Healthcare System Work Group
(The NW Health Preparedness Organization)

The NW Oregon Health Preparedness Organization (NWHPO) coordinates regional planning efforts to ensure that our region is prepared to respond to large-scale health emergencies.


Program Committee Rep: Sherrie Forsloff, OHSU
Steering Committee Rep: Kathryn Richer, NW Oregon Health Preparedness Organization


Organizational Structure

The NWHPO is comprised of: 

  • Hospitals and health systems

  • Local and state public health

  • County emergency management

  • Emergency medical services

  • Medical societies

  • Safety net clinics

  • Behavioral health organizations

Participating counties: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington, and Clark (in Washington state). 

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Hazard Vulnerability analysis

Annually, the NW Oregon Health Preparedness Organization assesses the various threats and hazards to health and medical operations within our six- county region. This is done to both inform our preparedness planning and satisfy federal grant requirements.