Community Health

Paying it forward on the Casey Outreach Van

I came to the United States from Korea when I was 14 years old. I did not come from a wealthy family, and frequently needed a place to stay during school breaks. When people kindly opened their homes to me, I asked how I could repay them. Their answer always was, “Help others in need when you can.” Fast forward to 2014, when I became a resident at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Casey’s commitment to … Read More

Thank you to OHSU’s “Godmother of Midwifery”

By Ariane Le Chevallier, OHSU Communications  How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to! This month, we celebrate the retirement of Dr. Carol Howe, Associate Dean for Practice at OHSU’s School of Nursing and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. Dr. Howe has served OHSU for over 35 years and her remarkable contributions to midwifery and women’s health, not only at OHSU, but all across Oregon are truly … Read More

Simple steps to maximize heart health

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 alone. Follow … Read More

A better way to document patient end-of-life treatment wishes

For decades, Oregon has led the country in systems change to assure the treatment wishes of those nearing the end of life are consistently honored. The last thing any patient wants is to have clearly documented their wishes through a delicate and thoughtful conversation with their health care professional and family members, and by filling out Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, and then not have those wishes honored. That’s why Oregon Health & Science … Read More

Your health questions answered: Managing stress and seasonal allergies

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, our psychology and pharmacy experts are on the hot seat. Q. How can I better manage my stress? A. Stress affects our lives through worry, comparison and perfection around issues including finances, parenting, work performance, relationships, health and self-esteem. Small amounts of anxiety may propel us to move forward. But when it becomes chronic, our ability to manage stress lessens. This affects our most basic functions: sleep, … Read More

Breaking new ground in global health for girls and women

What happens when you get nutrition scientists and nutrition program practitioners from around the globe together? It turns out these two groups rarely interact, resulting in both having less than a full picture of the barriers each face in implementing their work. The OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness  recently hosted the International Summit on the Nutrition of Adolescent Girls and Young Women. The summit brought together 67 delegates from 17 … Read More

10 things we love about OHSU nurses

National Nurses Week is May 6-12. We adore our nurses, which made it very difficult to narrow the list of things we love about them to only ten. Here are just a handful of the many reasons these hard-working, skilled and dedicated men and women are so good at what they do. 1. They put patients first. Our nurses consistently put patients at the center of everything that is done here — every patient, every time. 2. They heal. … Read More

A glimpse of Heartopia at the Heart & Stroke Walk

In a perfect world, what would you do for your heart? Would you exercise more? Manage your stress better? We asked our experts at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute what they think a perfect cardiovascular world would look like. They said things like “diets would be based on science, not fads” and “meetings would take place on treadmills, instead of sitting at tables.” Me? In a perfect world I would see more money spent on … Read More

Dine out for life with the OHSU Partnership Project

For it’s 7th year Dining Out For Life comes to Portland on Thursday, April 30, 2015. In the early 1990s, AIDS looked very different than it does today. In Oregon, approximately 350 people were dying a year from AIDS. Today, fewer than 100 Oregonians are dying from AIDS, thanks to a number of advancements: The development of medications successfully fighting the virus Increased testing, so people know their status earlier Systems put into place, linking … Read More

OHSU Casey Eye Institute Collaborates with American Samoa

On April 14, the OHSU Casey Eye Institute community gathered to celebrate our growing collaboration with the health care community in American Samoa. Our initial program with the good people of American Samoa is wrapping up this month as Dr. Benjamin Siatu’u finishes his intensive ophthalmology training in Oregon.  A surgeon from American Samoa, he has spent the last four years at OHSU acquiring the specialized skills needed to provide eye care in this distant … 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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