Oregon Office of Rural Health

Oregon Rural Health Conference

2024 Conference
Riverhouse on the Deschutes - Bend, OR

The 41st Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference will be held October 2 – 4, 2024 at the newly renovated Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Use this link to book your room now at a discounted rate. The discounted room block will fill up, and then available rates will be higher, so reserve early!

Registration is now open and a draft agenda will be posted soon! Keep your eyes on this page for updates.

Register here

Registration fees:

  • $399 for regular attendees
  • $150 for students (must be a full-time, unemployed student)
  • There may be student scholarships available, more info on that will be available soon.

The conference brings together over 300 providers, policy-makers, public health, hospital and clinic leaders to explore topics of vital importance to Oregonians living in rural communities and to share challenges and solutions. Our presenters are among the most dedicated experts from Oregon and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference! 

Contact Laura Potter with any questions potterla@ohsu.edu .

Upcoming ORH Conferences

2024 - Oct. 2-4 - Riverhouse, Bend, Oregon

2025 - Oct 1-3 - Riverhouse, Bend, Oregon

2026 - Sept. 23-26 - Riverhouse, Bend, Oregon

Past ORH Conferences

Thank you for celebrating 40 years of Rural Health in Oregon with us at our Conference in  Sunriver, October 11 – 13, 2023!

2023 Conference Agenda

2023 Conference Presentations

Workshop: Providers Clinical Support System Buprenorphine Training

Eleasa Sokolski, OHSU


Documented Compliance in an RHC

Tressa Sacrey, Director, Compliance and Education, Health Services Associates, Inc.


Care Management Services in an RHC

Charles James, North American HMS


Plenary: The CDC’s New Office of Rural Health: Purpose and Priorities

Diane Hall, M.S.Ed., Ph.D., Director, Office of Rural Health, CDC


Suicide and Rural Areas: Why the Higher Rate?

Debra Darmata, Adult Suicide Prevention Coordinator, OHA


Improving Access to Mental Health Treatment in Rural Oregon

Jonathan Betlinski, MD, Director OPAL-A and Public Psychiatry, OHSU; Linda Schmidt, Assistant Professor, OPAL-A


Behavioral Health Services for RHC

Charles James, North American HMS


Resilience for Retention: Practical Retention Strategies for Rural Health Organizations

Allison Whisenhunt, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health and Care Management, Columbia Memorial Hospital; Rebecca Larson, MSW, LCSW, Care Management Supervisor, Columbia, Memorial Hospital


Sharing is Caring: How De-monopolizing Knowledge Improves Mental Health Care

Jonathan Betlinski MD, Director OPAL-A and Public Psychiatry, OHSU; Ruth Tadesse PhD, OHSU


Health Communications During Crisis, Pandemics and in an Era of Misinformation

Vanessa A. Becker, PIO & Public Health Modernization, Douglas Public Health Network


Federal Policy Update for RHCs

Sarah Hohman, NARHC


Northwest Tribal Community Health Provider Programs: Building a Bridge from Community Health Representative to Community Health Practitioner, Behavioral Health Aide Practitioner, Dental Health Aide, or Dental Health Aide Therapist

Carrie Sampson Samuels, NWPAIHB; Kari Ann Kuntzelman, Dental Health Aide Education Specialist, NWPAIHB; Katie Hunsberger, BHA Student Support Coordinator, NWPAIHB


Health Equity in Our Aging Communities: A Conversation with Three Rural Providers

Diana Burden, Medical Director, Mosaic Community Health, Prineville; Katie Plumb, Health &Human Services Director, Crook Co. Health Dept.; Maureen (Paulie) Bruns, MD, Medical Director, Samaritan Medical Group, Corvallis.; Moderator: Julia Brown, Community Outreach and Engagement Manager, Age+


Oregon's Health Information Technology Strategic Plan Update

Shannon Cengija, Health IT Policy Analyst, OHA; Hope Peskin-Shepherd, Lead Policy Analyst, OHA


Medicaid’s Alternative Payment and Advanced Care Model

Bill Roller, Billing and Administrative Director, Orchid Health; Adrienne Cooke, Operations and Policy Analyst, OHA


Boosting the Rural Workforce through Community Health Support

Madison Riethman, Grant Project and Data Manager, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials (OR CLHO); Janessa Wells, Workforce Navigator, OR CLHO; Katie Irvine Minich, THW Doula & Program Director, Doula Training Center; Beck Low, CHW Training HUB Coordinator, Benton County Health Services; Patricia Card, Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist & Peer Support Coordinator, Klamath Basin Behavioral Health


