increasing educational attainment for historically underserved and vulnerable populations.

Trillium Family Services will serve as the representing organization to receive and administer the grant.

3 to PhD core providers include Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, Kaiser Permanente, basics (formerly Pacific Foods), and Trillium Family Services. In collaboration with community, they provide services and programs including early childhood education, physical, oral, and mental health, food access, and other wraparound services – all while preparing the next generation of educators through Concordia’s College of Education.

Meyer Memorial Trust’s support is a significant boost for 3 to PhD as a new national educational model, as evaluation methodologies are developed and used to improve system design and increase the odds that programming and interventions support student learning by meeting children’s basic needs. The grant will specifically fund staffing, evaluation tools, and community incentives to engage families in the research and evaluation process.

“The 3 to PhD initiative fits well with Meyer Memorial Trust’s goal of encouraging and investing in collaborations with organizations serving communities experiencing disparities,” said Matt Morton, director of Meyer’s Equitable Education portfolio. “We look forward to hearing about its close integration among all community stakeholders.”

Reed Mueller, co-chair of the 3 to PhD Performance Management & Evaluation Committee and Concordia professor said, “We are focused on cultivating a culture of data-driven learning and adaptation while sharing best practices with the education community. This grant helps us immensely in that effort.”

The 3 to PhD Performance Management & Evaluation Committee is committed to the integrity and security of any data connected to this collaboration, and is taking every feasible measure to ensure the safe and secure management and storage of all information.

ABOUT 3 to PhD
3 to PhD is a trailblazing educational model to create safer, healthier and more educated communities from early learning through Pursuing one’s Highest Dreams (PhD). The goal is to close the opportunity gap for the most vulnerable children and families. The initiative restores school as the heartbeat of the community and includes K-8 classrooms, Concordia’s College of Education, advanced STEAM spaces, an early childhood center, school-based health clinic, grocery store, food pantry, community kitchen, and more. It is housed in a new 133,000-square-foot, $48 million educational facility that opened in fall 2017. For more information visit and on social media @3toPhDpdx.

Kaiser Permanente Grant Funds 3 to PhD Dental Care

Grant improves students’ dental health at in-school wellness center

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 23, 2017 – Concordia University received a grant of $59,064 from Kaiser Permanente to promote dental health as part of the 3 to PhD® initiative, a collaboration between Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School,  Trillium Family Services, basics, and Kaiser Permanente.

Funding supports essential equipment for onsite dental services to serve students and their families at the Kaiser Permanente 3 to PhD® Wellness Center. The 2,500 sq. ft. wing of the new Faubion School + Concordia University facility opened this fall, 2017, in NE Portland and is devoted to health, wellness and nutrition.

“Poor oral health negatively affects kids’ ability to learn,” said Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, Dean of Concordia’s College of Health & Human Services. “3 to PhD addresses the link between dental health and students’ ability to remain focused on school and learning.”

Onsite dental health helps minimize lost learning time through preventative care and prompt treatment of oral health problems.  A healthy mouth allows a child to chew without pain, interact with other students without fear of bad breath, and impacts health later in life.  Providing dental services inside the school creates access and minimizes missed class time for students, missed work time for parents, and transportation to and from appointments.

“Prevention and early intervention in dental health are critical in achieving total health,” said Tracy Dannen-Grace, Director of Community Partnerships & Philanthropy for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “This grant is part of Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing commitment to 3 to PhD® and our overall mission to provide high-quality, affordable care for the broader community.”


Photo of happy, smiling, elementary school kidsCommunity Benefit connects Kaiser Permanente with the communities we serve, expanding our influence beyond our clinics and hospitals to create new and equal opportunities for everyone to live a long, healthy life. In 2015, we contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest.


With a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society, Concordia University-Portland serves more than 5,000 students on campus, and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Arts, & Sciences, School of Management and School of Law in Boise, Idaho. 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 and on social media @3toPhDpdx. For more about Concordia University, visit and

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