Oregon Office of Rural Health

Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

2023 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

The 2023 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon will be held May 15-17, 2023 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon. The agenda will be posted in February 2023.

Registration for participants will open in Feb 13, 2023

ORH is now accepting proposals for the 2023 Forum on Aging! The deadline to submit your proposal is January 13, 2023 at 5pm.

Click here to view the Request for Proposals

Click here to submit your proposal

*Please review the RFP document before submitting your proposal online*

The Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon is an event where professionals in the field of aging learn collaboratively from one another to innovate services and care for rural elders in Oregon. The Forum connects aging professionals from across the elder care gamut to share knowledge, make connections and create meaningful partnerships. The Forum brings together health care providers and leaders, program specialists, policymakers, community members, family caregivers, elder care professionals, philanthropists and anyone interested in making rural Oregon more age-friendly.

Are you interested in becoming a partner for the 2023 Forum on Aging? Please contact Stepha Dragoon | Dragoon@ohsu.edu.

Join the Aging in Rural Oregon Online Community!

ORH has launched an online community on the Slack app, where professionals in the field of aging can connect, share resources and opportunities, and engage with one another. While this group is focused on rural Oregon, it is open to all Oregon professionals in the field of aging and gerontology.

Click here to join the community!

What is Slack?
Slack is a communication platform that can be used on a web browser, a computer application or a phone app. Once you log into the community (called a "workspace"), you can join and start groups that are focused on specific topics (called “channels”), send direct messages to other group members, attach documents and share links to websites, among many other capabilities! While Slack is designed to support communication within organizations, it is a great tool for online community-building as well.

How do I join the community?
To request to join this online community, please fill out this form. Once you submit the form, ORH staff will invite you to the community, and you will receive an email from Slack to join. Follow instructions found here and watch the ORH how-to video here.

Past Forum Presentations

2022 Forum Agenda At-a-Glance

2022 Forum Full Agenda

A Conversation About Aging and the Needs of LGBTQIA+ Adults in Oregon, presented by Lynette Caldwell | Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority and Trevin Butler | Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority

A Hidden Crisis: The Rise of Older Adults with Substance Use Disorder and the Vacuum of Age-Appropriate Services for Treatment and Recovery, presented by Stephanie Hooper, Mike Marshall and Nirmala Dhar, MSW, LCSW

A Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Aging in Oregon and Becoming an Age-Friendly State, presented by Stephanie Hooper, Keren Brown Wilson, PhD and Bandana Shrestha

Advanced Care Planning: The Patients’ Priorities Care Model, presented by Suvi Neukam

Advocating for the Aging in Rural Oregon: Policy Passed and Policy Needed, presented by Rachel Prusak

Ageism Begins Within: Reframing a Universal Process, presented by Stephanie Hooper | AGE+ and Julia Brown, MAG | AGE+

Aging Better Together: The Human Need for Social Connections to Achieve Optimum Health, presented by Todd Trautner, MA | Oregon Senior Peer Outreach, Ruth Vonk, LCSW | Oregon Senior Peer Outreach and Sharon Bliss | Oregon Senior Peer Outreach

Communicating with Older Adults: Motivational Interviewing Strategies, presented by Kathlynn Northrup-Snyder, PhD, CNS, MSN, RN

Engaging Older Adults in Fall Prevention Using Motivational Interviewing: When, What, and How, Fall Prevention Menu, presented by Hiro (Hiroko) Kiyoshi-Teo, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, OHSU

Expanding Core Geriatric Behavioral and Primary Care Health and “4M’s” Education to Rural Primary Care Practices Through Project ECHO, presented by Laura Byerly, MD | OHSU School of Medicine

Filling the Day with Meaning, presented by Rod Harwood, M.DIV.,QMHP-C | Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.

I’m Not Okay: The Rural Perspectives of Residents Living in Long-Term Care, presented by Kathy Thomas | The Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Mental Health Services for Rural Homebound Elderly, presented by Eliezer Schwartz, PhD | Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology and Ethan Wallace, MA | Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology

Oregon Advance Directive: Estate Planning for the Heart, presented by Rod Harwood, M.Div., MA, QMHP-C | Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE): Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Communities, presented by Robert Thorn, MBA | Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting

Recognizing and Responding Helpfully to Anxiety in Older Adults, presented by Jonathan Betlinski, MD | OHSU School of Medicine

Serious Illness Care in Rural Communities, presented by Pat Justis, MA | Washington State Office of Rural Health and Adie Goldberg, PhD, LICSW | Providence Institute for Human Caring

Successful Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia, presented by Jonathan Betlinski, MD | OHSU School of Medicine and Neisha D’Souza, MD | OHSU School of Medicine

Technology for Greater Independence: Your Statewide Assistive Technology Program, presented by Brian Sacre | Access Technologies Inc.

