Columbia Basin Health Association

Inactive for the 2017-2018 internship year

As an Affiliate Member site of the Cascades Region, Columbia Basin Health Association will not match directly with interns, but will work in collaboration with other sites within the consortium for the training year. Interns may be assigned to this location as a part of their rotation with a Core or Adjunct site.

Internship positions available: 0

Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) is a community and migrant health center located in Othello, Washington. CBHA was established in 1973 as a private non-profit organization to provide access to health care services to farm workers and their families. The mission of CBHA is to provide equal access and quality healthcare to all persons regardless of age, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, or the ability to pay. From its beginning, CBHA has taken a holistic approach integrating comprehensive health care and social services to serve residents in a 3,687 square mile service area in rural Eastern Washington. CBHA places a strong focus on “Keeping Healthy Those Who Feed the World.”

CBHA has four sites located in Adams and Grant Counties which are located in the heart of the Columbia Basin, an area that is known for its strong agricultural contributions in the state of Washington. As its common in many agricultural based communities, much of the work is seasonal therefore providing limited income to the workers as such over 85% of CBHA patients fall below 200% of the federal poverty level with over 41% at or below the federal poverty level. CBHA uses an interdisciplinary model of care that uses medical providers, dentists, behavioral health providers, health educators, nutritionist, case managers, and community health workers to meet the needs of the families served by CBHA. CBHA believes in providing access to interventions and promoting safety and behavioral change to improve the quality of life for low-income families. CBHA has strong collaboration relationships with local service providers as this is a necessity in rural communities in order to best meet the needs of the families we serve.

Our Mission

Provide access to quality healthcare services to all persons regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, color, or national origin.

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director

Leo Gaeta, M.S.W.

Mr. Gaeta is the Director of Programs at Columbia Basin Health Association, a community and migrant health center located in Othello, Washington. As the Director of Programs, he is a member of the Executive Team and works to develop and implement programs that meet the various needs of families in the community. Some of these programs include: Behavioral Health, Health Education, Early Intervention Services, Maternity Support Services, Woman Infant and Child (WIC), Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Families, as well as other outreach programs.
Mr. Gaeta earned his master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University in 1991, and has extensive experience in providing integrated behavioral health services within a medical practice setting utilizing solution-focused brief therapy.

Training Opportunities

Interns will get exposure to a large variety of conditions experienced by our patient population. This will vary from kids to elderly and from male to female. This provides for a great environment to learn in a hand-on approach. We also have great working relationship with local services providers such as health department, school districts, etc. Our patient population is very diverse;we serve a large number of Hispanic patients, Mixteco-speaking families, teens, farm workers, as well as rural communities. The diagnoses most commonly seen/treated are depression, anxiety, children’s mental health, adjustment disorders, PTSD, and some chronic conditions (bi-polar, schizophrenia).

Example Training Opportunities:

  • Individual Child Therapy
  • Individual Adolescent Therapy
  • Individual Adult Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Substance Abuse / Addictions Treatment
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy

CBHA has state of the art technology resources. We use an electronic medical record system and have the ability to collect and analyze data for process improvement and measure outcomes.

Intern Selection Process

CBHA will interview intern candidates that already possess a master’s degree and are able to receive their license in the state of Washington. Preference will be given to candidates that are bilingual in English and Spanish and have a desire to work with underprivileged/underserved diverse populations. We will strongly consider individuals with a commitment to community health and with orientation on brief solution focused interventions.