Oregon Office of Rural Health

Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

2021 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon

The Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon is an event where people discuss their experiences, learn from one another and bring forth new ideas to move forward solutions that improve care and services for elders. The Forum connects Critical Access Hospitals, coordinated care organizations, local public health departments, and private and rural health clinics with state and local aging-related stakeholders and community members. Attendees include health care providers and leaders, aging program specialists, policymakers, community members, family caregivers, elder care professionals, philanthropists and anyone interested in making it easier to age in place 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 here.

Not Just Bureaucracy: Oregon’s Office of Aging and People with Disabilities and YOU

Please join us Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM (PST) 

Register Here!

You may not realize it, but the State of Oregon has a variety of programs and supports that can help keep older adults safe, independent, and able to choose how they want to live their lives. This presentation will cover many of the different resources, services and supports available to older adults through government programs, how to advocate successfully, and some of the innovative partnerships happening in rural communities. You might even learn some new acronyms along the way!


After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the functions of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Aging and Disability Resource Connections (ADRCs) and how they benefit older adults
  • Discuss different long-term care settings and what distinguishes each type of setting
  • Understand how to advocate for passage of bills, how to participate in the rule-making process, and the role of the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS)
  • Explain the role of Adult Protective Services (APS) and when to report suspected or witnessed abuse


  • Ann McQueen, MS, PhD | Community Services and Supports Manager | Aging and People with Disabilities Program | Oregon Department of Human Services

If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., American Sign Language (ASL), closed captions, or a language other than English) to attend or participate in this event, please contact Rose Locklear, locklear@ohsu.edu, no later than 7 business days prior to the webinar. (An accommodation will not be assured if a request is not made in a timely manner.)

A Conversation About Resilience in Native American Communities

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021

    The intent of this conversation is to foster cultural competency among health professionals to serve Native American Elders. A focus in this session is the Q&A.


    • Explore an overview of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) history to build understanding of intergenerational trauma, personal trauma, and mistrust of institutions which have resulted in health disparities.
    • Discover several models/tools/resources that can be used to provide services with more cultural humility to our AI/AN patients.
    • Use the Q&A forum to answer specific audience questions and share personal and professional experiences from three Native American professionals across the social work and public health fields.


    • Kerri Smith Slingerland, LCSW, MS, CBIS, CADC III
    • Darin Smith, MPH, MSW
    • Derek Smith, MSW, MPH



Rose Locklear | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503-577-3849