Southern Oregon

Lynda Daniel - OHSU Community Research Liaison

Map showing Southern Oregon Liaison region for the Hub

Lynda is located in Klamath Falls and her region includes Klamath and Lake counties.

If you would like to contact Lynda please email

The Southern Oregon Community Liaison's role on the Community Engaged Research Team

  • Connect community partners with opportunities for research and partnership with OHSU and Oregon Tech to address health and wellness in Southern Oregon
  • Connect community members and organizations to research resources, including academic partners, to help move specific initiatives forward
  • Work closely with OHSU Campus for Rural Health and Oregon
  • Support OHSU academic collaborators by engaging stakeholders and community members.  Provide county level data and knowledge about the region, facilitate partnerships and projects  and data collection  (e.g. focus groups, interviews, surveys)

Project snapshot

Aerial view Klamath Falls at sunrise in Southern Oregon with foothills in background

Live Young Weight Management Program

Klamath Falls is a rural community with an under-served population of 21,000, with most residents living outside of city limits. The city itself is referred to as the City of Sunshine and affords great walkability/biking due to the short length of the city. Klamath Falls offers its residents many luxuries for a small town such as a multitude of great coffee shops, entertainment venues like the Ross Ragland, and nature trails and parks walking distance from downtown.

Live Young Sky Lakes Wellness Center clinic is in downtown Klamath Falls, about 10 minutes away by car to Oregon Institute of Technology. This multidisciplinary clinic opened in March of 2015 and is comprised of a physician, dietitian, therapist, fitness instructors, and administrative assistants who work together to prevent and reverse chronic diseases and obesity in Klamath Falls. All Wellness Center services are available to the community and include:

  • Weight Management Program – one-year multi-disciplinary program (must meet requirements)
  • Diabetes Prevention Program (must meet requirements)
  • Body Acceptance Yoga, Circuit-Weight Training and water aerobics classes
  • Mindful Meals Cooking Classes
  • Increase Joy Decrease Stress classes
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Live Young Sky Lakes Wellness Center
  • Katherine Jochim Pope, Live Young Sky Lakes Wellness Center Program Director
  • Casey Bennett, OHSU Community Research Liaison

Sky Lakes Wellness Center offers an innovative weight management program in Klamath Falls.  The Wellness Center collected a large volume of patient data, but didn’t have the skills on their team or the data in a proper format to even begin analyzing.  Bottom line is that while they had lots of patient success stories and anecdotal confirmation they weren’t able to illustrate with data the program effectiveness.  

This was a partnership that also involved Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) student externs in PHM entered all data from paper files into REDCap.  OHSU interns then worked to create a data dictionary and perform data analysis to determine if the program was meeting its goals.

Primary goals:  Participants will demonstrate 5-10% weight loss by 6 months. Participants will maintain weight loss x 1 year

Secondary goals:  Decrease number of weight-related medications, HgbA1C, LDL, triglycerides, blood pressure, fat percentage, waist circumference, amount of red/processed meat, depression scores, and anxiety scores; increase HDL; improve self-efficacy scores

Understanding where the program is successful (and where it is not) is important to inform how the program moves forward and helps move the needle on health outcomes in Klamath Falls.

This project was key in helping SkyLakes build organizational capacity to conduct program evaluation.  

Two contiguously-assigned Dietetic Interns rotating through OHSU’s Community Research Hub reviewed the literature behind weight management programs and determined how other weight management programs analyze their effectiveness; proposed an analysis plan approach to preceptor (and stakeholder); completed weight management program descriptive analyses; documented and presented the results of analyses. The Wellness Center did not have staff capacity for this, and it would have taken significantly more time to complete without the support of the OHSU Community Research Hub and student interns.

OHSU helped move the project forward and built organizational capacity (implementation of REDCap at Sky Lakes).

To date: OHSU interns created a data dictionary and analyzed approximately 100 patient records from the first year of the Weight Management Project.

Moving forward, more data needs to be entered into REDCap (OIT student externs) for future analysis by OHSU student interns to determine program effectiveness. Long-term goal to publish results; OHSU intern help and support for publication is welcome and encouraged. In future, hope to have OHSU MPH intern in Klamath to work on this project onsite at the Wellness Center.

Several mountains with one peak in the back in Southern Oregon
Field being cut by two large green combines in Southern Oregon
Crater Lake with island in the middle of it in Southern Oregon