OHSU Honored with ¡BRAVO! Award


As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off, OHSU is humbled to be recognized with the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber's 2013 ¡BRAVO! Award.

The recognition applauds the university's contributions to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon. OHSU received the honor at the chamber's annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration dinner, held Sept. 12 at the Oregon Convention Center.

OHSU has been a long-time partner of the Hispanic Chamber, which provides college scholarships, supports small businesses, and develops Latino civic and business leadership in the region.

From its inception 20 years ago, the Hispanic Chamber has sponsored scholarships for Latinos to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and OHSU this year sponsored five $1,000 grants.

Every year, OHSU Contracting Services and Human Resources departments participate in the Hispanic Chamber's annual trade show, which brings together entrepreneurs, small business owners, employers and job seekers for a one-day exposition of contracting and employment opportunities.

The Chamber's Latino Leadership program develops leadership and advocacy skills among leaders from the private and public sectors. Four OHSU employees have taken part in the program.

In addition to providing support for the Hispanic Chamber, OHSU makes a difference in the Latino community through educating the next generation of health professionals, conducting research to alleviate health disparities, and serving the community through health and wellness education.

  • A record number of Latino college and high school students participated in summer research programs at OHSU. They gained invaluable hands-on research experience by working alongside research faculty in laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Cultural Competency lectures, hosted by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, have focused on helping health professionals identify and address specific cultural and linguistic barriers for Latinos and other communities of color.
  • The Office of the Provost launched "On Track OHSU!," a mentoring program aimed at high school students in Woodburn and Jefferson high schools.OHSU students work with Latino, African Americans and Native American students to promote their interest in the health, science and research fields.
  • Latinos Unidos Organization is OHSU'semployee resource group for Latino students, faculty and staff. The group provides social support, networking events and mentoring opportunities to foster a supportive environment for OHSU's Latino community.
  • Research conducted by Dr. Kent Thornburg, Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, served as the catalyst for a recent community forum intended to increase awareness among Latino women about the importance of good nutrition to help alleviate chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • Research conducted by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman published in the journal Pediatrics has concluded that Latino children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are not receiving diagnosis at the right time, due to multiple factors in the clinical setting. Dr. Zuckerman and colleagues are advocating for language-appropriate screening, providing culturally appropriate materials to Latino families, and increasing the availability of specialists to Latino families.
  • Provided financial support for a number of events hosted by community and civic organizations, such as Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Wallace Medical Concern, the Consulate of Mexico, Familias en Accion, the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference, among many others.
  • Nationally, OHSU has formed partnerships with the National Hispanic Medical Association, Latino Medical Students Association, Hispanic Nurses Association, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences, Puerto Rico University, and more.
  • For the first time ever, OHSU hosted the Latino Medical Students Association Western regional meeting. Almost 100 medical and pre-med students from Washington, Arizona, Utah, California and Oregon gathered at OHSU for the weekend symposium.

OHSU Celebrates 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinos Unidos Organization is hosting a number of events in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated nationwide every year from Sept. 15 through October 15.

The mission of the Latinos Unidos Organization is to provide an opportunity for OHSU employees, students and volunteers to connect and collaborate across the institution to feel welcomed and valued, in addition to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to promote diversity and inclusion activities, making visible the richness of diversity in the OHSU community.

Everyone is welcome to attend any Latino Unidos-hosted event.

September 24: Latinos Unidos at OHSU Farmer's Market

Meet leaders and members of the Latino Unidos Organization, the employee resource group for OHSU staff and faculty.  LUO folks will be tabling at the popular OHSU Farmer's Market.

September 25: Free Screening of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans

Latinos Unidos Organization and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion invites the OHSU community to a free screening of the acclaimed PBS documentary Latino Americans.

The screening is scheduled from 5-7:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Vey Conference Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Latino Americans, the first made-for-television documentary series about Latin-Americans, chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the United States.

As the nation's largest minority group , Latinos are more than 50 million strong. The changing context of American history provides a compelling backdrop to the story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, and the gradual construction of a new American identity.

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Story by Maileen Hamto