Community Health

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

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

Addressing gun violence: A message from OHSU President, Joe Robertson

OHSU is a community of people dedicated to healing others and advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Many of us choose to work at OHSU because it offers the opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our society and improve the world around us. Those values often impel us to take on challenges that might seem impossible. Today, our country is in the middle of an epidemic of gun violence. For those of us committed … Read More

Safer Summer Grilling

Summer has arrived in Portland, and for many of us, that means firing up the grill. Grilling is a great way to prepare meals — no added fat (such as with sautéing or frying), the kitchen stays nice and cool, plus the smoky flavor of grilled foods can’t be beat. However, cooking meats at high temperatures (mainly grilling, broiling and pan-frying) can form carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs form … Read More

“War on Skin Cancer” event to bring community together

Join the OHSU Department of Dermatology on Saturday, May 21, at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building for a fun and educational weekend event helping to advance the science of skin cancer prevention and treatment. OHSU and Portland dermatology providers will be available to provide screenings and sun safety tips about how attendees can monitor their skin health. Attendees will also learn about the best sunscreens to use and can take a turn playing educational games … Read More

Bringing hand therapy to Ghana

Each year, the American Association for Hand Surgery selects a single applicant to receive the Vargas International Hand Therapy Award. The purpose of the award is to foster an exchange of educational ideas between hand therapists in the AAHS and in the host country, resulting in improved patient care for upper extremity problems. The 2015 winner of the Vargas Award was OHSU’s Adam Crelling, a Certified Hand Therapist in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. … Read More

What you need to know about Zika virus

This post originally appeared on the OHSU Doernbecher Healthy Families blog. Medical and public interest has focused on Zika virus and its effects on the unborn babies of pregnant women. Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes; this virus has been detected in countries in Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Zika virus usually causes mild disease (fever, rash, pink eye, joint pains) and goes away without the person needing much medical attention. However, … Read More

OHSU’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2015

“OHSU has one purpose and that purpose is to improve the health and well being of Oregonians. And we live that each and every day across all of our missions and across all 96 thousand square miles of this state.” – OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson From groundbreaking partnerships that advance global health to a seemingly simple act of heroism by an “off the clock” OHSU nursing student, this year was full of large and small stories that changed the … Read More

Five facts about frostbite

Winter is upon us, and it’s important to keep your family safe in dropping temperatures. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or just working outside around the house, be sure know these five facts about frostbite: Frostbite is caused by freezing injury usually to the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes, parts of the body frequently exposed to the cold and whose circulation is easily impaired due to the cold. Prevention includes keeping these body parts covered with insulation, not going … Read More

A big step for our tiniest patients: Oregon, Portland have nation’s lowest premature birth rates

In a new report from the March of Dimes, the national non-profit dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth, Oregon, Portland and Vancouver have the lowest rates of premature babies. According to the March of Dimes, “preterm births are defined as births before 37 weeks of pregnancy and are a leading cause of infant mortality.” In their 2015 Premature Birth Report Card, Oregon’s preterm birth rate … 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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