Trans Healthcare: An Introduction, presented by Kelly Washburn, AGNP-C | Kelly Washburn Health

Understanding the Needs of Oregon LGBTQ+ Older Adults: Statewide Survey Results and Advocacy for Change, presented by Naomi Sacks, MSW and Deb McCuin, MA

Using Telemedicine to Expand Rural Oregonians’ Access to Medical-Aid-In-Dying, presented by Charles Blanke, MD

What Can the ADRC Do for Me?, presented by Cassandra Huchinson| Aging and Disability Program, ODHS

What is SHIBA?, presented by Donna Delikat | SHIBA Program, ODHS

A Conversation About Resilience in Native American Communities,  presented by Kerri Smith Slingerland, LCSW, MS, CBIS, CADC III, Darin Smith, MPH, MSW and Derek Smith, MSW, MPH.  VideoSlides

Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers, presented by Lauren Kraemer, MPH | Assistant Professor of Practice | Oregon State University Extension Service.  Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers Links 2021VideoSlides

Let’s Talk About Dementia – What it Is, How Caregivers are Impacted, Risk for Abuse and Resources for Support, presented by Nirmala Dhar, LCSW | Mental Health Lead, Older Adult Behavioral Health |Oregon Health Authority. SlidesVideo

Not Just Bureaucracy: Oregon’s Office of Aging and People with Disabilities and YOU,  presented by Ann McQueen, MS, PhD | Community Services and Supports Manager | Aging and People with Disabilities Program | Oregon Department of Human Services. VideoMapsSlides

Providing Specialized, Emergency Care to an Aging Rural Oregon Population Through Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation, presented by Dr. Crystal Bowman, PhD, RN, MSN-Ed, CHSE, CNE, CNE-CL | Director of Nursing & Allied Health | Oregon Coast Community College.  VideoSlides

Rural Trans Health in Oregon, presented by Carey Jean Sojka, PhD (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers) | Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies | Southern Oregon University and Kylan Mattias de Vries, PhD (he/him/his or they/them/theirs) | Associate Professor & Program Chair, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies | Southern Oregon University.  VideoSlides

Volunteers in Action, presented by Britta Wilson, MA | Volunteers in Action Program Coordinator, Providence Hood River. SlidesVideo

Working Through the Challenges – Complex Geropsychiatric Intervention and Management, presented by Tim Malone, LCSW | Private Practice Geropsychiatric Social Worker and Terry Schroeder, MA | Civil Commitment Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority. Q&A TranscriptSlidesVideo

Assistive Technology: Programs, Devices, Applications, and More, presented by Kevin Roebke | Oregon Public Utility Commission and Brian Sacre | Access Technology Inc.  VideoSlides

Filling the Day with Meaning, presented by Rod Harwood, MDiv, MA, QMHP-C , Greater Oregon Behavioral Inc..  VideoSlides

Hospice & Long-Term Care in the Year of the Virus, presented by Dr. Michael Knower |St. Charles Hospice and Lee Garber |Regency Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Prineville. VideoSlides

LGBTQ+ Older and Aging Adult Cultural Competency 101 – Tools to Improve Patient Communication, Care and Outcomes, presented by Liz James, Former CEO, Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc. Member, Oregon Statewide LGBTQ+ Aging Coalition Co-Chair & Presenter, 2019 SO LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Summit Volunteer Leader, Southern Oregon AARP Community Action Team Member, RVCOG SDS Senior Advisory Council Video
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Policy Matters, presented by Andrea Meyer, Director Of Government Relations, AARP Oregon and Joyce DeMonnin, Communications Director, AARP Oregon. VideoSlides

Positive Approaches to Care — 10 Steps to De-escalate a Crisis, presented by Rod Harwood, MDiv, MA, QMHP-C, Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator.  VideoSlides

