Located in a high desert area five hours from Portland and just 40 miles north of the Oregon-California border, Klamath Falls is the largest city in the county, with a population around 22,000. The timber industry dominated the region’s economy from around 1909 to the late 1980s when identification of endangered species dramatically affected forestry policies. Currently, Sky Lakes Medical Center is the largest employer in the area, and home of Cascades East Family Medicine Residency.
In 2020, Klamath Falls achieved certified Blue Zones Community® status, becoming the first to do so in the Pacific Northwest.
The Klamath Basin is the homeland of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin-Paiute people. For more information about the rich history and current events of these peoples, we encourage you to visit their website at KlamathTribes.org.
School Lunch Project
Partner: Healthy Klamath
Clean Air / Cooling Spaces
Partner: Klamath County Public Health
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Partner: Sky Lakes Outpatient Care Management, Living Well Coalition
Healthy Corner Store Assessment and Education Campaign
Partners: Klamath County Food Policy Council, Blue Zones Project Food Systems Advisory Committee, Oregon Tech Geomatics Department
Student housing is conveniently located downtown Klamath Falls, with a capacity of 25 learners.