Community Connections November 2013

All Oregon communities share the common desire to have access to the best available health care and health education.

OHSU helps by providing care to the underserved, extending the reach of health care, engaging in research vital to public and community health issues, and sharing the latest in medical advances.

OHSU hope to learn how it can connect with your community to improve the health of all Oregonians and provide learning opportunities to people who are interested in careers in health and science.

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Knight Cancer Challenge

The campaign to end cancer

Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, have issued a historic challenge for cancer research at Oregon Health & Science University – if OHSU can raise $500 million by December 31, 2015 the Knights will donate an additional $500 million.

Our communities are touched by cancer every day. The Knights’ pledge supports OHSU’s vision to make the most powerful life-saving impact on cancer care possible in the shortest amount of time. The effort will be organized around the biggest fundamental barrier to better patient outcomes – inadequate tools for detecting and diagnosing the disease early enough to save lives. In fulfilling this vision, Oregon will become the leader in advancing cancer care as OHSU builds a team of the best minds in cancer research, focusing them on the greatest opportunities for discovery in early detection and empowering them to pursue bold ideas. Leading the charge is Brian Druker, M.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the pioneering scientist behind Gleevec, the game-changing molecularly targeted cancer drug.

Individuals, families, corporations, government agencies and private foundations can help us solve the most important problems in cancer today.

Learn more about the Knight Cancer Challenge.

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Casey Eye Van

A mobile cause

High quality medical care can be financially beyond the reach of some people. The Casey Eye Institute Outreach Van is working to make eye care approachable for them by hosting mobile screenings around the state. The van travels throughout Oregon and collaborates with programs serving people in need to identify common preventable and treatable eye conditions.

See how OHSU is bringing sight to sites around Oregon.

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Ready, Set, Action!

Ready, set, action!

Occupational safety leaders around Oregon, including OHSU, are helping young adults recognize and engage in safe workplace habits to avoid dangerous situations on the job. It’s a serious topic with a light-hearted contest that’s creating a lot of attention, and knowledge.

Learn more about the contest and how you can get the word out.

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I-CAN project

Student power

Connecting student care teams with partners in southern Oregon is improving care for the disadvantaged in that region. The I-CAN project puts the teams together with underserved people and helps them navigate health systems and other community services to improve their health outcomes.

Read more to see how these vital connections serve the state.

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