HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

Grant Cycle Now Open - Deadline August 31, 2018

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce a rural EMS agency training grant opportunity through our HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon grant program.

The current award application is below. Applications for this award cycle will be accepted beginning on Monday, August 6, through 5:00pm on Friday, August 31, 2018. Notification of awards will be the week of September 7, 2018.

HERO - EMS Applications HERO - EMS Applications (215 KB)


Oregon Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program

Application Opens: March 19, 2018

Deadline: May 11, 2018

Applications and award cycle information for Providers and Oregon Practice Sites can be found on the Oregon Office of Rural Health's website.

Technical Assistance

The Office of Rural Health will conduct technical assistance webinars in the month of March for both sites and providers.

Practice Site Technical Assistance Webinar

March 28, 2018
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Webinar will cover program information, site requirements and information on completing Site Applications.

Provider Technical Assistance Webinar

March 29, 2018
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Webinar will cover program information, provider requirements and information on completing the Loan Repayment Application.

Email announcements with full details on these webinars will be sent in the near future.

Oregon Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program Overview

In 2017 the Oregon Legislature created the Healthcare Provider Incentives Program (HB 3261) in the Oregon Health Authority. The purpose of the program is to support access to health care for underserved communities throughout Oregon. The program offers loan repayment to health care providers who commit to serving patients in underserved areas throughout the state.

Eligible provider types include:

  • Dentists in general or pediatric practice;
  • Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Physicians (MD, DO or ND) who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology;
  • Nurse Practitioners who practice in the specialties of adult health, women's health care, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, family practice, or nurse midwifery;
  • Physician Assistants who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology;
  • General, child and adolescent or geriatric Psychiatrists;
  • Clinical Psychologists;
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers;
  • Licensed Professional Counselors;
  • Marriage or Family Therapist

Providers must practice at an eligible Oregon site, providing primary care in an outpatient setting.

Eligible sites must:

  • Be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), or have a Facility HSPA; AND
  • Be serving Medicaid and Medicare patients in no less than the same proportion of such patients in the county; AND
  • Have a Site Application on file with the Oregon Office of Rural Health and have received confirmation of site qualification.

If the majority of providers at a site are not eligible for reimbursement from both Medicaid and Medicare, the site may qualify if it is located in a HPSA AND serves either Medicaid or Medicare patients in no less than the same proportion of such patients in the county.

Site Applications are valid for one year and can be found on the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s website.

Award Amounts and Commitment

Providers practicing full time must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 50% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $35,000 per obligation year.

Providers practicing part time must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 25% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $25,000 per obligation year.

Oregon Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment application will be available March 19th on the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s website .

Questions

For more information and answers to specific questions, please contact the Office of Rural Health at: ruralworkforce@ohsu.edu | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.



MedQuest

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center’s application deadline for their high school MedQuest Camp is quickly approaching. There is only a little more than a month left to apply, as student applications must be submitted by March 15th for consideration. Camp will take place from June 18th-22nd on the Eastern Oregon University campus.

All students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare are encouraged to apply. Northeast Oregon AHEC pre-admitted 10 outstanding students who applied by their early acceptance deadline in December, but they still have 25-30 slots left to fill and they will make their final acceptance decisions in March.

They do have scholarship opportunities available for students with a financial need. Students just need to indicate this on their applications to be eligible.

Refer to resources below for more detailed information about MedQuest.

MedQuest Web Page:

http://www.neoahec.org/programs/medquest/

MedQuest Google Slides Presentation:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eHK9Fv8Fyca7KShGborWKfFhWX789PI_QRvr1BCS3ok/edit?usp=sharing

Camp Video: What are some of the benefits of MedQuest? Hear directly from MedQuest alumni in this YouTube video from the wrap-up session at last year’s camp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DHe4IvMKc&t=1s

 


The Summer Health Professions Education Program, is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. Application deadline is February 15, 2018. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

The University of Washington is one of the hosts and the free program provides airfare/mileage reimbursement, all meals and participant stipends.