ORH Funding Sources
The Oregon Office of Rural Health administers and offers several funding sources for rural Oregon health care providers and sites.
HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon
Oregon is a large and beautiful state. From the gorgeous coastline to the mountaintops of eastern Oregon, and all the geological wonders in between, Oregon has it all. Most of us assume that if we have a medical emergency while we’re out exploring our wonderful state, help is just a 9-1-1 call away. That is true, but what you may not realize is that in many rural parts of this state the people who respond to that 9-1-1 call are volunteers. Without these volunteers the response to a 9-1-1 call could be hours away.
These volunteers take time off work and away from their families to become Emergency Medical Responders (formerly licensed as First Responders) and EMS Providers (formerly licensed as EMTs). They pay out of their own pockets to get the training needed to respond when you call -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But more and more, these volunteers simply can’t afford the ongoing tuition and related travel costs. They need your help.