Areas of Unmet Health Care Need in Rural Oregon

04/06/16  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health has completed its annual Areas of Unmet Health Care Need (AUHCN) in Rural Oregon Report.

You can find the 2016 version on our Health Care Shortage page.

Areas of Unmet Health Care Need in Rural Oregon is published annually by the Oregon Office of Rural Health to determine how rural communities compare to each other, and the state as a whole, in terms of unmet health care need. We score each of the 104 rural primary care service areas based on primary care capacity, preventable hospitalizations, low birth weight, mortality ratio, and travel time to nearest hospital. Those with a cumulative score below the mean are deemed areas of unmet health care need. The report includes a map showing the service areas below the mean for each of the 5 variables, as well as a final map with the total score for all areas, highlighting the ones that are Areas of Unmet Health Care Need.

The AUCHN results are used to: determine which areas can receive governor’s designations of under-service, help identify which rural hospitals receive cost-based Medicaid reimbursement, and allocate services and resources from the Oregon Office of Rural Health.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact ORH’s Data/GIS Analyst, Emerson Ong at .