On April 21, fifty-nine OHSU medical students and friends participated in 8th annual Hills for Humanity trail run/hike. The 5K adventure through the hills of Marquam Nature Park surrounding campus was held in conjunction with Healthcare Equality week, and organized by students to help sustain some of Portland's safety-net clinics.
The event got off to a great start in the 80-plus degree sunny weather, and when it was over, the students had raised over $1,100 for the clinics.
"Students got more than good exercise by participating in the Hills run," said Elyssa Ackerman, MS2. "Their effort supported the Wallace Medical Center, the SW Community Health Center and the student-run Health Care Equality Week."
"The Hills run is a lesson in action in which OHSU students learn to create positive health changes in their community and promoting social justice in medicine," said Weston Fuhrman, MS2.
The run was broken into two starting groups based on the entrants who were interested in racing and those who wanted to walk/hike. Student volunteers on the course directed runners as well as signs along the way. A post-race breakfast and refreshments were included in the registration fee. Some participants brought their dogs and walked with them on a leash.
This year's Hills for Humanity event was organized by five medical students. Elyssa Ackerman, Shannon Moseley, Weston Fuhrman, Kaeley Anderson and Joseph Volpi.
Several Oregon State University pre-med students also drove up and coordinated many of the day-of details.
For the past seven years, Hills for Humanity has raised monetary support for community safety net clinics, such as the North by Northeast Clinic, Garlington Behavioral Health Clinic, Wallace Medical Concern, and SW Community Health Center.
The Wallace Medical Center and SW Community Health Center are outreach clinics where medical students work with providers to offer quality primary care to Portland's low-income populations. At these clinics, students sharpen clinical skills while also helping to fill the void of health needs for Portland's underserved.