Oregon Office of Rural Health

Grant & Scholarship Funding

ORH Grant Funding

Current ORH Scholarships

Rural Health Clinic Manager Professional Development Scholarship

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a Professional Development Scholarship to a CAH-owned Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Manager in the form of a one-year membership to the Oregon Medical Group Management Association (OMGMA) and a scholarship to attend the OMGMA Annual Conference (registration, two nights of lodging, and mileage reimbursement) to be held June 3-5, 2020 in Bend, Oregon, a total value of $1,000. This opportunity will provide professional development and growth opportunities with an emphasis on learning clinic management best practices, education, and networking. To learn more about OMGMA, visit their website at:  https://www.omgma.com/.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application and submit it to Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu no later than 5 pm PST November 15, 2019.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Scholarship Application Deadline:  November 15, 2019 by 5 pm PST
  • OMGMA 2020 Practice Management Conference Dates:  June 3-5, 2020
  • Final Report Response By:  August 3, 2019

Please contact Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu | 503-312-3907 with questions about this opportunity.

Funding for this scholarship is supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex).

Scholarship for a Rural EMS Provider to Attend the April 2020 National Rural EMS & Care Conference

ORH provides a full scholarship for a rural or frontier EMS provider to attend the National Rural EMS & Care Conference each April. Contact Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu  | 503-494-6627 to nominate an awardee for 2020.

Additional Scholarship Opportinities

NAEMSP Rural EMS Provider Scholarships

The National Association of Oregon EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Oregon Chapter awards scholarships to help cover costs of educational events that add value and growth to your current position as an Oregon-licensed rural EMS provider. The scholarship is limited to a maximum of $500 per individual. Reimbursable expenses are limited to tuition/registration, travel (i.e. fuel or airfare) and lodging. Food and entertainment are not reimbursable.

To apply for a scholarship, complete an application and submit it at least 60 days prior to the event to Oregon NAEMSP | oregonnaemsp@gmail.com.

Current ORH Grant Opportunities

Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation Project

Request for Grant Proposals: Critical Access Hospital Owned Rural Health Clinic Innovation Project

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity to one primary care Rural Health Clinic (RHC) owned by a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) up to $4,000.

Interested RHCs should propose an innovation project that seeks to improve operations, increase revenue, and/or improve workflow within their primary care practices. Applicant RHCs are encouraged, but not required, to partner with other healthcare affiliates, for example:  hospital/healthcare system; public health; and/or local mental health providers to implement the proposed project. Clinics may propose to expand an existing program or implement a new project. Submitted project budget should not exceed $4,000.
Grantee Requirements

  • Take part in progress report calls and/or on-site meetings with ORH staff.
  • Collect qualitative/quantitative project measurements and compile data for final evaluation report.
  • Report on agreed upon indicators.
  • Create a one page final report of project.
  • Provide budget and spending reports at the conclusion of the award project period.

Application Instructions

Applicants must complete:  

The proposal should be submitted in a single PDF document via email by the deadline to Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu. All submissions will receive a confirmation that the proposal has been received.

Previous Grant Project

In 2018 Morrow County Health District Clinics: Pioneer Memorial Hospital Clinic, Ione Health Clinic, and Irrigon Health Clinic were awarded the Innovation Project Grant. This project was to assess risk for developing diabetes to prevent the disease and to help patients with a current diagnosis to manage their diabetes at an idea level. If you would like to see an example of a prior Innovation Grant proposal, please reach out to Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu. More information is available here.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline:  5 pm PST November 18, 2019
  • Awardee Announcement: November 25, 2019
  • Project Timeline: December 2, 2019 through August 7, 2020.
  • Mid-Cycle Report Due: April 15, 2020
  • Final Report Due: August 21, 2020

For more information, please contact Rondyann Gerst | gerst@ohsu.edu | 503-312-3907.

Elder Service Innovation Grants

Elder Service Innovation (ESI) grants allow organizations to create or enhance services for elders, to help them age in place in rural Oregon.

Contact: Rose Locklear | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503.577.3849

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) Top Performer Award

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: ORH recognizes top performing Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and their Quality Officers each year for consistently reporting MBQIP measures and demonstrating strong results. Top performers are named in the following categories: Emergency Department Transfer Communication; Outpatient; HCAHPS Overall Top Performer and Most Improved.

CAH recipients receive one scholarship for the Quality Officer to attend and present a poster at the Annual Rural Health Conference ($500 value) as well as a $5,000 grant to be used towards quality improvement efforts specific to MBQIP reporting.

Timing and Application: ORH reviews quality data in July and awards are announced at the end of August.

Contact: Stacie Rothwell | rothwels@ohsu.edu | 971-235-3978

HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: ORH provides funds to support rural and frontier EMS staff training opportunities. EMS agencies must be located in a rural or frontier area, and be recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system. Funding must be used within 12 months after receipt. Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis.

Timing and Application: Applications and timing varies annually. Please see the HERO page for more information.

Contact: Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-4450

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

Eligibility and Funding Restrictions: SHIP funds support rural and frontier hospitals with 49 beds or fewer. Funding may be used by eligible hospitals in to:

  • Purchase equipment and/or training to attain value-based purchasing;
  • Join or become an accountable care organization, or create shared savings programs; and
  • Purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.

States receive a maximum award of $9,000 per hospital awardee to support these efforts, with the grant year beginning June 1 and ending May 31 annually.

Timing and Application: Applications are typically submitted in mid-January.

Contact: Rebecca Dobert | dobert@ohsu.edu | 503-494-6627

Additional Grant Resources

Grant Support

For Grant Applicants

ORH provides community-level data and review of your application to strengthen the rural or frontier context presented in your grant application.

For Grant Awardees

Information about your grant project can be shared with partners and community members on our website and through our social media.

For Grant Funders

ORH can help you publicize your grants and provide a rural and frontier perspective on your grant review process. ORH will also partner with organizations to administer grant programs.


Contact Rose Locklear | locklear@ohus.edu | 503-494-4450