The OREGON AETC has been funded to provide clinical education and training to the medical community of Oregon and SW Washington for over 15+ years.

Originally located at the Research + Education group, the OREGON AETC served as the educational arm to ongoing HIV-related clinical research in Oregon and SW Washington.  Founded in 1982 as the Oregon AIDS Task Force, The Research + Education Group was the largest community-based HIV research program in the Pacific Northwest. Its consortium of 30 participating physician investigators and mid-level practitioners in Oregon and Southwest Washington provide primary care to over 2900 HIV patients at 13 clinical sites in the Portland area. In 2014 the Research + Education Group was dissolved and remaining studies and the OREGON AETC contract were moved to the Portland VA Research Foundation under the direction of Dr. Melissa D. Murphy.

The OREGON AETC is closely affiliated with the Multnomah County Department of Health's HIV Health Services Center (HHSC) in Portland, a MWAETC subcontractor and the largest Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Part C clinic in Oregon.


medical director

Melissa D. Murphy, MD

Dr. Melissa D. Murphy, who first began treating HIV+ patients in 1997, became the Medical Director of the OREGON AETC in 2010. She is the HIV Lead Clinician for the Portland VA Medical Center and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20 (which includes WA, OR, ID and AK). She has participated in HIV clinical research trials for new antiretroviral medications and has also done research in antiretroviral resistance.  

Dr. Murphy provides clinical consultation to providers in Oregon and SW Washington via email or phone, and usually responds within two business days. Click Here to email your request to the OREGON AETC team.

Request a consultation!


B.A., Biology, Reed   College,1991

MD,University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, 1996

Residency Medicine - Oregon Health & Science University

Fellowship: ID - OHSU/Portland VAMC, 1999-2001

Research Interests 

Focusing on the evolution of antiretroviral resistance mutations in salvage HIV patients exposed to the newer protease inhibitors and their effect on clinical response to antiretroviral therapy



program manager

Dayna K. Morrison, MPH

Dayna K.  Morrison brings 20 years of experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and abroad.  She has coordinated the LGBTQ+ Health Coalition of the Columbia-Willamette since 2010.  In this role she represented LGBTQ+ voices in Health Equity Workgroups through the Oregon Health Authority and served as a stakeholder advisor to Cover Oregon. Previous professional positions include Director of HIV Services at Quest Center for Integrative Health, and Program Coordinator for the CDC Global AIDS Program.



B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Chemistry Minor, Lewis & Clark College, 2001

MPH, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, International Health and Infectious Disease, 2005


Jim Winkle, MPH

Head shot.jpg

Jim Winkle, MPH has delivered training to hundreds of primary care and emergency medicine clinicians on addressing substance use, intimate partner violence, and behavior change with patients. For nine years, he served as Project Manager of SBIRT Oregon, which became a nationally recognized resource for implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in health settings. His experience in the field of HIV prevention includes working as a Training Specialist for the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center in Minneapolis, and serving patients at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bend, Oregon.



MPH, University of Minnesota, 2007

B.S., Community Health Education, Portland State University, 2003 



Ashley Allison, BA

Ashley brings to the team over six of experience in direct patient care, research, and project coordination in reproductive health and HIV care.  Ashley has spent the past several years of her career splitting her time between Portland, Oregon and Johannesburg, South Africa working to improve the health outcomes of diverse and underserved populations.  In Portland, Ashley worked in direct patient care at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette providing care, support, and health education to patients accessing services.  In Johannesburg, Ashley worked as a Development Officer and Project Coordinator in the design, implementation, and coordination of several large-scale HIV testing and medication adherence support projects and programs. 


B.A., International Affairs, Lewis and                                                                     Clark College, 2009