Oregon Office of Rural Health

Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation Grants and Scholarships

Columbia River

Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation grants (PBRHC Innovation Grants) allow clinics to create or enhance innovative project work to support sustainable community-derived problem solving and collaboration. Goals are to improve service integration or expansion; address barriers to care or capacity gaps; improve or expand workforce capability; or expand/advance the use of electronic and technological health tools and resources. Projects can be entirely new or build upon existing services, but must be innovative and potentially serve as a best practice model to be shared.

2019 PBRHC Innovation Grants

In 2019, the Oregon Office of Rural Health granted a total of $4,000 to the following clinic to carry out an innovative project in their rural community.

Northwest Medical Foundation of Tillamook DBA Adventist Health Tillamook Clinic

Their project will focus on 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine, educating patients on lifestyle and behavior changes to improve one’s health. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has identified 6 Pillars that significantly impact an individual’s health. These are 1) Nutrition, 2) Physical Activity, 3) Stress Management, 4) Quality Sleep, 5) Healthy Relationships and Support System, 6) Avoiding Tobacco and other harmful substances.  Group sessions will be offered to patients which include education in nutrition, physical activity, relaxation, stress management, sleep, tobacco avoidance, healthy relationships and support.   They will collaborate and coordinate with healthcare professionals and community partners to offer these sessions.  It is well documented programs such as this help patients reduce risk factors  for multiple chronic diseases by reducing cholesterol levels, improving diabetes management, reducing blood pressure, reducing weight and reducing tobacco use. This project will be completed in August 2020.

2019 PBRHC Manager Professional Development Scholarship

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is happy to announce Mary Kay Gorny, Primary Clinics Operations Manager from Lincoln City Medical Center & Samaritan Coastal Clinic will receive the Professional Development Scholarship award. Mary Kay will be a new member at OMGMA.  Her professional development focus will be on communication, motivational interviewing techniques and RHC rules and regulations.  She is excited for this exceptional learning opportunity through new OMGMA membership and to attend the annual conference in Bend. 

2018 PBRHC Innovation Grants

In 2018, the Oregon Office of Rural Health granted a total of $15,000 to the following clinics to carry out innovative projects in their communities:

Morrow County Health District Clinics: Pioneer Memorial Hospital Clinic, Ione Health Clinic and Irrigon Health Clinic.

Each clinic participated with their unique and growing patient cohorts to meet an identified need to address chronic disease management. Specifically, the clinics operated an expanded care coordination model, including pharmacy provider partners, to provide support and management of patients at-risk of developing diabetes, along with newly diagnosed diabetic patients. The goal was to more efficiently assess risk for developing diabetes, work to prevent development of the disease in high-risk patients, and to help patients with a current diagnosis to manage their diabetes at an ideal level.


Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu | 503-312-3907