Virtual MedQest Registration Open Now!

Virtual MedQuest Registration and Promotional Video are now LIVE. 


In lieu of not being able to travel to our Oregon highschools, we need your help. Below is the promotional video and registration link for you to share with your organizations, family and friends. They can be promoted via email and websites or shared on your social media platforms. We hope to reach all the Oregon highschool students who are interested in learning more about a career in healthcare. 


Details about camp: 

  • This is a Virtual Camp held June 14th through 17th of 2021. 

  • Cost: $50.00 (There will be scholarships available for those in need);

  • Students will receive supplies to engage with the content of camp including:

    •  A stethoscope and splinting materials. 

  • Sites being featured in this years camp:

    • OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande Campus

    • OHSU on the Hill, Portland, Oregon

    • Winding Waters Clinic, Enterprise, Oregon 

    • Paragon Orthopedic Center, Grants Pass, Oregon

    • Yellowhawk Tribal Center, Pendleton, Oregon

    • La Grande Fire Department, La Grande, Oregon


Registration for camp will close Monday,  May 17th, 2021. 


Registration Link Listed Here!

Thanks so much for your help in outreach to the future of Oregon’s Healthcare, 


Promotional Video: by Grande View Productions.  














Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Deadline February 5, 2021

SHPEP deadline is Feb. 5

The deadline for students to apply for the 2021 Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is February 5, 2021.

The free six-week summer enrichment program prepares college students currently enrolled as freshmen or sophomores for a career in the health professions by enhancing their academic proficiency and providing career development opportunities.

The program offers opportunities to explore medicine, dentistry, and a host of other health careers, including nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health. Participation in SHPEP may better position students for acceptance into advanced-degree programs.

A webinar, Steps to Success with the SHPEP Application, will be held for potential applicants on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. EST.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines, and the closure of some campuses, SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in summer 2021. The pandemic necessitated virtual implementation of SHPEP in 2020, and the program was successfully delivered online to more than 930 scholars last summer. Program sites will once again strive to provide a valuable and transformative online experience to 2021 SHPEP scholars.

See the program brochure HERE,












Primary Care Loan Forgiveness (PCLF) Program Accepting Applications

The Primary Care Loan Forgiveness (PCLF) program is now accepting applications! Applications are due January 8, 2021. 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 ruralworkforce@ohsu.edu or by phone at 503-494-4450.













CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

New Phase of Provider Relief Fund Opens for Applications


Providers are encouraged to apply for the latest round of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) support. Applications will be considered regardless of whether your organization was previously eligible for, applied for, received, accepted, or rejected prior PRF payments.


For this newest phase, funding will be allocated to providers based on assessed financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by COVID-19.  


For more information about the Phase 3-General Distribution, please visit the Provider Relief Fund webpage.

Apply here through November 6

Register for the webcast on October 15 at 3 p.m. ET to learn more.











Oregon Hospitals Establish Fund For Healthcare Workers Impacted by Fires

Health Care Heroes Relief Fund will help victims get back on their feet


The Oregon Association of Hospitals Research and Education Foundation (OREF) today launched the Health Care Heroes Relief Fund to provide aid to the more than 100 Oregon health care workers impacted by the fires spreading across the state.

“As fires rage across Oregon, dozens of front-line health care workers have lost their homes and their cherished belongings. Our health care heroes are there for us when we need them most. Now they need our help to stay safe and get back on their feet,” said Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

The Health Care Heroes Relief Fund will support Oregon hospital workers who are victims of this disaster, or who become victims of these fires or future state or federally declared disasters.

“By donating to the OREF Health Care Heroes Relief Fund, you can help ensure displaced health care workers have access to shelter, clothing, and other essential items, and begin to help them get back what the fires took away,” said Hultberg.

All donations to the fund will be tax deductible as allowed under law. To donate, visit www.orhealthfund.org, or make checks payable to OREF Health Care Heroes Relief Fund.

