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Oregon Resource Allocation Advisory Committee (ORAAC)

ORAAC Final Report Now Available

The Oregon Resource Allocation Advisory Committee (ORAAC) held its final meeting on June 29, 2023. The committee concluded without reaching consensus-based recommendations, but it did produce a final report outlining the feedback provided by committee members. In addition, OHA received comments from members of the public on the approaches the committee was considering. The ORAAC Final Report and Summary of Public Responses are both located on the Resources and Materials page of this web site. OHA is working to update the crisis care tool based on ORAAC’s recommendations and public input. There will be opportunities to engage further with this work as OHA drafts the updates. Please contact us at if you would like more information on these opportunities as they are scheduled.

About the Oregon Resource Allocation Advisory Committee

During a public health crisis, there may be demands for lifesaving care that overwhelm the capacity of health systems to offer that care. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has published health equity principles to guide decisions about who gets that lifesaving care when there isn’t enough to meet demands. OHA has also provided an interim tool to aid decision-making in such a crisis. 

The Oregon Resource Allocation Advisory Committee (ORAAC) met between May 2022 and June 2023. Their purpose was to  review and inform updates to the guiding principles and the decision-making tool.  The principles and the tool are available in several languages on the ORAAC Resources and Materials page. The principles are:

  • Non-discrimination,
  • Health equity, 
  • Patient-led decision making, and 
  • Transparent communications.

Some of ORAAC’s work began in a subcommittee focused on triage approaches. This group learned and discussed together, ultimately producing recommendations for the full committee to consider.

Scope of the committee

The role of the committee was to:

  • Review and inform updates to OHA’s previously published Principles in Promoting Health Equity During Resource Constrained Events.
  • Review and inform future updates to Oregon’s interim crisis care tool. 
  • Guide the development of any additional necessary resources (such as a toolkit, guidance, best practices) to ensure OHA’s principles in health equity can be readily applied in Oregon during a resource constrained event. 
  • Inform norms and expectations regarding communication and transparency when health system allocation decisions are necessary due to resource constraints.