OHSU

ORH Staff

Director

Scott Ekblad


Responsible for the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s services to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of health care for rural Oregonians. Represents ORH to the public, media and other agencies. Works closely with State and Federal policy and lawmakers as the ORH advocacy lead for rural health care in Oregon.

Administrative Staff

Department Administrator

Linda Peppler


Responsible for the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s operations including: human resources and payroll, budget and administrative support. Administers the Rural Practitioners Insurance Subsidy Program. Co-coordinates the annual Oregon Rural Health Conference and Apple A Day EMS fundraiser.

Office Specialist

Joanne Arnst


Provides reception and administrative support for the Oregon Office of Rural Health and all ORH staff. Serves as primary contact and administrative support for the Apple A Day EMS grant awards, annual Rural Health Conference and Apple A Day fundraiser.

Administrative Coordinator

Eric Jordan


Provides IT and communications support for the Office of Rural Health including website design and strategy; mailing list administration. Administers the Oregon Rural Practitioner and the Oregon Rural Volunteer EMS Provider Tax Credit programs.

Communications Staff

Director of Communications

Robert Duehmig


Responsible for gathering information and disseminating via newsletters, public appearances, targeted communications the annual Oregon Rural Health Conference and the ORH website to rural constituents, policy makers, and the general public. Manages the Office of Rural Health’s Workforce Services programs including the administration of loan repayment and forgiveness programs.

Workforce Staff

Loans Programs Specialist

Hilary Gossler


Administers and monitors the Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program (MPCLRP) to provide loan repayment to qualifying health care providers. Works to match awardees with practice opportunities in rural and urban underserved communities.

Workforce Services Specialist

Julie Hoffer


Supports and improves community recruitment and retention practices. Provides outreach and assistance for both candidates and facilities in finding matches, promoting opportunities via 3RNet, accessing incentive programs and other resources.

Workforce Services Coordinator

Brooke Sturtevant


Coordinates and provides support, reporting and monitoring for the Oregon Partnership State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) and the Primary Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program. Provides support for the Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program.

Field Services Staff

Director of Field Services

Meredith Guardino


Manages the Oregon Office of Rural Health Field Services including technical assistance and support to rural Oregon clinics, hospitals and communities. Oversees the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grant program. Responsible for building collaborative stakeholder partnerships.

Data/GIS Analyst

Emerson Ong


Manages data services including data procurement, database development and management, customized presentations, community health profiles, GIS mapping and reporting. Produces the annual Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Needs Report.

Hospital Technical Assistance Specialist

Maeve McClellan


Provides technical assistance and support to rural hospitals and communities. Responsible for new programming and services to meet changing constituent needs. Coordinates collaborative partnerships, advocacy and information sharing. Executes and monitors the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).

Clinic Technical Assistance Specialist

TBD

Provides evidence-based technical assistance and support to rural clinics and communities. Responsible for new programming and services to meet changing constituent needs. Coordinates collaborative partnerships, advocacy and information sharing.