December 2017 Newsletter

The staff of the Oregon Office of Rural Health wishes everyone a happy holiday season!  We look forward to a successful 2018!

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Support our HEROs – Oregon’s Rural, Volunteer EMS Providers

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EMS is the front door to our health care system. When you call 911, you want to know someone will be there for you. Help us make that happen.

“The assistance of the HERO program is a great asset to our community and very much appreciated. With the support of your program we now have 2 additional EMT and 4 EMR trained staff to assist our agency and the public that we serve.”
– Chief John Brazil, Harbor Rural Fire Protection District, Harbor OR

Through your generous support, the ORH HERO (Helping EMS in Rural Oregon) program offers support to our rural, volunteer EMS providers. Since 2010, HERO has made more than $212,000 in grant awards to defray the cost of training for these volunteers.

We can’t do it without you! Your continued support will allow us to continue this great work.

As 2017 comes to a close, please support the HERO program so we can make 2018 a huge success!

Click here to show your support for our HEROs!

“Our volunteers have used funds to become EMTs and our agency to provide regional training for us and our surrounding rural agencies. This is training that might not happen if it weren’t for the HERO program.”
– Louise Groomer, EMS Administrator, Chiloquin Fire and Rescue


CAH and EMS Trauma Scenario Simulation Training: Competitive Opportunity Announcement

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to announce the Trauma Simulation Training Opportunity Grant. Applications to participate in an on-site simulation will be accepted until 5pm, December 29, 2017.

Click here for details.

Mark your 2018 Calendars!

35th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference

October 3-5, 2018
Bend, Oregon
Click here for details

2nd Annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

May 16 – 8, 2018
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Pendleton, Oregon
Click here for details

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission Needs Your Feedback

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission needs your feedback! Take a six-to-ten-minute survey to give input on how the Patient Safety Commission can improve its services to meet your needs.

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