Oregon Office of Rural Health

Rural Population Health Grants

The Rural Population Health Grant is designed to support programs that address a specific population health need for an identified rural population. A strong application demonstrates an innovative, sustainable and scalable model with strong community partners. This initiative is currently open to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), CAH-owned Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), or organizations who are conducting programming in collaboration with a local CAH or CAH-owned RHC.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Rural Population Health Grantees!

Columbia Memorial Hospital will address the primary care shortage in Clatsop County and the subsequent prolonged pharmacy wait times by initiating clinical pharmacy services at the CMH-OHSU Primary Clinics in Seaside, Warrenton, and Astoria. The Rural Population Health grant will assist with start-up costs to allow the pharmacists to provide medication therapy management to patients in rural Clatsop County.

Curry Health Network aims to address the 3.2% pre-diabetic rate in Curry County by offering a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to Curry residents. This is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that features trained lifestyle coaches, a research-based curriculum, and group support. The Rural Population Health grant will assist with funding the pilot year with the intention of becoming certified by the CDC and eligible for insurance coverage in subsequent years.

Lake Health District plans on preventing moderate risk EOCCO members from becoming high risk by connecting them with a traditional health worker who will conduct social determinants of health screenings and connect the members with primary care providers and other resources.

Lower Umpqua Hospital Foundation will implement a program to monitor elevations in heart rate, blood pressure and increase in weight for patients with Congestive Heart Failure. The Rural Population Health Grant will allow LUHF to purchase monitoring equipment for patients who would not otherwise afford it with the goal of decreasing mortality related to heart failure.

St. Charles Redmond and Prineville are partnering with local EMS agencies to create a Basic Life Support Obstetrics (BLSO) course to improve the quality of emergency obstetrics and maternal health in Central Oregon. The Rural Population Health grant will help fund the first year of the pilot program.


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