ORH assists rural and frontier EMS providers and agencies with funding from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Flexibility Grant and ORH’s Helping EMS in Rural Oregon (HERO) Campaign.
Current Grants, Projects, and Opportunities
CAH and EMS Partnered Innovation Project
The Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce that the Partnered CAH-EMS project mini-grant has been awarded in full to Saint Alphonsus Baker City Hospital.
The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for one Oregon CAH and a partner EMS agency, with funding up to $4,000.
Interested CAH-EMS partners should propose work that seeks to improve targeted outcomes by strengthening the coordination between pre-hospital and hospital providers, policies and/or programs. Applicants may propose to expand existing programming or implement new projects. Proposals may target outcomes for care that is transferred from pre-hospital EMS to hospital providers, or from hospital providers to an EMS-based program, such as a Community Paramedic. Submitted project budgets should not exceed $4,000.
- Complete progress report telephone calls and/or on-site meetings with ORH staff.
- Identify a minimum of two target improvement measures and baseline benchmarking.
- Create a brief final evaluation report.
- Provide final budget and spending at the conclusion of the project period.
Important Dates and Deadlines
In 2019, the Oregon Office of Rural Health conducted a Listening Tour of rural and frontier EMS agencies to discuss challenges to operational stability and successes with creating sustainable programming. The Listening Tour included 36 partners representing licensed transporting and non-transporting EMS and fire agencies, Critical Access and Rural Hospitals, county and public health agencies and law enforcement. The report summarizes and describes the challenges consistently raised during the Listening Tour; chiefly, the recruitment, training and retention of personnel and revenue and billing issues.
The forum is a twice-yearly gathering of Oregon EMS Supervising Physicians/Medical Directors and Agency Managers focused on collective discussion, education and networking to enhance EMS in Oregon.
In collaboration with Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems (OHA EMS/TS) and Healthcare Services Solutions (formerly the Idaho Simulation Network), ORH sponsors simulated trauma events for Critical Access Hospitals and their EMS partners. Events are awarded via a competitive grant opportunity, with the number of awards based on funding availability. The next application cycle is expected to open in fall 2020.
The following documents provide details about what Simulation-based Training Events entail and anticipated planning and staff involvement required by facilities wishing to participate:
Recent ORH-supported EMS-focus research and quality improvement work includes:
- A review of EMS agency protocols for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA), ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) & Stroke in Oregon that assessed the inclusion of current evidence-based practices.
- Research on the development of standardization for Oregon Ambulance Service Area (ASA) plans and identification of an accessible online platform for submission of the plans.
- An investigation of EMS treatment disparities for trauma and pain, including a rural breakout.
CARES is a web-based system to track information about OHCA where resuscitation is attempted by an emergency responder. The registry contains demographic, therapeutic and outcome measures, and data are used to help communities benchmark and improve their performance for OHCA. ORH provided support in 2018 for Oregon EMS agencies to continue reporting data to the registry.
The 2005 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 31 which grants up to $250 in personal income tax credit to eligible EMSPs who volunteer their services to rural Oregon communities.
- Oregon EMS Association — an association representing all levels of prehospital EMS care providers in Oregon
- Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association — provides support and representation for volunteer emergency responders in Oregon
- OHA EMS and Trauma Systems — Oregon state agency that develops and regulates systems for quality emergency medical care in Oregon
- Legal Authority of the EMS & Trauma Program
- EMS Providers and EMS Supervising Physicians Scope of Practice: OAR 847-035 
- Regulation of Ambulance Services and Emergency Medical Services Providers: ORS 682
Federal and National Resources
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