Oregon Office of Rural Health

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

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

Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Partnered Innovation Project

Request for Grant Proposals: CAH and EMS Partnered Innovation Project

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.

Grantee Requirements

  • 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.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit:  

The proposal should be submitted in a single PDF document via email by November 29, 2019 to Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu. All submissions will receive a confirmation that the proposal has been received.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline:  5 pm PST January 17, 2020
  • Awardee Announcement: January 24, 2020
  • Project Timeline: January 24, 2020 through August 21, 2020.
  • Mid-Cycle Status Report Due: April 15, 2020
  • Final Report Due: August 21, 2020

For more information, please contact Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-6627.

Oregon Rural & Frontier EMS Listening Tour and Report

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.

Scholarship for a Rural EMS Provider to Attend the National Rural EMS & Care Conference

ORH provides a full scholarship for a rural or frontier EMS provider to attend this conference each April. Contact Rebecca Dobert | 503-494-6627dobert@ohsu.edu | to nominate an awardee for 2019.

Oregon EMS Medical Directors & Agency Managers Forum

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.

Simulated Trauma Scenarios for Critical Access Hospitals

ORH has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems (OHA EMST) program and the Idaho Simulation Network to sponsor simulated trauma events for Critical Access Hospitals and their EMS partners. This is a competitive grant opportunity. The next opportunity to apply is expected for fall 2018.

The following documents provide details about what Simulation-based Training Events entail and anticipated planning and staff involvement required by facilities wishing to participate:

Support for EMS Research and Quality Improvement

Recent ORH-supported EMS-focus research and quality improvement work includes:

  • 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.

Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Registry

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.

Oregon’s Individual Income Tax Credit for Rural Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Providers (EMSP)

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 Agencies, Administrative Rules and Revised Statutes

Oregon EMS Educational Resources

If you have questions, please contact

Rebecca Dobert, Program Manager | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-6627