Allied Health Schools in Oregon

The state of Oregon instituted a state wide plan that is known as The Allied Healthcare for Oregon: Seeking Solutions Through Technology which is also known as AHOSST.  This project was put into place for identification of emerging practices and barriers to expand accessibility to health occupations within the state of Oregon through the use of technology. The primary goal will be putting a plan into place that outlines how the use of technology can be used to ensure accessibility to healthcare education in the states underserved and rural areas.

Trained workers are needed in higher demand statewide. Existing education programs cannot meet the current need for education of health care professionals. Currently there are approximately 100 programs for healthcare occupations offered in the state. Most of the available programs are offered by one or two colleges, which currently requires students from other communities to relocate. It makes sense that by expanding the availability of these educational programs students could train in their home community thus fulfilling open job positions in rural areas.

$2.9 Million Dollars has been granted to the state of Oregon by the Federal Department of Labor. This money is for community colleges to participate in the Oregon Health Network Partnerships Project which set up a network of community colleges, the workforce investment system, industry groups, and employers to work together to improve the support to health occupations education to involve technology assistance.

The Healthcare Workforce Community was established by Oregon’s Legislature and the Oregon Health Policy Board.  Their primary goal is the education and recruitment of health care professionals in order to  meet increasing employment demands of this profession. Additional priorities include:

  1. Preparation of the current and future workforce to engage in new models of care delivery.
  2. To make improvements to the distribution and capacity of the primary care workforce.
  3. Meeting the current projected employment demands which are up to 58,000 new workers by the year 2018 by expansion of the workforce through regulatory reform, training and education.
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