Covid Vaccinations

COVID Vaccinations

The latest COVID vaccination information for rural Oregon, updated as we receive new information.

Covid Resources

COVID Resources

We recognize that information related to COVID-19 changes daily, if not hourly. We are committed to providing you—our rural health facilities and services—with the most up-to-date information we have from vetted sources to address your questions. We will keep this webpage updated with the most current information we have as it evolves.

2021 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) will host the 2021 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon as a virtual learning series. Please join us the third Thursday of each month from 2-3 PM beginning March 18, 2021. Details will be posted on the 2021 Forum on Aging webpage as they are confirmed.

2021 Oregon Rural Health Conference

Oregon Rural Health Conference

The annual Oregon Rural Health Conference is the largest gathering in Oregon dedicated to sharing information and showcasing innovative approaches to health and the delivery of health care in rural Oregon. The conference brings together providers, administrators, consumers, policy makers and others to exchange ideas and share expertise.

All ORH Webinars are listed below. For specific webinars, please use these links:
Forum on Aging Webinars | Quality Webinars |RHC Webinars

Working Through the Challenges – Complex Geropsychiatric Intervention and Management

June 24, 2021

With a great deal of information to cover this session will be 90 minutes! Presenters discuss the challenges and possible approaches that can be taken with aging patients/community members who may be determined to lack capacity and are uncooperative with current services. These individuals often have multiple complex co-existing concerns and complaints lodged against them. Many of these individuals are unable to be placed and may not be eligible for a mental health hold, and cannot be admitted to the hospital—thus often ending up in jail, homeless and uncooperative with caseworkers.


  • Tim Malone, LCSW | Private Practice Geropsychiatric Social Worker
  • Terry Schroeder, MA | Civil Commitment Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority


How Can I Help You? Creating an Awesome Patient Experience Every Time

Patient Experience Webinar
June 22, 2021

Presented by Lauren K. Harris, FACMPE
Harris Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Partnering with practices to identify and achieve their goals

Join Lauren for a practical and informative webinar full of tools you can start using the same day to improve your customer service skills and create exceptional experiences for your patients every time.                                                                                         

  • Learning points:
  • What is customer service and why does it matter?
  • What is your role in the patient experience?
  • Specific and actionable goals for your patient interactions
  • Skills and behaviors of customer service experts
  • How to respond to a dissatisfied patient
  • Sample scripts and more!

Lauren is passionate about medical practices and enjoys partnering with them to see them succeed. After years of honing her skills within large and small organizations of multiple specialties, including RHC and School-Based Health Centers, she started her own consulting practice in July 2020. She partners directly with practitioners and leaders to provide business and operation expertise.  Lauren started her healthcare management career in 1992, and achieved her MGMA/CMPE certification in 2008 and her FACMPE certification in 2013.


Let’s Talk About Dementia – What it Is, How Caregivers are Impacted, Risk for Abuse and Resources for Support

Thursday, June 17, 2021

May was Mental Health Awareness month and we are continuing the conversation into June. Please join us to discuss symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, resources for your loved one and for caregivers, and what to do when abuse is suspected.

After attending this session, participants will have:

  • Knowledge of symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias
  • Knowledge of dementia and elder abuse
  • Information on resources for your loved one and for family caregivers


  • Nirmala Dhar, LCSW | Mental Health Lead, Older Adult Behavioral Health |Oregon Health Authority


RHC Regulatory & Operational Update

May 12, 2021
Presented by Katie Jo Raebel, CPA, and Partner at Wipfli

This webinar will cover legislative changes, the issues and risks regarding the unknowns, as well as strategies that RHCs should be considering to optimize reimbursement.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate strategies for managing under the new RHC reimbursement limitations
  • Discuss HHS CARES Act provider fund reporting & documentation requirements

Katie Jo Raebel has more than 19 years of experience in audit and accounting services, focused exclusively on health care industry clients. She specializes in assisting freestanding and provider-based clinics to navigate through the rural health clinic (RHC) certification process and is a proven thought leader with vast experience in the RHC arena. Katie Jo helps to calculate RHCs’ Medicare and Medicaid rates, provides education regarding changes in billing because of certification, and consults on all areas specific to RHCs. In addition, she helps organizations determine the best certification options to experience the most beneficial gain from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
Katie Jo is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences including the Rural Health Clinic Association of Washington, the Oregon Rural Health Conference, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics Conference, and most recently the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care annual conference. She also is a featured speaker at the annual Spokane office-sponsored cost report and reimbursement seminar.


CAH Quality 101 Training Session 2

April 28, 2021
Presented by Susan Runyan, CEO, Runyan Health Care Quality Consulting

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is offering CAH quality staff and leaders an opportunity to participate in a new series called the CAH Quality 101 Training Program which will consist of two, one hour virtual trainings followed by six, monthly Open Office Hour sessions that will provide continuing education and peer to peer learning and sharing opportunities. This work is being led by Susan Runyan of Runyan Health Care Quality Consulting who is a well-known quality consultant in the CAH world and also works with the Kansas Hospital Association and Kansas State Flex Program.

This opportunity is aimed to teach best practices in quality improvement, data abstracting, data reporting and process improvement. This will be an excellent opportunity for newer staff or for staff who may be well into their quality role but has not had the opportunity to receive targeted training in the area of quality. It is also a great refresher for more seasoned staff. Your entire quality team is invited to participate. In addition, a variety of tools/resources will be provided to assist staff in their roles in your quality department.