National Suicide Prevention Strategy Hearing Arrives in Portland

10/02/00    Portland, Ore.

OHSU One of Four Sites for Surgeon General's Office to Take Public Comment.

The U.S. Surgeon General's Office will hold one of four nationwide public hearings on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Health Sciences University Auditorium.

The hearings seek to include public comment on the strategy's draft goals and objectives. The hearing will begin with a videotaped greeting from U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., and a welcome from Joseph Bloom, M.D., dean of the OHSU School of Medicine.

The day's schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.   Welcome and greetings
9:00 a.m.   Overview of proposed National Suicide Prevention Strategy
9:20 a.m.   Public testimony begins
(Testimony is divided into three categories: Awareness at 9:20; Intervention at 10:35; and Methodology at 11:15)
11:50 a.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m.   Panel: Meeting Challenges of Suicide Prevention, Regional Experience
2:00 p.m.   Public testimony continues
4:30 p.m.   Closing remarks and wrap-up

The OHSU Auditorium is located just west of the fountain plaza and adjacent to Mackenzie Hall.