NIH Director Collins ignites optimism and collaboration during campus visit

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., spent a day at OHSU sprinkling some fairy dust of possibility that is spurring renewed optimism and new grant applications to fuel the next generation of science at OHSU. Dr. Collins visited on Monday, Oct. 24 to give the 2016 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture, named for his personal mentor, the late U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. Dr. Collins’s standing-room-only evening lecture at CLSB – “Exceptional opportunities in … Read More

Jake’s story: A senior project from the heart

The Knight Cardiovascular Institute recently hosted a patient forum for over 60 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic heart condition. At the event attendees heard from experts about the latest treatments, lifestyle recommendations and research for HCM. They also heard from Jake Hansel, a senior at Camas High School recently diagnosed with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Jake’s senior project focuses on raising awareness of the disease and support for HCM research. Below, Jake shares his story. My … Read More

OHSU students, staff and faculty join leaders in committing to address gun violence as a public health issue

OHSU leaders, faculty, staff and students gathered in the late afternoon rain outside Mackenzie Hall Tuesday, Oct. 4 to mark an institution-wide commitment to address gun violence as a public health issue. “We all know why we are here,” OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., told the gathering of more than 100. “We are troubled by the increasing violence in our society and the way in which that violence has disproportionately impacted people of color. … Read More

OHSU nurse midwives celebrating National Midwifery Week 2016

National Midwifery Week is supported by ACNM, its members, physicians, and women’s health organizations across the nation. OHSU has a thriving faculty midwifery practice. OHSU’s midwifery graduate program has been ranked as one of the top Midwifery programs from U.S. News & World Report consistently since 2004. Some of our faculty include: Sally Hersh,D.N.P.,C.N.M. who received the Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate teaching chosen by the OHSU School of Nursing students. Sally teaches core coursework … Read More

Food as medicine

By now, we’ve all heard the recommendations for a heart-healthy diet – reduce your saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cut back on salt. But did you know there are specific foods you can eat that can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol even further? Researchers have created a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods, that, when eaten together along with a heart-healthy diet, are even more effective at reducing LDL cholesterol than a low-saturated fat diet … Read More

Healthy summer barbecues and potlucks

Is your summer filling up with social engagements that threaten to derail your healthy diet efforts? Backyard barbecues and potlucks are wonderful, but the typical fare – creamy mayonnaise-based salads, high-fat meats like ribs, and baked goods – isn’t exactly optimal for good health and weight management. Here are my go-to tips for staying on track all summer long. Plan ahead If you bring a dish that is healthy and delicious, you know there will be … Read More

Plan ahead: Upcoming construction projects to affect travel to OHSU

Traveling to OHSU for an appointment or work? Several current and upcoming construction projects will affect traffic and parking starting August 14. Here’s what you need to know as you prepare for your trip to OHSU. ODOT ramp closure, August 14-31 I-5 Exit 299A will be closed for construction August 14-31. The Sellwood Bridge will also be closed from 7 p.m. August 19 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 23. Patients driving to OHSU from the … Read More

Prescribing change: Using healthy food to break the cycle of poverty and chronic disease

As a child, Brian Frank, sat down at the beginning of every week with his father and brother to plan each of the family’s meals for the next seven days. Every morning, he knew he would wake up to a delicious breakfast, that he would have something in his lunchbox and that he would return home from school to a nutritious meal on the table. “What I didn’t realize at the time,” he said “was … Read More

Scientific Research Advocates bring the patient perspective to science

This Saturday, August 6, a free, public forum about the science behind evolving breast cancer screening guidelines will be held as part of the 30th International Association for Breast Cancer Research Conference. June Cooley, an OHSU Scientific Research Advocate, will be one of the panelists presenting from the patient perspective. Research advocates are volunteers with a personal connection to cancer who are passionate about helping translate research findings into meaningful outcomes for patients and their … Read More

Summer road trips: Making the most of fast food

This is a continuation of our best tips for eating well on the road. Read the first article here. As much as I’d love to have only freshly prepared meals on road trips, being on the road (and on a budget) can at times make fast food inevitable. Use these tips to make the most of a potentially unhealthy situation. Make it a true “happy” meal Wherever you end up, always remember the formula for … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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