News & Commentary

This section will feature commentary from our staff, students, and colleagues as well as news on our students, programs, and organization.

Hello Oregon AHEC Scholars!

The Primary Care Loan Forgiveness (PCLF) program is now accepting applications!

This year the program features a new award calculation that will mean larger award amounts for most new awardees. Applications are due January 3rd, 2020. For more information, including qualifications, service commitment details and program application, visit the program’s webpage, or contact the Office of Rural Health by email at or by phone at 503-494-4450. 

The applications for SHPEP are open with a deadline of February 5, 2020. Attached is a pdf of the program’s tri-fold brochure. Additional information about the program and the online application can be accessed at the SHPEP national website, and more specific information about the UW’s program site can be found here. This is a free 6-week summer enrichment program for first year and sophomore college students from underrepresented and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds interested in health careers. Room and board is free and students are also paid a $600 stipend. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this information to the pre-health students, faculty, and advisors in your networks. I

SHPEP Brochure SHPEP Brochure (2912 KB)

We also invite you and your students to attend one of our webinars:

Tuesday, December 10 9:00-10:00 AM PST

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Meeting ID: 464 751 294

Monday, December 23 10:00-11:00 AM PST

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Wednesday, January 8 4:00-5:00 PM PST

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Meeting ID: 280 997 022


New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic

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2019 Oregon Rural & Frontier EMS Listening Tour Report 2019 Oregon Rural & Frontier EMS Listening Tour Report (8014 KB)

Trends in Oregon Nursing Education 2012 - 2018 Trends in Oregon Nursing Education 2012 - 2018 (4601 KB)

AHEC 2018 - 2019 Annual Report

May - July 2019 Director's Update

July 31, 2019 Director's Update:

April 2018 Quarterly Director's Report:

Below is the April 2018 Quarterly Director's Report from Curt Stilp, Director of the AHEC Statewide Program. 

April 2018 Quarterly Director Update April 2018 Quarterly Director Update (377 KB)


Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network (ORPRN) 2018 Convocation:  Connecting, Involvement, Community Health

WHEN:  Thursday, April 12, 2018                Convocation:  12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
               Reception:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For more information for this event or for the OAFP Family Medicine Weekend, please register at

  • They will be charging $100 for the Convocation, where you will receive CME, as well as two drink tickets for the evening celebration.

  • If you would like to come to the celebration only, please RSVP to Alisa Jackson,
  • See below to view the schedule.

    ORPRN 2018 Convocation Schedule ORPRN 2018 Convocation Schedule (498 KB)


    Below is the Quarterly Report from the Statewide AHEC Director, Curt Stilp.

    AHEC Statewide Quarterly Report for January 2018 AHEC Statewide Quarterly Report for January 2018 (239 KB)

    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.

    Help Needed on Identifying Local Hospital Administration for Community Apgar Project

    North Bend Medical Center is in need of your help in identifying local hospital administration who might be interested in the Community Apgar (recruitment and retention tool).  See below for a description on the Community Apgar.

    Apgar Description Apgar Description (391 KB)

    Community Apgar Community Apgar (1747 KB)

    If you know of a hospital administrator, clinic recruiter, etc. please contact Jill directly at

    Participate in Focus Group on Genetic Testing
    The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is looking for participants to join a focus group to share thoughts and opinions about research, genetic testing, and cancers that can be inherited (see flyer attached).  To sign up to participate in your area, call 503.418.9832.

    Genetic Reseatch Participation Flyer Genetic Reseatch Participation Flyer (553 KB)

    Contact Your Legislators Today!

    The Rural Practitioner Tax Credit will sunset if the Tax Credits Committee does not pass SB 178.

    The Oregon Rural Health Assocation (ORHA) has been told that the committee does not intend to hear the bill, let along pass it.  If you want to save the Rural Practitioner Tax Credit, you need to act today!

    Let your legislators know why this tax credit is important to you and your community and ask them to continue it.
    Contact your Legislator         
    Contact Tax Credit Comm.
    Thank you for your prompt action and for your support of the Oregon Rural Health Association, working on your behalf in Salem.

    Robert Duehmig, President, Board of Directors

    Financial Incentives Aim To Bring More Medical Professions to Rural Oregon

    OPB's "Think Out Loud" episode aired May 15, 2017 on attracting people to rural medicine in Oregon.  A Nurse Practitioner from Elgin, Oregon was interviewed along with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward.  Senator Steiner-Hayward mentioned the role of AHECs in this broadcast.  You can listen to the full segment below.

    OPB Segment on Medical Professions to Rural Oregon OPB Segment on Medical Professions to Rural Oregon (7200 KB)

    Health Care Workers Needed as Demand Grows

    The News Review in Roseburg, Oregon has been doing a series of articles on health care.  This article is from Sunday, May 15, 2016.

