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Central Oregon Research Coalition

Central Oregon Projects

    Current CORC Community Project Partner:  Homeless Leadership Coalition

    • What is this project is about?  Using data to inform decisions that better manage and reduce the impact of homelessness in Central Oregon.
    • Who is involved?  CORC Steering Committee,  Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC), OHSU Community Research Hub,  Student Volunteers (OSU-Cascades, COCC)
    • Background: The Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) is a collaboration of community partners in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties engaging the community through education, advocacy, planning, prioritization and accountability for services to persons experiencing homelessness.Late 2016 the HLC presented a proposal to OHSU and the CORC Steering Committee for assistance because they were facing several challenges. They had inaccurate and incomplete data on homelessness in the region and there was a new mandate from HUD to implement a Coordinated Entry System for homeless services. The HLC was looking for help with their annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count to collect more robust and accurate data on the homeless population in the region. They were also looking for help conducting a homeless systems analysis in order to develop an implementation strategy for a coordinated entry process that would not only fulfill the new HUD requirement but also work toward centralizing services for people experiencing homelessness.

    What role did research and CORC have ?

    The CORC steering committee saw the HLC project as an opportunity to use their research expertise to create regional impact on a topic that was salient to the community.

    CORC and the OHSU Community Research Hub provided the following support:

    •    Analyzed the 2017 PIT data and prepared data visualization presentations for community meetings
    •    Helped improve the PIT survey for 2018
    •    Helped execute the 2018 PIT survey and collect data
    •    Analyzed the 2018 PIT data and prepared data visualization presentations for community meetings
    •    Developed an innovative survey tool to conduct a systems analysis of homeless services in the region
    •    Collected data with said tool through 15+ key stakeholder interviews
    •    Are currently working on the systems analysis with plans to present back to the community in August 2018

    Outcomes of the HLC/CORC Collaboration:

    •    Improved internal knowledge of the homeless population in Central Oregon with more accurate and detailed data and more sophisticated data analysis
    •    Improved community knowledge of homelessness in the region through strategic community dissemination
    •    Improved understanding of homeless systems in the region and how to utilize these systems to implement and improve coordinated entry

    Past OHSU and CORC involved projects in Central Oregon

    Funded Research

      • Cancer Screening for People with Disabilities

        Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living (AOCIL) was funded through the Knight Cancer Community Partnership to improve rates of cancer screening for Oregonians with disabilities through a train-the-trainer program for staffs at the cross-disability Centers for Independent Living (CILs) based in Bend, Portland and Roseburg.

      • Elementary School Skin Cancer Science Education and Sun Hat Program in Deschutes County

        Uriel Medical Foundation was funded through the Knight Cancer Community Partnership to develop, implement and evaluate an elementary school skin cancer education curriculum and sun hat program.

      • Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Award

        Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC) is a five year CDC funded award which created the OR-CCRC as 1 of 8 CPCRN sites across the nation. Dr. Jackilen Shannon and Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, principal investigators, their co-investigators as well as the Tribal and Rural Advisory Board members will be able to leverage CDC-funded efforts, projects and expertise in order to work on ongoing efforts aimed at controlling and preventing cancer. This Research Collaborative will also tap into OHSU and Knight Cancer Institute resources and opportunities to help sustain these efforts long-term.
        Funded by: CDC

      • Knight Cancer Foundation Community Health Educator Grant

        The CHE Grant aims to strengthen integration of a Community Health Educator (CHE) into Knight Cancer Institute‘s new statewide cancer prevention and control outreach effort, the Community Partnership Initiative. This will be accomplished by using the adapted Community Readiness key-informant questionnaire to assess readiness and interest of Central Oregon stakeholders to address skin cancer prevention among adolescents. The Let’s Get Healthy! fair along with the community assessment provides specific data that defines capacity and guides strategy selection for future local community health projects.

      • Bridges Health Clinic

        Dr. Peter Graven from the OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness in collaboration with Ken House at Mosaic Medical and Sarah Kingston at Pacific Source Health Plans were the first recipients of pilot funding from OHSU and the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) to support development of a pilot study to enhance evaluation of Bridges Health Clinic. CORC matched funding mechanism to research idea and external partner.

      • Caring for the Whole Person: A Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models in Vulnerable populations”

        Dr. Graven’s Bridges evaluation project and also considers other integration models of care in Oregon (including the Bridges Clinic). As a result of ongoing collaborations and Central Oregon engagement, Dr. Graven, Ken House and Dr. Bill Wright at Providence Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) submitted a successful 3-year Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) application in the Improving Healthcare Systems Winter 2014 Cycle. The CORC funding opportunity provided the impetus for ongoing partnerships and networking across Central Oregon and between CORC members.


    You can also view OHSU only related Research Projects by Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson and other Oregon counties and drill down to see details about project leads, partners and researcher profiles.

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