Statewide, a broad range of efforts are addressing healthcare workforce shortages. OHWI is committed to highlighting and promoting these worthwhile efforts. Click on the project names below for more information.
Some entities have listed only representative projects; see source websites for more information.
The mission of CHEN is to facilitate health care providers and other interested parties in Lane County to come together as an employer consortium with the focus of facilitating interest and promoting capacity building in health related careers, coaching in career pathways and promoting quality education in the field of health care. This website contains links to information on many careers within the health care industry as well as links to employer and training provider websites. Job descriptions, program descriptions and application information are included.
OHWI convened leaders from the health care industry, education, government and workforce agencies to identify workforce competencies emerging from patient-centric primary care home pilots and forge alliances between education and industry to guide the transformation of education and training.
New technologies, management of vast amounts of information, improvements in healthcare delivery, and government reform are pushing the healthcare industry's demand for a qualified health information technology (HIT) workforce. Towards this wide-scale technological transformation, OHWI, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and WorkSource Oregon, convened a statewide "Brain Trust" to guide Oregon's efforts in this challenge.
To address the needs of underserved populations, the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Health Systems Planning participates in the NHSC program through which certain health care providers are offered scholarships or loan repayments for serving in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in Oregon.
OCNE is a collaboration of Oregon nursing programs dedicated to educating future nurses. Faculty from eight community colleges and Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing have created a shared curriculum taught on all consortium campuses. Through OCNE, students can complete coursework for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from OHSU without ever leaving their home campus. Students on community college campuses have the option of completing the associate of applied science degree in nursing and being eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam and/or continuing directly to distance delivered senior level OHSU and other university coursework required for the Bachelor's degree.
Physicians decide to leave clinical care for many reasons. Sometimes they regret the decision and wish to return to patient care. In Oregon, the OHSU Physician Re-entry Program gives physicians the opportunity to refresh and update their knowledge, and then to become active again in patient care. The program is an innovative, low-cost way to help address physician workforce shortages. It is individualized and the admissions process is selective.
The FCC has launched a website that provides a consolidated source of information about its Rural Health Care Pilot Program. The FCC's pilot program is an innovative, enhanced funding initiative intended to help public and non-profit health care providers construct state- and region-wide broadband networks to provide telehealth and telemedicine services throughout the nation.
SWR is a campaign modeled after the nursing and teaching professions. Supported by a national coalition of social work organizations, NASW is the leading force in SWR on a national and state level. The core purpose of SWR is to reinvest in our profession by engaging in professional advocacy through state/federal legislation, educating the public about the value of social workers, retaining and supporting the current social work labor force and recruiting future social workers.
The VIM Clinic provides health care to residents of Deschutes County who have no medical insurance and meet the Clinic's eligibility criteria. The Clinic, which opened for clients on March 29, 2004, is the result of dedicated community leaders, many benefactors and our most important asset, our volunteers. VIM Mission: To improve the health and wellness of the medically uninsured through the engagement of professionals, community partners and dedicated volunteers. VIM Vision: To become a premier model of effective, integrated, volunteer-based healthcare.
This is a program of preparation for RN licensure and practice for nurses who have earned their credentials outside of the United States. The ultimate goal is successful employment as nurses in Oregon or Southwest Washington. Student financial assistance may be available.
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