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Workforce Challenges Take Center Stage on March 22

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from legislators, healthcare officials and educators
February 22, 2018

It's no secret that Oregon faces a serious workforce shortage.In the next few years, 20 percent of physicians intend to retire, as do many other healthcare workers. 

Oregon Health Forum brings this issue to the forefront on March 22 when a panel of experts takes the stage led by Robert Duehmig, Deputy Director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University.

The event gets underway with a breakfast buffet at 7 a.m . followed by a panel discussion that wraps up at 9 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon in Portland. A free parking lot is adjacent.

Are legislators willing to invest resources to recruit new professionals and retain the state's current providers? Is a team-based approach to delivering medicine the way to go? What role should academic institutions play? How does industry fit in? And is enough attention being focused on under-served populations in both urban and rural settings?

Panelists are:

  • Ann Barr-Gillespie, PhD, DPT, Vice Provost and Executive Dean, Pacific University for the College of Health Professions
  • Jana Bitton, MPA, Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing
  • George Mejicano, MD, MS, FACP, Senior Associate Dean for Education, OHSU
  • Lesley Ogden, MD, FACEP, CEO, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
  • Rebecca Ramsay Executive Director, Housecall Providers and Population Health Partnerships, CareOregon
  • Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD (D-District 17)

Robert Duehmig, Deputy Director, Oregon Office of Rural Health, OHSU, will moderate.

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at [email protected].