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Health Speaker Series

Connecting undergraduate students and community members with healthcare professionals!

What is the Health Speaker Series?

Organized by NEOAHEC and the Eastern Oregon University Pre-Professional Health Club, the Health Speaker Series (HSS) engages undergraduate students and community members with unique health career presentations each academic term. Health providers, graduate students, or representatives from health career programs are invited to 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. The sessions are held in EOU’s Huber Auditorium in La Grande, with each featuring a different career theme, such as “Pharmacy Night,” “Physical Therapy Night,” and so on.

The HSS provides invaluable networking opportunities between students and current industry professionals. These are some of the topics guests should expect to hear about at our presentations:

  • Why did the presenter choose their career path?
  • Tests, licenses, education, and other preparation they had to complete
  • Surprises and challenges along the way
  • The most rewarding aspects of their work
  • Tips for success
  • And much more!

Upcoming Events:

Please stay tuned for information regarding our Virtual Health Speaker Series!!

Past Presentations:

-November 20, 2019 National Rural Health Day screening of, The Providers

-October 20, 2019: Kyle Pfaffenbach of the Eastern Oregon University Health & Human Performance Dept.

-May 28, 2019: Stacee Reed of the Oregon Office of Rural Health

-March 5, 2019: Curt Stilp, PA-C of the Oregon AHEC and the OHSU PA Program and Bonnie Dittmann, PA-C of La Grande Family Medicine

-January 22, 2019: Bob Coulter of Red Cross Drug Store and Eliza Allison of the OSU College of Pharmacy

-December 4, 2018: Andrew Pearson, DO of Grande Ronde Hospital and Daniel Stone, OHSU med. student and AHEC Scholar

-May 15, 2018: Luke Rauch, WesternU COMP-NW

-May 1, 2018: Dale Robinson, MD of Grande Ronde Hospital

-March 6, 2018: Nick West, OHSU MD Candidate, Class of 2019

  • Watch the recording of Nick's presentation here!

*The actual presentation starts approximately 12 minutes into the video, so be sure to fast-forward!

-January 23, 2017: Vanessa Braden, PT, and Elizabeth Zastrow, PT, DPT, OCS of Grande Ronde Hospital Rehab Therapy.

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Fax: 541.962.3416