Co-locating to collaborate and accelerate impact

A community-focused theme comes together on the South Waterfront

May 12, 2014

The chance exchange of ideas after a bump in the corridor. The common goals discovered over the proverbial water-cooler. The “ah-ha” moment in the modern-day equivalent of the lunchroom.

3030moody-webWhile new and always-emerging online tools support collaboration independent of geography, the catalytic role of a setting that physically encourages regular human interaction remains an essential model for universities seeking to break down institutional silos and, hopefully, to accelerate impact in discovery and innovation.

Indeed, shared infrastructure supporting interprofessional education is an architectural anchor behind the soon-to-be-opened OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) on the South Waterfront.

Now, another collaborative community is taking shape on the South Waterfront in the 3030 Moody Building, located between the CLSB and the Zidell shipbuilding yards and beneath the Ross Island Bridge. The two-story red building is the new home for a number of OHSU units leading community-focused and/or health systems improvement initiatives in Oregon and beyond.

“This is an exciting time to create a common space for OHSU organizations involved in community connections and health care change,” said Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan, M.D., director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN), one of the groups moving to the waterfront. “The imperative of health care reform demands a coordinated approach to community health, including topics such as rural workforce development as well as the study of new models of care.”

3030Building-with-CLSB_crop-webThus far, seven groups/programs are moved into the 3030 building in late April. They are: 

They will be joined in the fall by the Department of Community Dentistry.

“These groups are state, national and international leaders in community-focused and health systems work. Our goal in bringing them together is to help expand the impact of their vital work to transform the health care system,” said Eric Orwoll, M.D., director of OCTRI, associate dean for clinical research in the School of Medicine and associate vice president for clinical research in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“This type of collaboration helps OHSU align with the interprofessional health transformation now underway in Oregon through the coordinated care organization, or CCO, model, in which physical, mental and dental health are being coordinated across communities,” said Eli Schwarz, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., chair of the Community Dentistry Department in the School of Dentistry.

“We’re looking forward to sharing space with our new neighbors and finding ways to collectively accelerate our impact on health care,” said John McConnell, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness. “And the soon-to-be CHSE lawn volleyball team invites all challengers!”