HOWTO Grant Program

 howto grant program

The State of Oregon is committed to ensuring that all Oregonians have appropriate access to high quality healthcare across the state. It is therefore important to ensure that the distribution of the healthcare workforce appropriately meets the needs of all Oregonians no matter where they live. To help achieve this, the State of Oregon has made available $8 million in funding for grant awards for the new Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) grant program.

This grant program is being administered under the direction of the Oregon Health Policy Board and in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). The HOWTO grant program is intended to expand health professional training within the state to address current and future shortages in the healthcare workforce in rural and medically underserved areas of Oregon. The program is designed to support innovative, community-based, training initiatives that will address identified local healthcare workforce shortages and expand the diversity of the health professional workforce. Applications are invited from Oregon community-based educational institutions, consortia, health care service organizations, and others seeking funding to help launch new, innovative training initiatives to address documented shortages in specific areas of their local healthcare workforce.

Congratulations to the HOWTO Program's 2018 Grantees!


"Increasing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Workforce in Eastern Oregon"

Prime Applicant: Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center

Increase the mental health workforce in eastern Oregon by identifying qualified nurses already embedded in the region, admitting them to a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) distance education program that has been tailored to be delivered with minimal travel outside the student's community, and retaining them as licensed PMHNPs in the eastern Oregon.

"Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Residency Program"

Prime Applicant: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Produce an innovative curriculum to address specific Oregon social determinants of health, two new primary care residency programs serving 16 residents per year and an evaluation plan to facilitate dissemination and replication throughout underserved areas of Oregon.

"Interprofessional Primary Care Institute"

Prime Applicant: George Fox University

Creating an innovative Interprofessional Primary Care Institute (IPCI). The institute will develop diverse, optimally-leveraged, interprofessional primary care teams for Oregon by contemporaneous delivery of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to primary care clinicians, behavioral health clinicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists, by providing intensive events for emerging primary care roles.

"We are Health Community Health Worker Training Coalition"

Prime Applicant: Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA)

Increasing the availability of evidence-based Community Health Worker (CHW) training in multiple medically underserved and health workforce shortage areas around the state, advocate for increased funding for CHW positions around the state, and actively support CHWs to obtain employment.

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