Photos Credit: John R. Keys, Jr.

Central Oregon Research Coalition


    In October, 2012, CORC held its first research retreat with more than 30 participants from the health research community. The event was sponsored by St. Charles Health System, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and health insurer, PacificSource.

    Attendees included academicians and community partners who identified research questions and established relationships that have resulted in development of several collaborative research proposals. Two of them were funded.

    CORC has held subsequent meetings focused on updates, reports on outcomes and upcoming research opportunities. These activities led to a call for proposals via collaboration between OHSU’s Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the Central Oregon Health Council.

    A Request for Application (RFA) was offered to OHSU investigators who were required to target their expertise toward supporting at least one of the Central Oregon Health Council’s stated initiatives and collaborate closely with a Central Oregon partner. CORC received six proposals. One received funding and two were referred to other funding sources.

    In the fall of 2013, CORC convened a Steering Committee of nearly 20 community leaders from business and health communities to help determine a future direction for CORC and galvanize community support for CORC’s vision and mission.  A business plan and next steps in the development of CORC was created in 2014.  St. Charles, The Center and OSU-Cascades generously housed the CORC support team until a more permanent location at the Central Oregon OHSU office in Bend was established in October 2015.