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Local Food Bank Supplies Resources amidst the pandemic

Girls in Science Goes Virtual & Camp Resources Are Now Available

Virtual Girls and Science Camp provides STEM opportunities beyond the day of camp!

NEOAHEC Welcomes a New Student Board Member

Yessenia Garcia Sanchez joins NEOAHEC as the 2020-2021 Student Board Member!

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education Begins in Eastern Oregon

Increasing the Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce in Eastern Oregon

Virtual MedQuest 2020

Virtual MedQuest 2020

Read about the success of our 2020 Virtual MedQuest Camp!

Happy National Rural Health Day!

Happy National Rural Health Day!

Today is the day that we "Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. National Rural Health Day gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and highlight some of the great successes in our region.

Increasing The Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce in Eastern Oregon

Increasing The Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce in Eastern Oregon

On March 1st, Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) was awarded a Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) grant of nearly $1 million to increase the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) workforce in eastern Oregon.

The new HOWTO grant program, administered under the direction of the Oregon Health Policy Board in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), selected this project as one of its first awardees.

MedQuest Announces 2019 Staff and Campers

MedQuest Announces 2019 Staff and Campers

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) is pleased to announce its staff and camper selections for the 27th Annual MedQuest program, held in La Grande from June 16-21, 2019. This long-running health career exploration camp for high school students engages participants in a variety of unique medical experiences, including individually-tailored job shadows, panel discussions with local providers, tours of medical facilities, and much more...

Learning in Context with Rural & Frontier-Based Interprofessional Education

Learning in Context with Rural & Frontier-Based Interprofessional Education

Many of us recognize that eastern Oregon is a vast and geographically isolated part of the state. Residents actively choose to call our beautiful region home, but sometimes this comes with a small price in terms of accessing healthcare...

Lighting the Fire: Connecting Students and Healthcare Professionals through the EOU Health Speaker Series


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”–William Butler Yeats.


This quote captures the essence of the Eastern Oregon University (EOU) Health Speaker Series—a collaborative project that aims to do more than simply transfer knowledge; it aims to ignite students’ passions in healthcare.

Organized by NEOAHEC and the EOU Pre-Professional Health Club (PPHC), the Health Speaker Series (HSS) connects students with a variety of mentors by scheduling candid chats with health providers, graduate students, and representatives from health career programs. The presentations are held in EOU’s Huber Auditorium in La Grande once or twice per academic term, with each session featuring a different career theme, such as “Pharmacy Night,” “Physical Therapy Night,” and so on. Speakers relay their educational and career journeys, advice for students considering their career, and thoughts about why it is so valuable to practice in a rural area. Most importantly, they highlight both the positive and negative aspects of their job so students have a realistic picture of each vocation.