Laurel Case Lectures

2023 Lecture: Decoding the Hidden Curriculum: The Culture of Academic Medicine through Sign, Story, and Song

Christy Ledford, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.

Culture is a communicative process. It helps group members make sense of information. It promotes a sense of order and logic that symbolically constitutes organization A strong culture creates a common language that builds a shared value system toward a shared vision of the future, whereas a weak culture stunts growth. Signs, stories, and songs can be powerful tools to cultivate a strong academic medicine culture that advances the health and well-being of communities.

This year's OHSU Family Medicine Laurel Case Lecture has been scheduled for Wednesday, October, October 11th from 11:30am to 1pm at the OHSU Auditorium. The speaker for this year's lecture is Christy Ledford, Ph.D., F.A.C.H. Christy is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the department of Family and Community Medicine at Medical College of Georgia at August University.

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The Laurel Case Visiting Professor spends several days as a guest of our department, interacting with clinical faculty, research team and residents of our discipline and other departments.

Laurel G. Case, M.D. was the founding chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU, leaving a 16 year private practice in the Medford, OR in 1971 when requested to accept the leadership of Family Medicine education in Oregon.


Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H.
AAFP's Senior Vice President, Education, Inclusiveness and Physician Well-Being

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Rebecca Etz, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Larry A. Green Center of Advancement of Primary Health Care for the Public Good and Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University

Laurel Case Lecture:  Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Promise of Primary Care Begins


Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Tenured Associate Professor, Reproductive Health Equity Researcher, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

Laurel Case Lecture: Stolen Breaths: Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of Police Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic on Black Lives


Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D.
Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Laurel Case Lecture: Minority Health and Health Disparities Research: Promoting Health Equity as Quality Care


Denise Rodgers, M.D.
Vice Chancellor, Interprofessional Programs; Director, Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University

Laurel Case Lecture: Persistent Health Disparities: Understanding the Role of Social Determinants, Implicit Bias and Racism

Grand Rounds: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health and Trauma-Informed Care


Kevin Grumbach, M.D.
Professor and Chair, University of San Francisco Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine

Laurel Case Lecture: Preventable Hospitalizations Meet the Social Determinants of Health