It's more than 30 miles to the closest hospital. There’s no public transportation.
The Vernonia Health Center has even officially been designated a rural clinic by Medicare.
Of Oregon’s population, 25 percent live in rural areas, but only 9 percent of medical doctors serve those communities, according to Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of Rural Health Programs at Oregon Health and Science University, who spoke at the Oregon Rural Health Conference in Portland.
Significant federal policy changes could force many providers to opt out of Oregon’s well-established immunization program, potentially leaving kids around the state unvaccinated and with a higher risk of disease, state health care leaders and providers say.
Oregon’s rural counties have gotten a break on premium prices on Cover Oregon, bucking national reports of sky-high insurance premiums in rural areas on the federal exchange.
April 1, 2013 – While Oregon Health & Sciences University is pushing for free tuition to students who choose to serve in underserved areas – including rural Oregon – it's also revising its curriculum in ways some doctors fear will affect rural rotations, also called clerkships.
March 13, 2013 — Legislators heard two bills on Monday that would make it easier for doctors and other healthcare providers to practice in rural Oregon.
Editor's Note: This article has been amended from an earlier version to correct and clarify aspects of the program's implementation.