Below you will find organizations, reference material, websites and partnerships for your use.
Area Health Education Centers
For more information on AHECs—nationally and in the state of Oregon—please follow the appropriate links below.
Better Together Central Oregon is a regional, cross-sector partnership working collectively to improve education outcomes for children and youth from cradle to career. Ensuring children receive the opportunities and support needed to enter school ready to succeed. Early Learning & Wellness.
Central Oregon Cares
Better access to health care goes beyond the physical means of buildings, hospitals and clinics. Better access involves an inclusive and diverse workforce that is equipped with the cultural sensitivity to serve the community. An inclusive workforce will not only benefit your organization, but also the health of the community it serves.
Central Oregon Health Council
The Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt public and private coordinated health care systems to improve health; increase quality, reliability, availability, and continuity of care; and reduce the cost of care.to improve health; increase quality, reliability, availability, and continuity of care; and reduce the cost of care.
Central Oregon STEM Hub
Mission The Central Oregon STEM Hub is a partnership connecting regional pre K-12 education, higher education, industry, and community partners to catalyze opportunities and exploration in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The Conversation Project is an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide.
And click here to read about Scott Johnson’s experience with The Conversation Project and high school students.
OHSU—Scholars for a Healthy Oregon
Make a difference with your degree by applying for funding through the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI). Designed with both the student and Oregon workforce in mind, SHOI provides eligible students with a unique opportunity to help address healthcare disparity in the state.
OHSU—NNACOE-Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU will comprehensively and sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce.
Public Health Programs in Oregon
In 2016, a United Health Foundation study found that Oregon ranked 21st out of all 50 states in terms of population health. As such, ample opportunities exist for students who aspire to enter the public health field. Oregon State University—one of the state’s two flagship universities—operates the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which includes both undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, Oregon Health and Sciences University and Portland State University have joined forces to operate their own OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.