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NEON’s Wellness at Work Project Funded by HRSA to Address Workforce Burnout


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded NEON with a 3-year Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program grant. The overall award total is just over $2.2 million. The project period began January 1, 2022 and will end December 31, 2024. 

With this funding, NEON’s Wellness at Work Project will provide training on Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care, Mindfulness, Workforce Wellness, and Supervision, to non-licensed health care professionals who are living in rural areas or members of culturally under-served populations. This includes Traditional Health Workers such as Community Health Workers and Peers, and the behavioral health workforce such as case managers and chemical dependency counselors. The goal of the project is to promote mental health and reduce burnout in this vital workforce, and increase employee engagement and satisfaction, thus reducing risk for depression, anxiety, substance use, and/or suicide, while training employees in the field.

About NEON

Rural Oregon communities are under-resourced, particularly in their capacity to support the health of residents. As a result, barriers to community health can be enormous—providers experience gaps in funding, technology, and training; community members commonly have limited access to information and care. Our mission at NEON is to create a healthier Eastern Oregon. We accomplish this by reducing barriers for both residents and the systems that support their health. We are connectors, innovators and experts. We connect people and organizations to one another and to resources they need to meet their goals. By thinking out of the box and harnessing the creativity of our communities, we help lead the development of solutions to the unique challenges faced in our region. We make it our priority to learn and share policy, practice, and tools that will help others accomplish more. We believe that by working together, the communities of rural Eastern Oregon can move from surviving to healthy, happy, and thriving.

​​NEON History

​NEON is a 501(c)3 nonprofit health collaborative originally serving Union, Wallowa, and Baker counties in Northeast Oregon and recently expanded into Umatilla and Malheur counties.  NEON launched in 2004 from a small group of individuals who recognized the value of community collaboration in ensuring the health of our residents. ​

​”Our mission is to create a healthier Eastern Oregon. We do this by reducing barriers for both residents and the regional systems that support their health.

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