Oregon Office of Rural Health

Oregon Rural Health Conference

2021 Oregon Rural Health Conference

38th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference

October 27-29, 2021
Riverhouse on the Deschutes, Bend, Oregon

Book your room now to get the discounted Conference rate!

The Oregon Rural Health Conference will be back in-person this October! We are changing several features this year to ensure the safety of our guests, speakers, partners, staff, and the hotel staff who work so hard to serve us.


The biggest difference this year is that attendees will be in cohorts, and we are designing programming specific to each group.  Various cohorts will include C-Suite, Rural Health Clinic, Quality, Mental Health First Aid, and others. You will select your cohort when you register. If there are questions, ORH staff will work with you to determine the best fit.

Socially Distanced Seating

Each cohort room will be set in a classroom style with 8’ tables. Chairs will be set at each end of each table. The tables will be spaced 6’ apart.  We will structure check-in to avoid crowding at the Information Desk. The agendas will be on the conference app. We will provide hand sanitizer and masks.

Limited Numbers

Because of the socially-distanced seating, we cannot fit as many people into the rooms as usual. Room configurations mean that most sessions will have 20, 40, or 75 attendees. We will maintain waiting lists as soon as cohorts and rooms fill up.


There will be no buffets, and, sadly, no reception. Breakfasts and lunches will be plated, and held in your meeting room. We could not have a conference without coffee, tea, and (individually wrapped) snacks!

Contingency Plans

As we all know, the last year has required much flexibility of all of us. If the pandemic or anything else requires the cancellation of in-person activities, we will move the conference to a virtual platform.

If you have questions, contact Laura Potter | 503-494-5244

We cannot wait to see you again!