OHSU Welcomes Mexican Health Officials to Discuss Workforse Diversity Efforts

07/24/02    Portland, Ore.

Oregon-Mexico health exchange also offers ideas for improving service to Latino residents


Panelists discuss efforts to diversify Oregon¹s health care workforce with Mexican health delegation in attendance.


Wednesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. - noon


School of Nursing Auditorium, OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University today welcomes a delegation of Mexican health officials for a daylong conference on workforce diversity issues. The Oregon-Mexico Health Professionals Exchange (OMHPE) will address employer recruitment and retention programs, the nursing shortage and strategies to increase bilingual and bicultural nurses, and legislation to ease the certification of medical interpreters, among other issues.

OMHPE was established to help improve the cultural competency of Oregon¹s public and private health and mental health services. Last year a delegation of Oregon health professionals traveled to Oaxaca and Michoacan, Mexico to learn about Mexican health services. This year a delegation of more than a dozen health officials from several Mexican states are visiting Oregon for two weeks of education about our health services and, particularly, how Oregon¹s health system serves its Latino population.