Health Care Equity Week

HCEW 2016 

2017 events

For years, OHSU students have organized a week of lectures and volunteer events to educate about disparities in the U.S. health care system, culminating in a weekend fair that provides free health screenings to hundreds of Oregonians who lack adequate insurance.

The event used to be part of a national Cover the Uninsured Week sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That effort ended in 2011 after eight successful years. But OHSU students, recognizing that a huge percentage of Americans still seek access to health care, have continued the effort under a different name: Health Care Equity Week. This year's events start with a fundraising run/hike on the Marquam Hill trails, continue with a week-long series of talks from expert speakers on health equity, and conclude with a weekend fair providing health care access to underserved members of the community.

Save the dates

Hills for Humanity: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. along the Marquam Hill trails

Lecture series: Oct. 23-27 – exact dates and times below

Health fair: Sunday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square

12th annual Hills for Humanity Run and Hike

Students, employees, faculty members, and friends participated in the 12th annual Hills for Humanity Run and Hike on Sunday, Sept. 10 in support of Health Care Equity Week. Participants enjoyed a scenic 3.7 mile loop through the Marquam Hill trails while supporting HCEW.

Interprofessional Lunchtime Lecture Series

From Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, OHSU will host a number of expert speakers to discuss health equity and other related topics. These lectures are available to all who are interested and will be held at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront. 

The Right to Health with Leslie Gregory, P.A.-C.
Monday, Oct. 23, 12-1 p.m., CLSB 3A002

Health Care and the Homeless with Jim O'Connell, M.D.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m., CLSB 3A002

OB/GYN Care and Health Equity with Jennie Leslie, M.D.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m., CLSB 3A002

Nurses for Single Payer with J.R. McLain, R.N., and Katie Strawn, F.N.P.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 12-1 p.m., CLSB 2S014/2S018

Access to Oral Health with Todd L. Beck, D.M.D.
Friday, Oct. 27, 12-1 p.m., CLSB 3A002

Health Care Fair

Taking place at Pioneer Square for the first time in its history, the HCEW Health Fair provides free access to health services for underserved people in the community. Volunteers from OHSU's Schools of Medicine (M.D. and Physician Assistant Programs), Dentistry, Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, Pacific University, and elsewhere will offer basic health screenings such as blood pressure checks, hearing and vision care, diabetic foot screenings, women's health advice, illness education, and dental care. Haircuts and pet care are two of the many other popular offerings at the fair.

When: Sunday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown Portland

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