Education at OHSU

HOWTO Grant Program

In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Health Policy Board

What is the HOWTO Grant Program?


The HOWTO Grant Program is intended to expand health professional training within the state to address current and future shortages in the health care workforce in rural and medically underserved areas of Oregon.

The program supports innovative, transformative, community-based training initiatives that will address identified local health care workforce shortages and expand the diversity of the health professional workforce. 

The State of Oregon is committed to ensuring that all Oregonians have appropriate access to high-quality health care across the state. It is therefore important to ensure that the distribution of the health care workforce appropriately meets the needs of all Oregonians no matter where they live.

To help achieve this, in 2018, the State of Oregon provided approximately $8 million in funding for grant awards for the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity Grant Program (HOWTO). This grant program is administered under the direction of the Oregon Health Policy Board in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and OHSU.

Next grant cycle begins in early 2020

How can our organization apply?

Applications are invited from Oregon community-based educational institutions, consortia, health care service organizations, health systems and others seeking funding to help launch new, innovative training initiatives to address documented shortages in specific areas of their local health care workforce.

The list below is a lens through which applications will be viewed. Item 1 is required; applications that also address items 2 and 3 will be considered to be fully responsive to the core tenets of the HOWTO Grant Program:

  1. (Required) Expand current and/or develop new health professional training in a local area, which may include Graduate Medical Education. 
  2. Address health disparities and social determinants of health.
  3. Support greater ethnic, racial and linguistic diversity and inclusion in Oregon's health care workforce. 

Applications in collaboration with established programs elsewhere in the state are strongly encouraged. 

Applications must leverage existing community resources and demonstrate a financial investment beyond the funds sought in the application.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate a data-supported health care workforce shortage in their community and describe how the proposed initiative will address this shortage.

All applications must include a detailed evaluation plan for their initiative.

Applicants must also provide information on how the new initiative will continue to be supported in a sustainable manner once the grant has expired. 

Funding may be requested for up to 3 years. 

At this time, proposals of $500,000 and under are strongly encouraged. However, applications of up to $1 million are allowed. 

The application must include all costs, including leveraged funding and in-kind support.

* Grant funds may not be used for capital construction costs. 

* Grant funds may not be used for maintenance of effort (MOE) of existing activities. 

Any grant recipient must represent it has not discriminated against and will not discriminate against minority, women or emerging small business enterprises certified under ORS 200.055 in obtaining any required subcontractors. 

For those interested in applying, please refer to the application guidelines that outline eligibility requirements, expected contents of the application packet, review process and timeline. 

Download the HOWTO Grant Program request for applications

Download the HOWTO Grant Program budget table

Submission deadline: May 24, 2019

Submission process details: Applications will be submitted electronically through the Competitive Application Portal.

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Round 1 Grantees

Increasing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Workforce in Eastern Oregon

Increase the mental health workforce in eastern Oregon by identifying qualified nurses already embedded in the region, admitting them to a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) distance education program that has been tailored to be delivered with minimal travel outside the student's community, and retaining them as licensed PMHNPs in Eastern Oregon.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Residency Program

Produce an innovative curriculum to address specific Oregon social determinants of health, two new primary care residency programs serving 16 residents per year and an evaluation plan to facilitate dissemination and replication throughout underserved areas of Oregon.

Interprofessional Primary Care Institute

Creating an innovative Interprofessional Primary Care Institute (IPCI). The institute will develop diverse, optimally-leveraged, interprofessional primary care teams for Oregon by contemporaneous delivery of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to primary care clinicians, behavioral health clinicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists, by providing intensive events for emerging primary care roles.

We are Health Community Health Worker Training Coalition

Increasing the availability of evidence-based Community Health Worker (CHW) training in multiple medically underserved and health workforce shortage areas around the state, advocate for increased funding for CHW positions around the state, and actively support CHWs to obtain employment.

Round 2 Grantees

Clackamas County Healthcare Workforce: Increasing Local Supply and Diversity

The goal of the partnership is to produce 53 newly certified health professions workers such as pharmacy, emergency room, medical and laboratory techs are included as well as home home health aids and nursing or medical assistants, focused on recruitment and tailoring to the needs of very diverse learners. Project collaborators include the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, Northwest Family Services, Clackamas Community College, Oregon Department of Human Services, and City of Estacada.

Yellowhawk/NPAIHB Behavioral Health Aide Training Center of Oregon

This is a virtual behavioral health aide/practitioner (BHA/P) education program in Umatilla, Oregon, that culminates into an AS degree of Behavioral Health Aide and graduates 6 to 12 BHA II’s annually. Collaborators include: Yellowhawk Clinic at Umatilla, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Pendleton), OHSU’s Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACOE), Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, The Klamath Tribes, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians, Northwest Indian College, Ilisagvik College, and Alaska Community Health Aide Program (CHAP).

OWhN-BMCC Medical Assisting Training Program

Establish a medical assisting program with Blue Mountain Community College. During September of 2020, the college will admit its first class of 15 students who will complete placements at three critical access hospitals located in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Rural Training Track

Residency training for three family medicine residents in each program year (3-3-3) for a total of nine residents. Residents will spend their first year of training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC) in Corvallis, and then years two and three at SPCH in Newport.

Valle Verde - Green Valley Mental Health Awareness Training

11-week Mental Health Promotion training series designed to expand the Mid-Columbia’s Community Health Workers training by: 1) training CHWs in specific skills to help prevent escalation of mental health issues; 2) decreasing stigma and increase awareness and acceptance of mental health issues in the Latino community; and, 3) informing CHWs and mental health providers about mental health issues and barriers specific to local Latino community members.

Roseburg Family Medicine Residency Program: Building Rural Oregon's Healthcare Workforce

Umpqua Community Health Center (UCHC), in partnership with Mercy Medical Center (MMC) is establishing the Roseburg Family Medicine Residency (RFMR) Program to address the burgeoning physician and broader clinical healthcare workforce shortage in Douglas County and other areas of rural Oregon, with its first cohort of residents in 2020. At full capacity, the program will train 24 residents using an 8-8-8 structure.