Partners for Healthy Lives

 As Oregon’s only academic health center, OHSU has a special place in the life of Oregonians. We are a unique health and education resource for the state, and our goal is to improve the health and well being of all Oregonians.

We take pride in being a community leader, a good partner, and a good neighbor. On this site, you can read about OHSU’s efforts in areas as varied as green buildings and environmental sustainability, and the Oregon Opportunity campaign to advance biomedical research.

OHSU as a Public Corporation

OHSU as a Public Corporation

Since becoming a public corporation in 1995, OHSU has grown substantially – serving more patients, educating more students and conducting more research than ever before.

OHSU as a Public Corporation: Launching a period of growth and programmatic excellence explains how the change in governance model from a state agency to a public corporation allowed OHSU to expand its missions while also taking greater responsibility for its own decisions.

In this report, OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., explores a number of essential questions: What was OHSU like before the change? What conditions made change necessary? What alternatives were considered? What benefits has the change brought? What does the future hold?

If you would like to share your thoughts about this report, please send them to

Survey: What health issues matter to your community?

What health issues are important to you, your family and your friends? Take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey for the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative. The results will identify health issues that can be addressed by the community efforts of hospitals, county health departments and coordinated care organizations. 

OHSU is a member of the HCWC, which includes 15 hospitals, four health departments and two coordinated care organizations in the region. This unique public private partnership leverages collective resources to improve the health and well being of local communities. 

Your opinions about the health of the community will be used, alongside other data, to identify the health issues people experience in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington. 

This information will directly inform the HCWC member organizations’ community health improvement plans. HCWC will analyze the findings resulting in a public Community Health Needs Assessment available in July 2016.