The Oregon Legislature today passed HB 5202, legislation that provided a $45 million priority investment in innovation at Oregon Health & Science University 30-30-30 plan to help meet the state’s urgent health workforce needs. The funding — the largest appropriation awarded to an individual higher education institution this legislative session — will allow OHSU to significantly increase the number of graduates from several key health professions programs, adding thousands of new clinicians high quality to state hospitals and clinics. over the next decade.
OHSU 30-30-30 increase the number of graduates from clinical programs by 30% and increase the diversity of OHSU learners to 30% by 2030.
“OHSU 30-30-30 there is a need to train more health care professionals to meet the health care needs of Oregon’s evolving population,” says Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, president of the OHSU. “I believe that investing now in an impactful and effective long-term solution is necessary if we are to more effectively meet the state’s current and future health care needs. I thank Senate Speaker Peter Courtney, House Speaker Dan Rayfield, and all of our legislators for their leadership during this session. Funding OHSU 30-30-30 will enable us to develop health care providers who better represent the racial and ethnic diversity of Oregonians and who are prepared to provide high quality, culturally competent care. I would also like to thank the Dean of the School of Nursing Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Senior Associate Dean for Education George Mejicano, and Acting Executive Vice President and Provost David Robinson, who were the primary architects of this program.
OHSU has developed its 30-30-30 plan to help the state address the current shortage of health workers and health care inequities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on underserved communities. Without action, the state projects that by 2030, Oregon will need 40% more physician assistants, 12% more registered nurses, and 60% more nurse practitioners — even If the 2021 Oregon Health Authority Health Workforce Needs Assessment Report calls for an increase in the diversity and geographic distribution of the workforce to more effectively meet community health care needs.
“Anything we can do to increase diversity in healthcare is good for all of Oregon. We can save lives by adding doctors and nurses across the state,” says Senate President Peter Courtney.
The $45 million investment will enable OHSU to expand access to culturally competent health care in communities across the state. It includes two parts:
- A $20 million per year increase in direct state ownership of OHSU. This continued investment will allow OHSU to expand class sizes in its schools and train up to 2,000 additional healthcare professionals – nurses, clinical psychologists, physician assistants, nutritionists, public health officials and others – over the decade. It will also increase diversity through learning pathway programs such as the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education, Area Health Education Centers, HealthESteps, Wy’east, and OnTrack OHSU!
- A one-time investment of $25 million, which the OHSU Foundation will seek to match with philanthropy, creating a $50 million OHSU Opportunity Fund. This fund will provide tuition assistance, loan repayment, and student resources to help recruit and retain more diverse classes of learners at OHSU.
“We are coming out of a crisis and looking to the future. We know our healthcare workforce needs to be more diverse and robust,” said Oregon House Speaker Dan Rayfield. “Our investment in OHSU’s 30-30-30 plan is an investment in affordable education, quality jobs, and a healthy future for Oregon families.”
“As Oregon’s public academic health center, OHSU has a proven track record of training the next generation of health care professionals, the majority of whom stay in Oregon to help improve wellness. residents across the state,” says David Robinson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Acting Provost of OHSU. “OHSU 30-30-30 will lead to a larger – and more representative – healthcare workforce in Oregon that understands and can meet the unique needs of the state’s diverse and rural communities.
Additional information about OHSU 30-30-30: OHSU’s Role in Addressing Oregon’s Healthcare Workforce Crisis.