Rural Scholar Didactic Opportunities

We have some more exciting didactic opportunities coming up, which I’ve summarized below. Check out our Instagram account (@oregonahecscholars) for reminders and new events as we hear about them!

Thursday, January 23rd

Friday, January 31st

February 15th

April 23rd

  • OAFP and ORPRN Student and Resident Poster Forum
    • Abstracts due February 18th
    • See attached application

On Demand:

  1. The Rural Health Voice
    1. Podcast
  2. Rural PREP Resource Library – tons of on demand resources!


What Does Rural Education Look Like?

Share your experience with us by entering the RTT Collaborative Photo Contest with a photo and short written submission about the story behind your photo.  These photos should depict health care education and training in a rural location.  Additionally, your written submission should be a story, poem, or reflection that describes how the image depicts rural education or training. The written submission should be 500 words or less and is an important part of your overall submission about your experience with rural education and training.


Must be original work by entrant
Photo must be .jpeg format, resolution at least 1200 x 600 pixels
May submit up to 5 photos
Photos and entry form must be submitted together using this link
By submitting a photo and consent form, entrant acknowledges that we can acquire the rights to use photos botht printed electronically


First Place: $250
Second Place: $125
Third Place: $75
Fourth Place: $25

DEADLINE:  Saturday, February 15, 2020
Submit your entry here!


Student and Resident Poster Forum at the 2020 OAFP (Oregon Academy of Family Physicians) and ORPRN (Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network) Annual Conference, April 23, 2020.

We are excited to announce that the call for abstracts for the student, resident and fellow poster forum at the 2020 OAFP/ORPRN spring meeting is now open. Students in any health discipline (medicine, public health, nursing, physician assistant, etc.) as well as primary care residents and fellows are invited to submit an abstract. Projects must be related to primary care, but can include research, quality improvement, education, workforce, etc. Both completed works and works-in-progress are acceptable.




A Practical Introduction to Telepsychiatry
Presented by Kimberly Humann MD and Joshua Boverman MD

Friday Jan 10th, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Knight Cancer Research Building 1011 2720 S.W. Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97201

Dr. Humann is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for OHSU School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to coming to OHSU she spent four years working in an underserved area of rural Washington State. She has a special interest in improving access to care for all who need it.

Dr. Boverman completed his Psychiatry training at University of Washington and at Mass General. Dr. Joshua Boverman is the Medical Director of the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness and treats patients in Wallowa County from here in Portland. Prior, he practiced at OHSU in both the Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine where he integrated his Psychiatry practice into primary care.


Interprofessional Primary Care Institute ~ presents ~
Interprofessional Solutions for Treating Depression in Primary Care January 18, 2020 8:00am-3:30pm George Fox University; Newberg, Oregon; Hoover Building

The First Consultation for Depression in Primary Care: “Talk First, Prescribe Later & Diagnose Rarely”

We provide interprofessional learning experiences to inspire innovation in primary care. Practicing family physician, Dr. Bruce Arroll, is traveling from New Zealand to share evidence-based best practices with Oregon. He will discuss information from the FDA that shows the placebo-antidepressant difference for differing levels of depression severity. He promotes “talk first, prescribe later, and label people with diagnoses rarely.”

Dr. Bruce Arroll
● Discuss the evidence base for the first consultation for depression in primary care . ● Demonstrate use of Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT) in clinical practice. ● Encourage interprofessional dialogue about depression care with Patti Robinson, Ph.D., co-founder of FACT & the Primary Care Behavioral Health model.
Experience the Interprofessional Difference: Creating Interprofessional Care Plans & Workflows to Support People who have Depression in Primary Care
Florence Gerber, MBA and other IPC Institute directors will facilitate an interprofessional experience to remember.

● Develop a biopsychosocial-cultural care plan with intraprofessional and interprofessional primary care teams. ● Use implementation science and quality improvement methods to develop a team-based workflow that leverages interprofessional know-how and supports a clinic’s success in value-based payment paradigms. ● Enhance interprofessional collaborative practice through experiential learning.

$150 Professional | $75 Student

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of OHSU School of Medicine and George Fox University. The OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Register here:



MedQuest Health Career Exploration Camp

June 14-19, 2020
Eastern Oregon University
La Grande, OR

For more information, see brochure below or go to

Medquest 2020 Medquest 2020 (358 KB)

Community Research Liaison, South Coast (Research Assistant 2) Position:

This position is a remote position serving Coos, Curry and Douglas counties and has overarching community outreach, research, and engagement work for multiple Oregon Health & Science (OHSU) programs: the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) Community Research Hub (Hub) and the Knight Cancer Institute Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) program. All aspects of this position call for a candidate who can serve as liaison between OHSU and the region’s defined boundaries.

The Community Research Liaison will be supported by the Hub and live in the region’s defined boundaries of Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties. This position plays a critical role in implementing and supporting community engaged research activities with and between OHSU and partners working to address regionally-identified needs. This position will work under the direction of the Community Research Program Manager and collaboratively with other staff to support community-academic partnerships and help build capacity for community engaged research across Oregon.

The Liaison will also serve as a local community health educator (CHE). In this role, they will be responsible for identifying community-based opportunities to implement evidence-based cancer activities, specific to the needs of the South Coast community. The person who fills this role will work to deliver cancer health education (e.g. HPV vaccination, colorectal cancer, etc.) and establish linkages to cancer care in the region (e.g. increase local access to HPV vaccinations, support for patients interested in clinical trials). This portion of the position will report to the Manager of COE and participate on a team of community health educators and outreach specialists.

For more information, please go to:


The Oregon Rural Health Conference student scholarship application is live. It provides students interested in health professions up to $350 travel reimbursement for attendance at the conference (hotel, per diem and mileage).

In addition, ORH will provide scholarship assistance for health care professionals who would like to attend (smaller amounts TBD, application is not live but will be on the same webpage).


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 .


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


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:

MedQuest Google Slides Presentation:

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:


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.