Delivering Prenatal Care in a Rural Oregon Health System: An Implementation Case Study to Improve Rural Family Health

Candice Hunter, FNP, Orchid Health


Case Study: Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Quality Improvement Projects in Critical Access Hospitals

Natalia Martinez-Paz, Program Manager; Rupali Jain, PharmD, Center for Stewardship in Medicine


The Best Health Care Includes Good Culture

Jeff Harper, InQuiseek, LLC


Novel Strategies for Stabilizing the Pharmacy Technician Pipeline in Central Oregon

Sheila Salido Jordan, Managing Director, workability, LLC


Health Promotion and Access for Rural Oregonians with Disabilities

Lindsay Sauve, OHSU; Kelsey Weinstein, Linkage Coordinator, OHSU


Improving Access to Subspecialty Pediatric Care

Henry Lin, Attending Physician, OHSU; Linda Muir, MD, OHSU; Jamie Klapp, OHSU medical student


Rural Health Clinic Development: Start to Finish

Patty Harper, InQuiseek, LLC


Improving Wellbeing and Retention Within the Rural Health Care Workforce

Lisa Ladendorff, Development and Training Program Director, Northeast Oregon Network (NEON); Jenn Rolfes, DBH, President and CEO, Health Equity Solutions


Bridges to Recovery: Addressing Substance Use Disorder and Overdoses in Lincoln County

JoAnn Miller, Director of Community Health Promotion, Samaritan; Shelagh Baird, MPH, Community Health Improvement Specialist


Making Your Quality Program Stick

Angie Charlet, VP Education & Development, Canopy Associates


Strategies for Ongoing RHC Compliance

Kate Hill, The Compliance Team


Giving It Our Best Shot: How EMS Can Play a Significant Role in Public Health in Rural Communities

Hailey Palmore, Director of Public Health Services, Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District


VA Health Care Use and Decision Making: Rural Aging Veteran Perspectives

Traben Pleasant, Qualitative Researcher, Portland, Veterans Affairs


Clearing the Air for Cancer Screening

Durinda Haukap, Admin. Dir. CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative; Chris Laman, VP of Strategy, Columbia Memorial Hospital; Julian Dillon, Executive Director, American Lung Association


The State of Rural Health Care: Looking Forward

Katie Jo Raebel, Wipfli; Eric Volk, Wipfli


Reproductive Healthcare in the Post-Roe Era: A Guide for Rural

Shaalini Ramanadhan, MD, Assistant Professor, OHSU Center for Women’s Health


Breakfast and Plenary: Breakfast Brings Benefits: and Other Nutritional Strategies in Community Health

Erin Fredericks, MScN, FAMILIAR Foods


Creating Health Equity for Klamath County's Hispanic Population Through Community Partnerships

Oscar Herrera, Chair, Healthy Klamath Coalition’s Hispanic Health Committee


Data-Driven Rural Health Care: Identifying Barriers and Access Needs

Brent DeMoe, Director, Polk County Family & Community Outreach; Dave Guile, President, Sounds of Silence Inc.


School-Based Rural Clinics

Clayton Ipsen, President, HealthForce


Oregon Recruitment and Retention Efforts: A 5-Year Review and Look to the Future

Jill Boyd, Health Care Provider Incentives Project Coordinator, OHA; Leah Festa, MPA, Health Care Provider Incentives Coordinator; Bill Pfunder, Incentives Program Manager, Oregon Office of Rural Health


Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Stabilization Facilities in Rural Oregon: A Case Study

Brianna Manfrass, Associate Principal, Pinnacle Architecture; Adam Goggins, Crisis Program Manager, Deschutes County Health Services


From Chaos to Clarity: A Lean Culture Transformation in Rural America

Jodi Thompson, Outpatient Quality Review Nurse, Good Shepherd Health Care System; Devin Goldman, Director of Quality Management, Good Shepherd Health Care System


Promoting Access to Care for Rural LGBTQ+ Patients

Bari Laskow, MD, Full Circle Idaho; Camille Evans, LCSW, Cornerstore Whole Health Care Organization


Barriers and Solutions to Nursing Workforce Retention and Attraction in Rural Areas

Rick Allgeyer, Research Director; Dawne Schoenthal, Program Director, Oregon Center for Nursing


2022 conference agenda.

Contact us if you would like to receive PDFs of any presentations. Email Laura Potter.

If you would like information from past conferences or events, contact Laura Potter .