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Central Oregon Research Coalition

Who We Are

    Central Oregon Research Coalition (CORC) is a community-university collaborative designed to support research best practices in Central Oregon for optimized health outcomes.


    • utilizes an OHSU funded Community Liaison that:
      o receives guidance on community priorities and strategy from the CORC Steering Committee
      o plays a key role in ongoing coordination, progress and communication of the coalition’s efforts; arranges CORC meetings and events
      o provides consultations and makes applicable connections to research expertise and services to assist community members plan and implement research projects
      o informs the community about funding opportunities, educational resources and workshopsContact Community Liaison Erin Solomon Email: or fill out out a CORC Project Assistance Request Form (fillable pdf form).
    • helps identify and support existing research expertise in Central Oregon to connect partners locally and beyond Central Oregon
    • has built statewide connections to support research best practices, training and a network that builds regional capacity for grant funded research

    Why are community-university partnerships so important?

    Community-university partnerships encourage the discovery of innovative solutions to challenging local health problems.  They help ensure that research questions, data and programs are driven by community identified needs and priorities, meet scientific standards and include evaluation to measure success.


    CORC Mission

    To improve the health and well-being of Central Oregonians through the development of partnerships that support data-driven decision making and research best practices.

    CORC Vision:

    Increase funding and opportunities for innovative research to improve health outcomes in Central Oregon.


    How does CORC measure impact?

    • An increase in health and education research dollars in Central Oregon
    • An increase in Central Oregon organizations using evidence-based practices to enhance healthcare quality and affordability