Union County is a four hour drive from Portland, with a population under 27,000. The local economy is based on natural resources, ranching and forestry. Nestled between the Blue Mountains and Wallowa Mountains, Union County offers plenty of opportunity for year-round outdoor recreational activities, such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing & hunting, and skiing.
Wallowa County is located in the far northeast corner of Oregon, about a five hour drive from Portland and with a population of around 7,000. The largest employment sectors are healthcare and education, followed by agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining. Wallowa County is located within the Wallowa Mountains allowing for excellent opportunities to explore outdoor recreational activities.
These regions are the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla peoples. For more information about the rich history and current events of these peoples, we encourage you to visit these websites: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Projects for the course have included:
OHA Fentanyl and Opioid Toolkit Implementation
Partners: NEOAHEC, La Grande and Wallowa County School Districts, EOCCO, Building Healthy Families – Wallowa County, CHD – Union County
Baby Bag Project
Partner: Eastern Oregon CCO
Union County Warming Station
Partners: Union County Local Community Advisory Committee, Union County Warming Station, Housing Matters of Union County
Chronic Pain and Depression Management/MAT Program
Partners: Wallowa County Local Community Advisory Committee, Winding Waters, Mountain View Medical Clinic, Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, Motivations Fitness, The Vault Fitness, Wallowa Center for Youth Services
Student housing in La Grande has 4 bedrooms, and is located within one mile from Grande Ronde Hospital.
Student housing in Enterprise has 3 bedrooms, and is located within one mile of Winding Waters Clinic - Enterprise and 10 miles from Winding Waters Clinic - Joseph.