    Health Care Workers Needed Health Care Workers Needed (2590 KB)

    The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce this round of individual grant awards through our “Apple A Day” Rural Volunteer EMS grant program.

    Years ago the Office of Rural Health (ORH) began hearing that many rural volunteer EMS personnel struggle financially with the out of pocket expenses needed to maintain their required training. ORH decided to begin a fundraising campaign to create a grant program. The Apple A Day campaign and grant program was born, and we held the seventh annual fundraising event last October.

    Each year ORH staff solicit donated goods and services, which are used to hold a silent auction and paddle raise. The event is attended by about 100 rural Oregonians attending the annual Oregon Rural Health Conference. Each year these fine people squeeze their pocketbooks for the cause of rural volunteer EMTs. This is not a government or tax dollar funded grant program. It is funded entirely by many small, personal donations.

    If you are a volunteer who needs financial assistance in order to continue volunteering for your community, this program is for you! Awards will be made only to those who submit individual applications on their own behalf, and who complete the entire application, including the question regarding financial need for the grant. Application is below.

    EMS Apple A Day Application EMS Apple A Day Application (256 KB)


    Rural Campus Launches in Coos Bay and Klamath Falls
    Campus for Rural Health, September 30, 2015

    OHSU’s rural campus will rely on community partnerships and practice-based research to advance the health of rural communities, to create an inter-professional workforce competent to improve the health of rural populations, and to assure high quality health care delivery systems in rural environments.
    Campus Kick Off
    On Monday, September 28th we had 3 PA, 2 dental and 1 pharmacy student(s) begin their interprofessional experience in Klamath Falls. The same day 3 PA, 2 dental, 1 pharmacy, 1 surgery and 2 third year medical student(s) kicked off their rotations in Coos Bay. According to our local sources, all students arrived without a hitch. This is the first week of the interprofessional community-based student project course. Regional associate deans and their site coordinators will be in close communication with students, local preceptors and OHSU staff to assess the pilot as it continues.
    We were able to rent a very affordable 5 bedroom house in Klamath Falls and have worked with Cascades East AHEC to have them maintain a two bedroom apartment as well. The house is beautiful and has a view of Upper Klamath Lake from the living room, kitchen and deck. We secured a 7 bedroom duplex in Coos Bay in a convenient neighborhood. Both sites have dormitory options to manage the influx of students the first year of the pilot. Planning for long term student housing is ongoing.
    Future Site Development
    Over the next few months the Campus for Rural Health leadership committee will develop a strategy for enlisting community engagement on a request for proposal that will go out to healthcare partners in northeast Oregon. Under discussion is whether a fourth site will be considered at this time or at a future date. Establishing criteria for ideal site conditions is underway. There will be ample opportunities for AHEC centers to engage in the process as it moves forward. More updates on this as we get further along.
    Campus for Rural Health Launch Plans
    Monday, October 19th at 11:00 AM at Cascades East Family Medicine Center, 2801 Daggett AVE, Klamath Falls – Ribbon cutting led by Dr. Joe Robertson, OHSU President and Dr. Jenny Mladenovic, Provost
    Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 AM at North Bend Medical Center, 1900 Woodland DR, Coos Bay – Ribbon cutting led by Dr. Jenny Mladenovic, Provost 

    Students Learn About Medical Field on 'Diagnosis Day' at Mercy Medical Center -- Many high school students are asked what they want to do when they grow up and 30 local students interested in the medical field got the chance to answer the question on ‘Diagnosis Day.’ Diagnosis Day is an event that gives high school students in Douglas County an opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals at Mercy Medical Center. You can read more about the KPIC article and see video from Diagnosis Day at

    "Life As A Ship Physician" --  Jesse Taylor Schonau, M.D. gives an account of his days after leaving OHSU medical school.  Jesse stated that one of the most valuable experiences at OHSU that prepared him for his current role was participating in the Oregon Rural Scholars Program. During his third year as a medical student, Dr. Schönau spent three months in Gold Beach, OR. doing primary and emergency room care for the community of 2,200 people. “I learned how much I loved being in a remote area taking care of patients and practicing medicine with limited resources,” he said. “It was an awesome experience.”  You can read the full article on Dr. Schonau at

    The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce their new round of grant awards through their "Apple A Day" Rural Volunteer EMS grant program.  To lean more about this program and to apply on their application, go to their website at   

    AHECSW student and Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Sean Bowden was awarded the Oregon Governor's Volunteer Award in 2013. Click the link below to read more...

    SeanBowdenAward SeanBowdenAward (497 KB)

    Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon (AHECSW) announces their first year of their high school healthcare internship program in 2012-13. Click the link below to read more...