Rural Population Health Incubator Program

Rural Pop Health Incubator Prog

ORH is now accepting grant proposals for the 2024-2025 grant cycle!

The mission of the Rural Population Health Incubator Program (the Incubator) is to strengthen community health in rural Oregon by providing grants to support population health and health equity programs initiated by rural hospitals, clinics, public health departments and/or rural, community-based nonprofit organizations in Oregon.

The Incubator is the latest iteration of three other grant programs offered by ORH: the Elder Service Innovation Grants, Rural Health Clinic Innovation Grants and the Rural Population Health Grants. By combining and renovating these programs, the Incubator aims to offer larger grants and fuller support to grantees throughout the grant cycle.

Through this program, grantees will:

  • Receive up to a $10,000 grant to support their population health program;
  • Join a cohort of other Incubator grantees and attend three cohort meetings throughout the grant cycle; and
  • Receive specialized support from ORH, including resources, information and referrals to experts to assist their program.

Incubator Timeline

  • May 3, 2024: Deadline to submit proposals (by 5 p.m.)
  • May 30, 2024: Notification of funding
  • June 15, 2024: Distribution of funds
  • June 15, 2024 - June 14, 2025: Project period

Grantee Resources:

The goals of the Incubator are:

  1. To provide rural organizations with funding to create or maintain an innovative program that supports needs around population health, health equity and/or social drivers of health.
  2. To prioritize funding for programs that:
    1. Serve a high-needs service area as outlined in ORH’s Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report;
    2. Serve historically marginalized populations;
    3. Address a pressing community health need identified by the organization's Community Health Needs Assessment or county’s Community Health Assessment; and/or
    4. Bring together multiple community partners to address the specific population health need they have identified.
  3. ORH will provide coaching, mentorship, referrals to experts and other resources to Incubator grantees.
  4. ORH will provide a supportive and collaborative environment for Incubator grantees to share knowledge and learn from one another.

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Clatsop Community Action: Community Referral Desks

Clatsop Community Action (CCA) will bridge the gap in systemic inequities and serve as a vital conduit for rural populations in need to have increased access to social services promoting overall health and well-being in Clatsop County, Oregon. CCA will facilitate our Community Referral Desks onsite at Providence Seaside Hospital and Columbia Memorial Hospital. CCA’s Community Referral Desks serve as an extension of our organization’s “one-stop” operational model as we provide welcoming and personal interactions with clients who call or walk-in with various crises and we link them to the appropriate resource(s).

Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population through Chronic Care Management

Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center, located in Bandon, Oregon, is launching a Chronic Care Management (CCM) program based in its Primary Care Health Center. The incorporation of a care coordination program into clinic practices has been shown to move forward the value-based care model and achieving the triple aim: better health for the population, better care for individuals, and lower costs through improvements.

Wallowa Memorial Hospital: Wallowa Memorial Outdoor Fitness Trail Phase Two

Wallowa Memorial Hospital is working on an outdoor fitness trail for the community, with special equipment for older adults. The outdoor fitness trail, upon completion, will cater to all ages and fitness levels with a variety of equipment accessible to anyone at no charge.  This project is the first of its kind in Eastern Oregon.  The vision of utilizing our campus as a place for community members to come and engage in safe, accessible physical activity began with installing a half-mile walking path in 2019.  Today, the community heavily uses the trail 12 months out of the year.  It is the only flat, paved walking path of its kind in our community.  The successful utilization of the path was the catalyst for planning additional ways to utilize our grounds to address several identified needs in our community. 

Good Shepherd Health Care System: Parent Support and Education in Umatilla and Morrow County

The Parent Support and Education in Umatilla and Morrow County project aims to bring the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) to Good Shepherd Health Care System. In Umatilla and Morrow Counties there are little to no resources for parents on parenting education and support. This grant will fund five Triple P parenting workshops and one Triple P 8-week parenting series to help support local families. All sessions will be offered at no cost to participants and in both English and Spanish. Triple P originated in Australia in 2001 and is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing. This program will help parents gain effective parenting skills, and provide parents with the skills, tools, and resources for positive parenting. This need has been identified by Good Shepherd providers and a number of families within the community. 

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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