We strengthen the public health and human sciences workforce for practicing and future professionals.
In 2015 a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) was looking to increase the capacity of Community Health Workers (CHW) in rural areas. OCHI developed and delivers a hybrid on-line and in-person CHW training course, with continuing education modules and a leadership certificate. Since then, 115 students have completed the entry-level training alone.
Additional advanced modules are in development, meeting the growing demand for CHW throughout the state.
OCHI is creating curriculum for Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) to advance the work of health and social service professionals, specifically Home Care Workers and Personal Support Workers. These include a range online and in-person offerings, including an Enhanced Certification, Exceptional Certification, and Ventilator Dependent Quadriplegic (VDQ) curricula.
In 2016 a large health system recognized a need for a postdoctoral focus on population health. Collaboratively, OCHI and OSU Foundation faculty established a position in public health services research.
In the first year of her two-year appointment, Megan Cahn co-authored a significant study demonstrating that care navigators are highly effective in helping indigenous adults receive definitive diagnoses after cancer screenings.
Future post-doctoral opportunities may include focuses in health policy, environmental strategies, health equity, and more.