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 and is reflective of the community being served.

To help achieve this, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health & Science University have identified approximately $8 million over the 2019-21 biennium for the Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity Grant Program. This grant program was administered under the direction of the Oregon Health Policy Board in partnership with the OHA and OHSU until August 31, 2021, and is now administered entirely by OHA. Once OHA's webpage for HOWTO grants is operational, we will link to it.

The HOWTO program is not currently accepting new applications

OHA will announce new application opportunities on their HOWTO webpage when it is operational.

Information for potential future applications

This cycle of funding is now closed, but the below documents and information may be used as reference in preparation for potential future rounds.

Download the HOWTO Grant Program request for applications

Download the HOWTO Grant Program budget table

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.

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. 

Round 3 Grantees

Dental Assistant Pathways

This proposal is to increase the dental assistant workforce in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas by developing an internal Dental Assistant Training Program (DATP). This program will provide clinical training, and train for dual roles as patient navigators, drawing on their THW education to assist patients with barriers to care, including unmet social needs. The goal is to employ 60 dental assistant/patient navigators in Advantage Dental practices throughout the state within a three-year period, all the while increasing the diversity of the workforce through a larger candidate pool.

Clackamas Community College Dental Professions Camp & Scholarship Program

This program will increase the number of underrepresented minority and low-income students pursuing dental education and careers, via exposure to oral health career options and student scholarships. This project will develop a new program to be offered alongside existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) day camps for high-school students at Clackamas Community College (CCC), and will contribute to increasing the diversity of Oregon’s oral health care workforce by offering oral healthcare program scholarships for camp students to attend college.

Central Oregon Behavioral Health Consortium (COBHC)

To address both the scarcity of region-wide streamlined and coordinated training opportunities in behavioral health and to address behavioral health workforce shortages, the Central Oregon Behavioral Health Consortium (COBHC) is a new collaborative effort of fourteen agencies uniting to address common problems. The COBHC is intended to increase access to behavioral care by providing centralized, coordinated, and systematic workforce development and retention.

Family Medicine GME Consortium - A Rural Residency Program for Central Oregon

The aim is to build a new Family Medicine Rural Training Track (RTT) program, educationally and institutionally sponsored by OHSU in a consortium with SCHS. The RTT design intentionally contributes to the diversity of Oregon’s health care workforce, by targeting Native American medical students for GME continuity experience in a culturally congruent IHS/Tribal site.

Grain in the Gorge

This program will address health disparities and diversity, equity, and inclusion in rural healthcare by creating a naturopathic primary care residency program in Cascade Locks that includes an immersive DEI training curriculum and provides experiential learning to career technical education high-school students. 

Creating A Refugee Behavioral Health Workforce

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) will address health disparities experienced by refugees and create or expand behavioral health training pathways. These include: Entry level training for refugees to become certified as Peer Support Specialists; Career Pathway training for refugees currently working in behavioral health care; and culturally-specific residencies for newly graduated clinicians focused on working with refugees.

NOW will create a Behavioral Health Work-Based Learning Career Pathway

Northwest Oregon Works (NOW) will address the region's workforce shortage in the field of behavioral health, and the need for more behavioral health professionals who are bilingual and bicultural. NOW will create a Behavioral Health Work-Based Learning Career Pathway that includes three distinct levels, and ranges from Peer Recovery Specialist or Community Health Worker up to Masters-prepared Mental Health Clinicians. The recruitment of participants from the Latinx community will be prioritized.

Oregon Child & Family Services Council Behavioral Health Provider Training

This program offers training services for behavioral health providers serving Oregon’s most vulnerable children and adolescents. Behavioral health providers statewide will participate in one of two training series designed to improve retention of the behavioral health provider workforce and address/amend a root cause of ongoing underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities among the workforce. The program addresses three contributing factors of the existing behavioral health workforce shortage: high turnover; insufficient training; and advancement opportunities.

Interprofessional Integrated Behavioral Health Education and SBIRT Training (IP is BEST)

This project establishes two new programs (Certificate Program and PA Behavioral Health Fellowship Program) focusing on increasing the knowledge and skills of diverse healthcare providers to work effectively with patients dealing with behavioral health and substance use disorders (SUD). The project will establish innovative team-based training opportunities for Pacific University health profession students from eight disciplines.