The Director of Field Services (FS) oversees a team of four employees (on-site and remote) to provide subject matter expertise, evidence-based support, advocacy and technical assistance for rural and frontier Oregon health facilities and community stakeholders. The ORH website contains definitions and descriptions of terms used below, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics.
Works closely with the Office of Rural Health (ORH) Director to ensure the FS team’s work fulfills the ORH mission; in line with changing Federal and State health priorities
Works closely with the ORH Management Team to ensure an efficient and effective office. For more information on the Office of Rural Health organizational structure, mandates and work, visit the ORH website and/or read the ORH brochure and 2017 end-of-year report.
Works closely with OHSU, Federal and State partners and organizations to develop and foster close partnerships in order to be current on rural and frontier challenges, and to encourage or facilitate partner collaboration to address solutions. For examples of facility and organizational partners, see pages 4 and 5 of the 2017 Rural and Frontier Listening Tour Report.
Oversees two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants:
The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) for 32 eligible rural and frontier hospitals with a pass-through budget of approximately $380,000 per year.
The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex) for 25 eligible Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) with a budget of approximately $650,000 per year.
In line with the two HRSA grant requirements, as well as other ORH budget-allowable goals, oversees all non-workforce related program development and technical assistance by the FS team to rural and frontier health facilities and communities, primarily CAHs and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). This includes, but is not limited to:
Data and analysis about rural and frontier health to providers, elected officials, government agencies, educators and members of the public;
Quality improvement technical assistance to CAHs;
Financial and operational technical assistance to CAHs, RHCs and rural Emergency Medical Services agencies;
Community benefit, needs assessment and improvement plan assistance to health facilities and community partners;
Compliance technical assistance to RHCs;
Creation and oversight of scholarship and grant opportunities.
OHSU is committed to providing comprehensive, affordable, and customizable benefits for all employees.
Education should include at a minimum a bachelor's degree in a health or business related field. A master's degree is preferred. A valid driver's license is required.