Job Carving Program Outcomes

Success and recognition

  • As of June 2019, 32 individuals with disabilities have been hired as permanent Support Services Aide positions.
  • OHSU’s newest initiative is a partnership with Oregon Commission for the Blind, creating job placements for legally blind professionals.
  • Support Services Aides are thriving. Six of them have been promoted to full-time, permanent positions.
  • Support Services Aides are helping to improve business operations and provide better experience to OHSU’s patients. Utilization of Support Services Aides “carves out” portions of other employees’ roles, allowing others to increase efficiency and meet the primary demands of their jobs. This increases productivity of teams.
  • The success stories for Paul at Environmental Services and Emanuel at Patient Transportation were recorded by Employment First, which is a part of Oregon Department of Human Services. The OHSU Job Carving Program was also featured as a podcast.
  • This program is scalable internally and externally. Several external organizations’ Human Resources teams have expressed interest in OHSU's Job Carving Program. OHSU Human Resources has spoken about the OHSU Job Carving Program to hundreds of employers in various large events aiming to diversify the workforce in Oregon.
  • The Job Carving Program has moved OHSU closer to meeting the mandates of the Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ utilization goals for individuals with disabilities. This program also aligns with OHSU vision 2020; making OHSU “diverse in people and ideas.”


  • OHSU has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2019 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award. This award recognizes and celebrates institutional initiatives and programs that have made a significant impact with respect to inclusive and equitable workplace practices, particularly those that have brought about cultural change throughout the organization.
  • OHSU has been awarded twice by APSE, the Association of People Supporting Employment First, for commitment in hiring a diverse workforce.
  • OHSU has been acknowledged by two Awards of Excellence for meeting the highest standards of diversity and inclusionary hiring practices by Inter-state Disability Employment Alliance.
  • United Cerebral Palsy Employment Solutions gave a Diversity Leadership Award to OHSU as an employer who has hired multiple employees with disabilities.
  • OHSU was also recognized at the Amplify! Rock Stars and NIKE Amplify events by Dirkse Counseling and Consulting.
Gold rose being passed to sponsor of the program as a symbol of gratitude
All guests received a golden rose as a symbol of gratitude for their contributions at an award celebration. Joe Ness, OHSU’s Chief Operating Officer (right) and the sponsor of the program got recognized first by Riikka Salonen (left). Kristen Wong, HR Business Partner observed this exchange.
Sheet cake with Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award written on it
The Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award celebration cake was yummy, with chocolate-mocha-raspberry flavors.
A group of program participants stand in a circle sharing their experience
At the award ceremony all program participants (support services aides, OHSU leaders, job developers, coaches and other stakeholders) had an opportunity to introduce themselves and share how this program has touched their lives.
Four young interns and staff involved in the program pose with gold roses
(Left to right) Larissa Yoshino from OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Joshua Hina and Dana Halstead, HR interns and Liz Landes from Galt Foundation enjoyed the celebration and their roses.