HOWTO Grant Program

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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.

Potential Initiatives and Application Requirements and Parameters:

Applications are strongly encouraged which propose health care professional training programs that:

  • Address health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Support greater ethnic and linguistic diversity in Oregon's healthcare workforce
  • Expand current health professional training already in existence in a local area, which may include Graduate Medical Education.
  • Develop new health professional training programs in a local area, which may include Graduate Medical Education.
  • Collaborate with established programs elsewhere in the state.

Applicants must leverage existing community resources and demonstrate a financial investment beyond the funds sought in the application.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate a data-supported healthcare workforce shortage in their community and describe how the proposed initiative will address this shortage.

All applications must include a detailed evaluation plan for their initiative.

Applicants must also provide information on how the new initiative will continue to be supported in a sustainable manner once the grant has expired.

Funding may be requested for up to 3 years. At this time we foresee funding about 8 -10 projects of up to $500,000 and about 3-4 projects ranging from $500,000-$1 million. However, the number of funded projects may change depending on the resources required to support those applications ranked highest by the grant review panel. The application must include all costs, including leveraged funding and in-kind support.

For those interested in applying, please refer to the Application Guidelines that outlines eligibility requirements, expected contents of the application packet, review process and timeline.

Application Guidelines and Review Process

October 9, 2018 Update: While there is no required format for citing references at this time, we suggest AMA Style, with a reference list at the end of the application included as an Appendix.

Download the HOWTO Grant Program Proposal
Download the HOWTO Grant Budget Narrative

Submission Deadline:
October 12, 2018

Contact Information for Inquiries:

For questions about the application portal, contact

Submission Process Details:
Applications will be submitted electronically through the Competitive Application Portal at Oregon Health & Science University: To submit an application an account will need to be created which can be done automatically on the website using your email address. Please be sure to add to your list of trusted senders so you don't miss important information. If you have questions about the portal, please contact