Salem, Oregon – Bridges Oregon has launched a new “Healthcare Training Center”, an online portal that provides training videos for healthcare providers and their support staff to learn about best practices, equity, and effective communication when caring for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Oregonians.

The Healthcare Training Center also has an online community center that provides resources, information, and events for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people residing in Oregon. This project was made possible with grant funding by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The support from OCF provides opportunities for interactive learning for the healthcare community.

“The goal of the Healthcare Training Center is to address the accessibility and service disparities for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people in Oregon,” said Chad A. Ludwig, Executive Director of Bridges Oregon. “Not only will this provide improvement in the delivery of healthcare services, but it will also empower our community to request and receive healthcare services that are fully accessible.”

Healthcare providers can access and purchase the training videos online and view them at their own pace. This allows complete flexibility and the ability to select the training that fits their individual healthcare needs.

For Oregon residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing, access to the Community Center via the Healthcare Training Center is free. The Community Center hosts resources, events, and an online portal in which consumers can connect with one another for support.

For more information on the Healthcare Training Center, visit the website: Any questions, email

About Bridges Oregon:

Bridges Oregon is a nonprofit for Oregonians who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing or face other communication barriers. It is in our mission to facilitate equity and inclusiveness and to provide a bridge to opportunities through advocacy, education, and communication.

About Oregon Community Foundation:

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was founded in 1973 with a big mission: to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. In partnership with donors and volunteers, OCF works to strengthen communities in every county in Oregon through research, grantmaking and scholarships. In 2022, OCF distributed more than $180 million, supporting 3,500 grantees and awarding more than 3,000 scholarships. With OCF, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds that meet the needs of diverse communities statewide. 2023 marks OCF’s 50th anniversary. Since its founding, OCF has distributed more than $2.2 billion in community investments, including grants to 10,850 nonprofits and 53,375 scholarships to students. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can work with OCF to create charitable funds to support causes important to them. To learn more, please visit: