Program Manager - Rural Population Health

Organization/Company Name: 
The Oregon Office of Rural Health
Position Description: 

The Oregon Office of Rural Health’s (ORHs) provides a broad set of technical assistance and support services to rural and frontier health care facilities, agencies and communities throughout all of Oregon. In order to meet the variable set of needs of Oregon’s rural health care constituents across a large geography, the ORH team relies on highly motivated, team-oriented and customer-service focused employees to provide education, program development and assistance to those we serve.


This position is responsible for:


  • The evaluation, planning, program development and administration of ORH’s ongoing population health initiatives. Examples of current initiatives are:  healthy aging in rural Oregon through delivery of the ORH Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon and Elder Service Innovation Grants. Programs may change or additional programs may be added as the healthcare landscape and constituent needs change.
  • Coordination and provision of technical assistance/education related to technology tools that support rural health care facilities’ efforts to expand access to and support population health and the delivery of preventive, primary care, specialty care, and emergency care services to patients, and improve health outcomes. Examples of current initiatives include telemedicine and Information Technologist (IT) continuing education.
  • Due to the evolving nature of delivery of health care in rural and frontier areas, other duties and projects may be assigned.

Key Responsibilities:


With oversight from the Field Services Director and with collaboration from the Field Services team, the Program Manager works to programmatically administer ORH’s population health programs and initiatives. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Maintaining an awareness of current and emerging population health initiatives in rural areas.
  • Understanding and connecting Oregon’s community-based organizations and programs that support population health to local and regional rural health care facilities.
  • Convening an advisory stakeholder committee and facilitating meetings.
  • Communicating about and collaborating with ORH staff on population health needs and trends to further program development and communication.
  • Manage population health events—currently the Aging Forum in Rural Oregon.
  • Presenting the perspective of rural population health to internal and external stakeholder groups and policymakers.
  • Managing outgoing population health grants—currently the annual Elder Service Innovation Grant—including identifying new opportunities for flexible funding to support.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and assessment of population health initiatives that are incorporated into the ORH Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grant.
  • With oversight from the Field Services Director and in collaboration with the Field Services staff, the Program Manager works to understand and help Oregon’s rural and frontier Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and EMS agencies improve service delivery, increase access and provide support. The Program Manager is ORH’s subject matter expert and point of contact on telehealth and emerging health care technology with a focus on how it supports population health.
  • The success of the Office of Rural Health relies heavily on internal collaboration and a team-work environment. As such, there is the expectation that other duties may be assigned.


Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
$63,242 - $82,242

OHSU provides an excellent benefits package.

Required Qualifications and Experience: 

Five years of experience with responsibility for program or project monitoring and coordination. The experience 

must have included research and program evaluation responsibility.


A working knowledge of and experience with Oregon’s rural health care environment.


The person in this position must have excellent communication and public speaking skills. 


The ability to successfully collaborate with a wide range of partners, and work as a constructive member of the Office of Rural Health team, is essential. 


The ability to analyze, understand and communicate about health care-related policy, rules and regulations. 

The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to work independently and have excellent organizational skills. 


The applicant must have demonstrated an ability to produce succinct, well-written, well-organized and thoughtfully formatted professional reports.


The person in this position must be able to manage many different priorities while maintaining a focus on good customer service.


The ability to travel frequently and independently both in and out of the state is necessary.  Preferred: Experience researching and/or understanding systemic issues for rural 

hospitals or rural clinics preferred.


Knowledge of or experience working in the area of population health—especially among aging populations—is preferred.


Knowledge of telemedicine modalities, emerging health care technologies, policy, and rural challenges related to telehealth (i.e., 

broadband access) is preferred.


Knowledge or work with Oregon’s Critical Access Hospitals and/or Rural Health Clinics/Rural Public Health Agencies strongly preferred.


Familiarity with state and federal laws affecting health care delivery is preferred.

Required Education and / or Certifications: 

Required: A bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, or a field directly related to the position will substitute for two years of experience. Preferred: A Master’s degree in a related field (public health, administration, business, etc.).

3030 S. Moody Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97201
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
To Be Determined
Application Email: 
Application Address: 
Laura Potter
Oregon Office of Rural Health
3030 S. Moody Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97201
Application deadline: 
Friday, October 22, 2021