Human Resources of Central Oregon

Welcome to:
The Human Resource Association of Central Oregon
(SHRM Chapter 310)

HRACO is a member organization for Human Resource professionals and a local chapter affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 
Our mission is to provide opportunities for education, networking and community connection to Human Resource practitioners in Central Oregon. 
We offer individuals in the Human Resources occupation opportunities for skills enhancement as well as tools to obtain certification as professionals in the field of HR.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month and have speakers on various HR-related topics.  See our Calendar of Events for more information. 

Take a moment to browse through our website and outstanding offerings including our monthly meeting calendar, the educational opportunities, job postings and presentations.  If you are not currently a member of SHRM, we encourage you to join now.  SHRM membership will enhance your career and open a world where thousands of resources are at your fingertips such as sample forms, toolkits, webcasts, podcasts, supervisory newsletters, employment updates and so much more.  Your membership in SHRM automatically provides you with member benefits in HRACO.  Membership provides you with "member only" access to information on both the HRACO website and SHRM.
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We invite you to attend our local monthly chapter meetings. HRACO is not only a professional organization, but also provides members and guests with a great place to meet new friends and learn new ideas for professional growth. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

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Upcoming Events

April 2016 Presentation – 

Mental Health in the Workplace: Impact, Prevention and Intervention


Mental health diagnoses and mental health issues in the workplace are costly – various studies estimate these issues cost employers anywhere from $50 billion to more than $100 billion per year in indirect costs alone.  The largest indirect cost is in lost productivity.  This presentation will outline some of the indirect and direct financial and organizational impacts stemming from mental health issues in the workplace.

In addition, we will review and discuss strategies and tactics for identifying mental health problems, working toward prevention and how to intervene when issues related to mental health diagnoses surface in the workplace.  Depression, anxiety and substance abuse tend to be the most prevalent and costly mental health issues encountered in the workplace.  These mental health issues can be recognized by coworkers and managers if they understand the problems, know their employees and look for the appropriate signs and symptoms.  Please bring your questions and examples of when mental health issues have had an impact on your organization!



Keith Orton, PhD.

Dr. Orton is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice in Bend since 2009.  He specializes in clinical and organizational psychology.  He has over 20 year experience working in various business settings performing corporate mental health and human resource roles.

As Mental Health Director for U S West, he developed, implemented and managed the Employee Assistance Program.  Dr. Orton has also served in human resources and organization development roles for Intel Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, and in Bend at GL Solutions and BMC.  At Intel and Cadence he led international teams of HR professionals to develop and implement HR programs that supported the strategic needs of their businesses.  During these endeavors, he developed a keen interest in employee engagement, performance management and management training, while working to consistently improve the organizational environment in which human assets toiled.  For more information please consult his website at


When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 

           7:30 AM Networking

          8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Presentation

Where:  Shilo Inn

           3105 O.B. Riley Rd, Bend, OR

Registration: Please complete the RSVP Form

Events & News

  • Are you a currently PHR/SPHR certified?  Remember to complete SHRM's Pathway to Certification for your SHRM-CP/SCP  Go here: SHRM Pathway Tutorial  
  • "New System, New Updates" - HRCI has made some significant changes for re-certification. Make yourself aware! Visit here for the recorded webinar hosted by HRCI.

     The HRACO Mentoring Program

    Although human resource professionals have informally been mentors to others in the field for decades, formal SHRM mentoring programs across the country have had great success.  We believe our members in Central Oregon can also benefit from such a program.

    The Mentoring Program is still accepting applications for HR Professionals who would like to be mentored.

    Find out more information by visiting the Programs page.

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