Rural and Frontier Listening Tour
ORH Listening TourThe Oregon Office of Rural Health coordinates a Listening Tour of rural and frontier health facilities to discuss and share current challenges, and to encourage partner collaboration to address solutions.
The first listening tour brought together state partners that work closely with Oregon’s rural hospitals in order to collaboratively learn more about what the hospitals think is important and challenging during a period of health reform. Tour attendees included: Kelly Ballas, then Chief Financial Officer of the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and ORH. Twenty-seven rural and frontier hospitals participated.
Five challenge areas were identified:
- Availability of mental health services
- Sustainability of health reform
- Availability of long term care
- Improving access and quality of care
- Workforce challenges