Research and Policy for a Healthy Oregon


The Oregon Health Research & Evaluation Collaborative (OHREC) is a state-wide collaborative effort between the state's Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the health services research community.  The OHA's Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research and Division of Medical Assistance first started partnering with local health services researchers in 2002; OHREC is a continuation of that partnership.


Our mission is to deliver relevant, timely, evidence-based results and analysis to improve health, health care and health policy through interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Timely and Relevant Work that Impacts Health and Policy

We inform both policy and program decisions by communicating quality, non-partisan, and timely information. Our work informs the administration of Medicaid in Oregon and provides data to aid gubernatorial and legislative review of health policy impacts.

We provide both policy makers and the public access to results.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

OHREC is not a designated state agency.  It's a collaborative effort .

Research and evaluation are conducted by  many different institutions:

  • The Oregon Health Authority, including
    • Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research
    • Division of Medical Assistance Programs
    • Office of Health Analytics
    • Addictions and Mental Health Division
    • Public Health Division
  • County Public Health Agencies 
  • Universities
    • Oregon Health and Sciences University
    • Oregon State University
    • Portland State University
  • Research Centers
    • Kaiser Center for Health Research
    • Providence Health and Services Center for Outcomes Research and Education

OHREC is committed to professional development opportunities for student interns to foster a relationship between academia and policy.

Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Services Research

We maximize our available resources, expand perspectives on issues, and foster innovation.

Researchers benefit from development opportunities through knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer collaboration.

Support for OHREC

The Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR), under its Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Coverage Initiatives Grant, formed the collaborative in December of 2002.