OREF is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization established in 1989 by OAHHS. Its mission is to study health care-related activities including quality patient care, operational efficiencies, cost containment, problems in rural areas, and alternative delivery methods for hospitals and related health care services. The Foundation develops qualified financial resources to carry out related programs that assist OAHHS, its members, and the public.

About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.









Take the Next Step in your Career with the NHSC Students to Service Program

The 2021 Application Program and Guidance for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP) is now open and includes new nursing disciplines. In response to health workforce needs for quality primary and maternity care, the FY21 program includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). The application cycle closes on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

About the Program: NHSC S2S LRP applicants may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for their medical, nursing and dental school student loans. Eligible health professional students in their final year of school receive the award in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal, or urban community. Read the 2021 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-1.2 MB) carefully before you start your application.    

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO), dental (DDS or DMD), NP or CNM degree program at a U.S. accredited school.

  • Installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.

  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.

Technical Assistance

Application Webinar
Tuesday, September 15
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Join the Webinar
Dial in: 800-857-9780
Passcode: 4606794

Online Q & A Sessions 

Tuesday, September 29  &  Monday, October 26
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Ask a Question

For additional information, including a program fact sheet, visit the NHSC website. Find NHSC-approved sites on the Health Workforce Connector.







NACCHO Recruiting for Fellowship Program

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is recruiting for two graduate students to join the 2020-2021 Health and Disability Fellowship Program. This program offers an invaluable workforce development opportunity for graduate students seeking hands-on experience in the public health disability field. NACCHO trains the fellows to become leaders in promoting the health of people with disabilities through inclusive programming, products, and services.


This is a paid fellowship slated to start in September 2020 and run through July 30th, 2021. The fellowship includes a stipend not to exceed $8,000 and travel expenses to at least one conference or meeting. ASL interpreters, captioning services, or other accommodations are available upon request. The fellows can work at NACCHO's headquarters in Washington, DC, or they can work remotely from their graduate school location.


Applications will be reviewed through September 1, 2020. Learn more and apply. For questions about the fellowship, contact Sara Lyons at slyons@naccho.org.





DELTA - Developing Equity Leadership through Training and Action

DELTA is a nine-month statewide, comprehensive health equity and inclusion leadership program that strategically provides training, coaching, project management and technical assistance to key health, community and policy leaders.

DELTA is now accepting applications through August 31, 2020 (see information sheet).

To apply and learn more go to Oregon Health Authority's website.



Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Application Cycle Close Date

The June 2020 Oregon Office of Rural Health Newsletter incorrectly listed the Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Application cycle close date as June, 30, when the close date is in actuality July 30, 2020. Eligible providers working at qualifying practice site who wish to have their application considered for the current cycle must submit a completed application no later than 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on July 30, 2020. Eligible providers are highly encouraged to submit their application as far in advance of the close date as possible. More information, including current and future close dates, can be found on the program‘s webpage.



HERO - Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to announce the opening of the competitive Helping EMS in Rural Oregon: HERO grant application cycle for 2020. The application period opens June 1, and closes at 5pm on June 30, 2020. Four rural and/or frontier agencies will be awarded up to $2500 each, with an agency match component. Awardees will be notified by July 10, 2020. The fillable PDF application form is attached, and is also available on the ORH HERO web page.


The 2020 HERO award is made possible by a very generous donation from the former board of the Port Orford Community Ambulance (POCA). Though the work of POCA is ended, their legacy will provide rural and frontier community EMS resources direct to agencies. We are grateful to all that POCA providers contributed to their community for over 60 years. Thank you.

About the HERO Campaign

The Oregon Office of Rural Health HERO grant provides funds to help rural and frontier Emergency Medical Services agencies pay for training. If you represent a rural EMS agency that wishes to conduct an in-house training, and perhaps include EMS personnel from surrounding communities, this grant is for you. Funds may also be used to send staff to training that cannot be offered locally. You may apply for funding for any training class or exercise completed within the next 12 months.


*Please note that your agency must be located in a rural or frontier area and recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system.


For questions about the HERO campaign or award program please contact Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | (971) 271-0481.