Scams & Financial Exploitation Targeting Rural & Frontier EldersVideoSlides

A Hidden Crisis – The Rise of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Oregon, presented by Keren Brown Wilson, PhD, Jessie F. Richardson Foundation CEO, and Stephanie Hooper, Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, President

Blue Zones Project - Purpose Workshop—Parts I & II, presented by Jessie Hecocta, Relationship Manager, Blue Zones Project, Klamath Falls

Clinical Considerations for Cannabis Use, presented by Danielle Backus, PharmD, BCGP, Pacific University, and John Begert, PharmD, Pacific University

Community-Based Palliative Care in Rural Oregon, presented by Donna Becker, MSW, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Palliative Care, & Stephen Kerner, DO, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Palliative Care

Depression, Suicide, & Aging in Rural Communities, presented by Patrick Arbore, EdD, Director and Founder, Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services at Institute on Aging

Empowering Advocates and Navigators to Facilitate POLST Discussions in Their Community, presented by Valerie Jimenez, Executive Director, Oregon POLST Program

Empowering Communities through the LiveWell Method, presented by Barbara Kohnen Adriance, Founder of The Malden Collective, and Lisa McKerlick, MSN, RN, RN Facilitator/Lead Trainer, Providence Portland Medical Center

Every Brain Needs Music, presented by Larry S. Sherman, PhD, Professor in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon Primate Research Center

Healthy Aging through Community and Exercise: A Case-Study of Strong Women Programs in the Columbia River Gorge, presented by Lauren Kraemer, MPH, Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon State University, Strong Women Ambassador & Master Trainer, Claire Culbertson, Strong Women Leader & Oregon State University Extension Service Community Volunteer, and Ann Dow, Strong Women Leader & Oregon State University Extension Service Community Volunteer

Independence, Rural Communities, and the Stigma of Social Services, presented by Rebecca Arce, MPP, DHS Aging & People With Disabilities, and Ashley Carson Cottingham, JD, Director, DHS Aging & People With Disabilities

Introduction to Older Adult Mental Health First Aid, presented by Lois Orner, LCSW, Clackamas County Social Services Volunteer Connection Program Manager

MOVE-ing Toward Person-Centered Care: Practical Tools for Caregivers, presented by Leah Brandis, Lead project manager for the Oregon Nursing Home Resident Safety Collaborative at Health InSight Oregon, and Serena Hasworth, MPH, Research assistant and project manager in the Portland State University Institute on Aging

Navigating Rural Healthcare for Advanced Age Patients in the Years to Come, presented by Michael Knower, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM, St. Charles Hospice, and Chris Kelley, RN, MHL, Mt Bachelor Memory Care

Oregon’s Medically At-Risk Driver Program, presented by Kristopher Kyes, Medical Programs Coordinator, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Positive Approaches to Care—Normal Aging/Not Normal Aging, presented by Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW, Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., and Rod Harwood, MDiv, MA, BCC, Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.

Pruning the Pills: A Deprescribing Strategy for Addressing Polypharmacy, presented by Lisa Honsvik, RN, DNS, WIllowbrook Terrace, and Michael Knower, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM, St Charles Hospice

Supporting the Long-Term Care Workforce: The Use of the Project ECHO Model to Build Knowledge and Skills in Nursing Home Staff, presented by Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Oregon Echo Network, and Nirmala Dhar, LCSW, ACSW, Older Adult Behavioral Health Services Coordinator for Oregon Health Authority's Health Systems Division

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon: Connecting You to Community Resources, presented by Monica Sandgren, Oregon DHS-APD, Community Services & Supports, and Lacey Hanson, ADRC Program and Technical Specialist

The Experience of Grief and Loneliness, presented by Patrick Arbore, EdD, Director and Founder, Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services at the Institute on Aging

The Online Doctor Will See You Now: Health Resources for Rural Elders, presented by Michele Spatz, MS, All of Us Research Program Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, PNW Region, University of Washington

When a Guardian is Appointed: What Happens Next? The Role of a Fiduciary, presented by Jerry Rainey, Certified National Guardian, and cofounder of Cornerstone Services

Accessible Healthcare and Age-onset Disabilities: Rights & Responsibilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, presented by Michael Richardson, MPA.

