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Explore our training programs:
Wellness at Work Training Program

NEON's Wellness at Work project supports the health care workforce throughout Oregon by providing training to frontline staff working with rural or culturally underserved populations. We also offer training for supervisors and administrators who support this workforce.

*Scholarships and iPads widely available for this program.

Click below for information on these trainings: 

Self-Care at Work: Take Care of Yourself and Wellness Strategies workshops

Supervising for Resilience

Wellness at Work for Healthcare Executives

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Rural Oregon Opioid Trainings

NEON's Removing Community Risks for Opioid Misuse in Eastern Oregon training project works with the direct service workforce from multiple fields.  In these sessions, workers build their knowledge and skills  to work with people who struggle with opioid misuse.  

Topics covered:  Opioid awareness for THWs, signs and symptoms of opioid misuse and addiction, brain basics, compassion fatigue and addiction, family impacts and health risks of opioid addiction, motivational interviewing, and MAT

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Rural Oregon Opioid trainings

Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Course

CHWs are found in all sorts of settings, working to address systemic inequities and reduce barriers to health care for our communities' most vulnerable.

In this course, participants share and learn about the roles of CHWs and a range of topics relevant to their work. By the end, they have a big-picture understanding of community and public health and the ways they can have a positive impact. 

Click below for more info on our 90-hour certification course:

CHW Certification Course

Tobacco Cessation Skills for CHWs Training

Tobacco cessation is a complex process that requires not only a personal commitment, but also access to cessation resources, and the availability of a social support system.

This training series provides an overview of the nature, extent and impact of tobacco use on health. It also offers a detailed exploration of counseling and support strategies that Community Health Workers and other front line staff can implement with those patients interested in tobacco cessation or quitting.

Click below for more info on this training:

Tobacco Cessation Skills for CHWs

View Our Training Calendar for Scheduled Dates and Times.
About our trainings:
  • Most trainings are held via Zoom but in-person accommodations can be made upon request. 

  • All trainings are in real time and use popular education methods.
  • Targeted audiences include the broader state of Oregon with a focus on those working with rural and culturally underserved populations. 

  • Collectively the trainers have over 40 years of experience in training, curriculum development, and human services. 

Meet our training team:

Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW, CHW

Lisa is the Development and Training Program Director. She has trained, mentored, and supervised public health, community mental health, and non-profit leadership staff throughout Oregon. She has experience in community health assessment, health systems planning, and grant writing and management. 

Connie Sherrard, MSW, CHW

Connie is the Training Manager at NEON.  She has spent her career working in human services, mostly devoted to families and children.  She is passionate about helping people become better advocates for equity and access for all.

Edna Murrieta, MS. Ed,  CHW

Edna is the DEI and Training Coordinator at NEON. She has worked in higher education supporting students from marginalized communities to achieve success in higher education. She is a valuable asset and advocate in NEON’s efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion, both internally and in the services we provide. 

Kinda Cable, BS, CHW

 Kinda is the Training Program Project Manager, a position that coordinates activities for the training program, assists in registration and scholarships, data collection, marketing, visual and websign design, and provides participant support. Kinda is a lifelong rural who studied at Westwood College online where she earned her BS in Visual Communications. 

Cami Miller, PSS, CHW

Cami Miller is the Training Coordinator at NEON. She was trained by NEON as a CHW in 2017, and contracted with them with various projects over the years. She also worked as a certified recovery mentor with substance use, as a mental health peer support person and as a CHW in houselessness. She recently joined NEON as trainer and is excited to be back where her ardor for traditional health work began.

What's Happening with the NEON Training Team!


This March the NEON Training Team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts's to attend the Work Change Collaborative Conference. The conference hosted 23 organizations from all across the country who received the Workforce Wellness project supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The NEON team enjoyed conversing with other organizations about their project offerings and direction, made new connections, brainstormed ideas to better our program, and had a wonderful time wandering around Boston seeing new sites. 

It was a fantastic learning experience and we look forward to the next Conference.



"Really appreciate how well you integrate chat and breakout with the teaching portions". - Opioid Addiction Training Participant

"The content was great and very useful. It was delivered in a manner that was easy to understand." - Compassion Fatigue Training Participant 

NEON is a connector, innovator, and expert resource

Rural and culturally underserved communities in Oregon are often 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 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 Oregon can move from surviving to healthy, happy, and thriving.

 Our History

​Northeast Oregon Network (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 was launched in 2004 by a small group of individuals who recognized the value of community collaboration in ensuring the health of our residents.
The Workforce Wellness project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,280,666 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.