Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center, Klamath Falls Photo: Sky Lakes Medical Center
Volume XX | Issue 2 | Spring 2020
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Transforming health care in rural Oregon

The grand opening of the $50 million Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center in Klamath Falls celebrated much more than the completion of a successful building project. The December event marked the launch of a new way to educate medical professionals that community leaders hope will transform the face of rural health care.

The health challenges faced by rural Oregon are well known: Although more than one-third of residents live in rural communities, only about 10% of physicians practice there, leaving many areas without any primary care providers. Transportation and geography create barriers to existing care.  Significant health disparities are well documented in rural Oregon, where adults are 36% more likely to report their health status as fair or poor than are adults in urban areas.

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