Care of Native American Elders in Indian Country, presented by Rex M. Quaempts MD Clinical Director, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (YTHC)

Challenging Behaviors: Working with Individuals Who Have Brain Injury, Stroke and Other Neurological Changes, Sherry Stock, ABD/PhD MS CBIST Executive Director - Neurogerontologist Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Coming OUT across the Ages: Providing Dignity-Affirming Care for Elder Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT+) Individuals in Rural Oregon, presented by Melissa Adams, MSW, LCSW.

Geriatric Polypharmacy, presented by Kim Lovato MS, PA-C Assistant Professor Pacific University.

Geriatric Traumas, Trauma Transfers & the Role of the POLST System in Trauma, presented by Jessica Ballou, MD, MPH Resident, General Surgery, OHSU.

Healthy Communities: A Framework to Achieve Inclusion of Elders and Persons with Disabilities, presented by Angela Weaver, M.Ed. Program Manager Oregon Office on Disability and Health, OHSU,  Darrin Umbarger Founder/CEO Clearveiw Disability Services, Robert Rankin, MPH Healthy Communities Coordinator Umatilla County Health, and Joseph Lowe Program Analyst DHS: Aging and People with Disabilities

How to Address Firearm Safety with the Rural, Suicidal Patient, presented by Laura Pennavaria, MD FAAFP and Susan G. Keys, Ph.D., St. Charles Health System.

Innovative Services for Rural Elders: Two Projects (1 | 2), presented by Nora A Healey, FNP, BC.

Interprofessional Team Approaches to Reducing Falls In Rural Communities (1 | 2), presented by Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH Glenise McKenzie, PhD, RN OHSU.

Meeting Aging Adults Where it Hurts in Rural Oregon

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Isolated Older Adults: Two Pilot Projects (1 | 2)

Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in Rural Oregon, presented by Angie Peters and Connie Guentert, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.

Oral Health of Older Adults—Present Status, Future Challenges and Opportunities (1 | 2 | 3), presented by Dr. Richie Kohli, BDS, MS (DPH) Diplomate, American Board of Dental Public Health Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Dentistry, OHSU., Karen Phillips, MPH, RDH, EPP Oral Health Program Analyst, and Eli Schwarz KOD DDS, MPH, PhD, FHKAM, FCDSHK, FACD, FRACDS, OHSU.

Providence ElderPlace & the PACE Model of Care

Roundtable Discussions

State Planning to Support Older Adults (1 | 2), presented by Kirsten Aird, MPH Cross Agency Systems Manager Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section Public Health Division. 

Supporting Rural Caregivers: Telehealth Delivery of Powerful Tools for Caregivers, presented by Leslie Congleton and Anna Tollenaar.

The ABCs of Adult Foster Homes, presented by Lynette Caldwell, Adult Foster Home Program Manager, DHS, and Mike Warner, Licensing Supervisor, District 12 – Umatilla and Morrow County.

The Latino Experience in Social Services, presented by Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, PhD, MPH, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, OSU.

The Meaning of Health and Health Care for Older Adults in Rural Oregon, presented by Darcy Mize EdD, RN, and Tamara Rose PhD, RN, OHSU.

The Rural Medical Practitioner: Using Technology to Bridge Gaps in Care, presented by Melinda “Mel” Riter, MD PhD Assistant Professor, OHSU Dermatology.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Community Wellness Program, presented by Carrie Sampson Interim Community Wellness Director, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

Achieving Person-Centered Age-Friendly Care, presented by Sarah H. Kagan PhD, RN School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA USA.

Caring for Caregivers: An Overlooked Problem, presented by Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS, and Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH

Community-Based Palliative Care in Florence, presented by Dr. Stephen Kerner and Donna Becker MSW

Fighting Ageism

Innovative Programs Serving Elder Communities

Lessons to be Learned: Elders in Hispanic and Native American Communities, presented by Joel Pelayo & Ma. Antonia Sanchez

Oregon’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Rural Provision Implications, presented by Todd Steele, MPA Deputy State LTC Ombudsman, District 6 State of Oregon, Office of the LTC Ombudsman

Policy Solutions: A Brainstorming Session

Rural Resources for the Older Patient (1 | 2 | Handout)

Rural Retirees: There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills! | Handout

Share the Care: Organizing to Support Caregivers, presented by Claire Culbertson, MPH Volunteers-in-Action Advisory Board Member Providence Hood River Hospital

The Homecare Workforce: How Can You Get Involved?

The Whys and How-Tos of Creating an Age-Friendly Community, Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D., Portland State University Institute on Aging