Quest Center for Integrative Health, a nonprofit, community-based health center, was founded in 1989 as “Project Quest Integrative Health Center” by two friends: Lusijah Marx, RN, PMHNP, PsyD, and Lucas Harris. Originally a psychosocial support service provider for people living with HIV/AIDS, the “project” expanded over the decades, first to include all people affected by illnesses and chronic pain, and then in 2000 to include a medical/wellness component with a holistic focus.
We are proud to represent the communities we serve.”
Half of our staff and clinicians, and one-third of our Board of Directors, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ).
Our diverse and talented Board of Directors
meets monthly to ensure the sustainability and growth of Quest Center’s infrastructure and service
of care. Members of the board work with our executive director and business manager to maintain oversight and control of all finances.
Through our integrated, multidisciplinary
approach to health care in a community-based setting, we strive to empower people, nurture community, and promote health and well-being
by meeting the physical, emotional, spiritual,
and social needs of our clients.
It is our basic philosophy to
engage all clients to become active participants in their health care and to become educated to make the best choices available for their health and wellness.”
Who We Serve
We believe strongly in excellence of service and that the same quality and variety
of care options should be available to all of our patients, regardless of income, insurance, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, race, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, HIV status, or chronic health conditions.”
Our commitment to evidence-based practice with at-risk populations is fundamental to our work and essential to the health of our community.
We offer services to uninsured and underinsured clients based on outside funding sources through the generosity of government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individual friends of Quest Center. Please contact our intake coordinator at (503) 238-5203 ext. 325 for more information and eligibility requirements.
Quest Center is licensed by the State of Oregon as a community mental health agency and an alcohol and drug treatment services provider. Our licensed, credentialed practitioners and staff work collaboratively as a team and with external partners to assist clients in reaching the goals set forth in their individual treatment plans. Data indicates that our extensive outreach and use of peer mentors have successfully enabled clients to adhere to medical and treatment protocols, keeping clients engaged in their care.
Our mental health team of qualified mental health professionals (QMHPs) includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and masters level mental health professionals. The medical team includes a doctor of osteopathy, doctor of naturopathy, family nurse practitioner, doctor of Chinese medicine, licensed acupuncturists, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Our alcohol and drug recovery counselors in the Finding and Sustaining Recovery program are licensed CADCI or candidates for licensure. In addition, our programming includes yoga instructed by a registered yoga teacher.
We are a training site for doctoral level candidates in psychology from Pacific University and master’s level social work candidates from Portland State University. Quest Center further serves as a practicum site for alcohol and drug counselors training through Portland Community College. Chinese medical students intern at Quest Center as part of their Community Health Internship at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Residents from Oregon Health and Science University’s Oncology Department assist with Quest Center cancer clients. HIV services are led by a director with a master’s degree in public health.
Quest Center was named a Multnomah County Public Health Hero in 2010. We are the sole mental health provider for Ryan White Services in the Portland. That is, we provide mental health care for HIV positive men and women who fall below 200% of the federal poverty line.