Join us at the following events

Promoting Health Equity as Quality Care

Photo of Eliseo Perez, M.D.

November 6, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Knight Cancer Research Building Auditorium

2720 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Join us for lunch as our visiting professor, Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable will be presenting: "Minority Health and Health Disparities Research: Promoting Health Equity as Quality Care."

Dr. Perez-Stable's expertise spans a broad range of health disparities disciplines. His research interests have centered on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research work force.

Prior to becoming the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities director, Dr. Perez-Stable built a career at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Center of Aging in Diverse Communities.

Registration and more information:

CME pending.

Questions? Email

Co-sponsored by the Center of Diversity and Inclusion.


Public Health Models and Evidence to Guide the Prevention of Gun Violence

Photo of Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH

November 21, 2019

8 - 9 a.m.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital Vey Auditorium

700 SW Campus Dr, Portland, OR 97239

OHSU and the 2nd annual Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome one of the nation’s leading experts on gun violence prevention, Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., Bloomberg Professor of American Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The presentation will:

  • Summarize the scope, nature and trends of gun violence in the U.S.
  • Discuss public health models relevant to gun violence prevention.
  • Present research on the effectiveness of gun policies, restrictions on alcohol sales, interventions to reduce blight and improve the physical environment in urban communities, and approaches to reducing gun violence in urban communities.

About the speaker:
Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and serves as co-lead of the Violence Prevention Workgroup of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Dr. Webster has published over 120 articles on topics including gun policy, violence prevention, youth violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and substance abuse. He is the lead editor and a contributor to Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Dr. Webster’s research has informed policies to reduce gun violence at the local, state, and federal level. He previously led Baltimore’s Homicide Review Commission and now leads the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

About the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment:
The endowment was established by Mary DeFrank Braner, M.D., and Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., Credit Unions for Kids chair and professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. It was named for their children with a goal of improving education, awareness, interventions and policies to reduce the human cost of gun violence, especially to our children.

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hosted by OHSU Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Shanez Studebaker at or 503-494-4265 at least five business days prior to the event.


Past events

October 10, 2019

OHSU was pleased to host Quinn Capers, M.D., Dean of Admissions and Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Program Director of Interventional Radiology at Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers is nationally known for his presentations, scholarly papers and workshops on addressing implicit bias in admissions and his insights and strategies around creating an inclusive culture that promotes not only recruitment but retention of diverse learners, faculty and staff. Read about his visit and some key takeaways.

June 20, 2019

The advance screening and panel discussion of the documentary, “Behind the Bullet," offered attendees an in-depth look at four people who pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives. Winner of the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival for best documentary, the film reveals the complexity of each scenario, and describes the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting or an unintentional shooting.

A discussion following the screening included the following esteemed panelists:

  • Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

  • Yugen Rashad, coalition coordinator and health educator, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Multnomah County Department of Health

  • June Vining, executive director, Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver

  • Heidi Yewman, producer, "Behind the Bullet"

  • Facilitated by Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor, Epidemology, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Watch the "Behind the Bullet" trailer.

Co-hosted by OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the OHSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee

January 29, 2019

This year’s theme is Advancing Diversity and Equity: Making it meaningful to your life and work. The keynote speaker will be Laura Salerno Owens, a trial lawyer at Markowitz Herbold. Ms. Salerno Owens has served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in equal pay and gender discrimination class action against Nike, Inc.

In addition to the keynote address, there was a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion at OHSU and 13 facilitated lunch tables.

Visit the Women in Academic Medicine webpage for more information.

This conference was sponsored by OHSU School of Medicine, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, Center for Women's Health, and the School of Nursing.

January 17, 2019

The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The quote comes from an African proverb. It’s a profound statement about collective social responsibility, and is a reflection of the teachings of Dr. King.

The event was a celebration of “firsts.” It featured OHSU’s first African-American president and the great-great-niece of the first Native American physician, and the keynote speaker was Fred Williams, M.D., neurosurgeon, Tuality Healthcare, the first African-American to be named president of the Oregon Medical Association.

Dr. Williams brought elements that captured Dr. King’s message of inclusion and equity – drawing upon stories from many cultures and ethnicities, including Chinese, Japanese, Native American and LGBTQ.

Britta Ameel, M.D., resident physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, spoke about how her great-great-aunt, the first Native American physician, inspired her to become a doctor and help vulnerable populations.

OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., shared his journey through the segregation era and the first time he heard the proverb.

If you missed the celebration or wish to see it again, a recording is available online. You can view additional photos from the event on OHSU News Hub.

November 14, 2018

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Department of Pediatrics and OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted the live webcast and panel discussion titled "Keep us safe: Focusing our gun violence prevention efforts."

Presenters addressed the reasons for and the impact of the shift of policy and the public health approach to the state level, the issues surrounding the lack of research on key firearm issues, the translation of research findings to practice and the current role public health plays in addressing this critical public health issue.

This was broadcast of a live webcast by the American Public Health Association. 

November 5, 2018

The Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lectureship is honored to welcome Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. LaVeist has published more than 130 articles in scientific journals, focusing on the social and behavioral factors that impact health outcomes. His research focuses on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health.

Presented by OHSU School of Nursing, OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Foundation, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Knight Cancer Institute.

Recordings of recent Puhaty lectures are available online.

October 17, 2018

More than 700 community members took part in the first OHSU Diversity Career Fair to learn about our growing diverse team of healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and staff. To join our OHSU team or to discover the opportunities available, visit the human resources department

October 17, 2018

Laurel Case Lecture and Visiting Professorship was pleased to welcome  Denise Rodgers, M.D., vice chancellor, Interprofessional Programs and director, Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University.

The event was hosted by OHSU Family Medicine and supported by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

September 28, 2018

What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? John Matsui, Ph.D., assistant dean, Biological Sciences, director and co-founder, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley, will share his insights and recommendations based on his 25+ years of work with University of California, Berkeley undergraduates in his Biology Scholars Program and his participation on national advisory boards on STEM diversity for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Hosted by the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and OHSU School of Medicine.

A recording of the lecture is available online.

September 28, 2018

OHSU and the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome an internationally-recognized leader in public health and gun violence prevention, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., dean, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University.

As the inaugural speaker of the lectureship, Dr. Prothrow-Stith will discuss how violence affects public health, policies that address gun violence, risk factors involving our youth and strategies we can take together to keep our communities safe.

Hosted by OHSU Department of Pediatrics and Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

A recording of the lecture is available online.