OHSU staff, students and members of the public welcome
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health disparities in our society. BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) communities are getting sick and dying at far higher rates than whites. Yet this is simply one example of persistent, systemic inequities caused by institutional racism. They exist in health, education, wealth and the criminal justice system. As the state’s academic health center, OHSU has a duty and responsibility to address the underlying causes of adverse health outcomes.
Speaking truth to power in resistance to systemic disparities is part of OHSU’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist and multi-cultural institution. As President Danny Jacobs has said, “silence and inaction have led our society to where we are today and can no longer be tolerated going forward.”
An online event series will amplify efforts to improve health equity in our state. Health care providers and public health researchers have well-established partnerships with members of BIPOC communities, and are beginning to untangle and reverse disparities.
Join OHSU employees and students as we collectively learn about positive change underway in our neighborhoods.
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Interprofessional Care Access Network in Rockwood: A Partnership for Health Equity
Livestreamed March 3, 2021
There is no doubt that health care teams are strongest when they work together across professions. The Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN) works with students throughout OHSU to help individuals and families in underserved communities lower health barriers related to social determinants of health.
This panel presentation will bring together faculty from the OHSU School of Nursing and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, interprofessional students and community partners from the Rockwood neighborhood in the northwest section of Gresham.
Hear about how they work on behalf of individual clients in the neighborhood, and what they are doing to address health inequities for underserved and BIPOC community members in the era of COVID-19.
- Katherine Bradley, Ph.D., RN (she/her), I-CAN Program Director, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and Clinical Associate Professor, OHSU School of Nursing
- Erin Lemon, M.N., RN (she/her), I-CAN Faculty-in-Residence, OHSU School of Nursing
Wallace Medical Concern
- Christine Sanders (she/hers), CSWA, MSW, Housing and Health Program Manager
- Liam Directo (they/them), Junior nursing student
- Natalie Disher (she/her), Human nutrition master’s student
- Luisa Paredes Renteria (she/her), Junior nursing student
- Sydney Running (she/her), Senior nursing student
- Emily Evans (she/her), Senior nursing student
The first event – held Oct. 28, 2020, and available online – helped define health equity.
Panelists discussed the financial and economic consequences of health inequity, structural racism and COVID-19, and the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
Livestreamed Dec. 2, 2020
Social justice is the bedrock of public health. Students and faculty members in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health bring this value to the center of what they do. Their work has been essential this year – with the thunderous cry for racial justice and the COVID-19 pandemic being just two areas of response.
Learn how anti-racism and health equity are helping to train tomorrow’s public health activists, and how students are holding the school accountable along the way.
- Dawn M. Richardson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Social Justice
- Jonathan Snowden, Ph.D.
- Ryan Petteway, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
- Kalera Stratton
- Taurica Salmon
Livestreamed Jan. 13, 2021
Esther K. Choo, M.D., M.P.H., is a voice for change. Her work on health care’s frontline as professor of emergency medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine gives her a unique perspective on existing health and social disparities, and she uses traditional and social media to be a beacon for improving the system.
Join us to hear about her path to advocacy and how finding one’s voice can contribute to health equity and health care culture transformation.
Livestreamed Feb. 10, 2021
While all patients are at risk for miscommunication in health care settings, African American, American Indian, and Latino/Latina/Latinx patients are twice as likely to experience low baseline health literacy compared to white patients. Lower health literacy makes it more difficult to obtain, understand, and use basic health information and services to one's benefit.
Health care professionals can be trained to use clear communication best practices to mitigate the negative effects of low health literacy. Unfortunately, however, health professions education has largely overlooked such training, and most health professionals do not consistently practice clear communication techniques. The failure to train health professionals in clear communication is an important but under-recognized source of systemic racism in health care.
This talk will challenge us to focus on communication training as we strive to become an anti-racist institution.
Cliff Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., is an award-winning teacher of health professionals and associate professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine.
Lia Sebring, B.S., is the social determinants of health coordinator at OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond.
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