Launched in 2015, the Klamath Campus for Rural Health serves as the headquarters for the statewide program and has the capacity to house as many as 25 learners each month. At present, eight OHSU graduates have relocated to Klamath Falls for residency and/or practice.
A five hour drive from Portland leads to the Campus for Rural Health in Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. The largest city in Klamath County, Klamath Falls has a population of 21,113 and is located near the high desert. Klamath County has unique natural resources, rich geographic diversity including the Cascade Range, several rivers and lakes, geothermal outlets, vast farm and rangeland, aa well as arid desert. Klamath County is also the homeland of the Klamath Tribes. Crater Lake is Oregon’s only national park. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges Complex is world-renowned as a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Klamath Falls is also home to Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, Oregon Tech, Klamath Community College and OSHU School of Nursing. Sky Lakes Medical Center is the largest employer in the area, replacing the historic legacies of the timber and agriculture sectors of the past.
Students at all Campus for Rural Health sites are housed together to promote interprofessional learning and collaboration and encourage students to engage with the communities they serve.
Past Community Projects
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
Barriers to Sustaining Weight Loss and Health Outcomes for Wellness Center Participants
Partner: Sky Lakes Wellness Center
Interprofessional Community-based Courses
In addition to clinical rotations, students at Campus for Rural Health sites are enrolled concurrently in an interprofessional Rural Community-based Project course. Projects are selected for their ability meet two primary goals: 1) To allow students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life community health care concerns, and 2) To support rural communities in meeting self-identified health care needs.
The IPE Rural Continuity course is offered to students who return to a Campus for Rural Health site for a subsequent rotation. Attendance at course and community meetings is required for the duration of the student's experience at a Campus for Rural site. Completion of the 1 credit Interprofessional Rural Community Project Course (412, 512, 712)