Featured Research on Aging

This monthly forum is held on the second Monday of each month in the Hospital Auditorium OHS 8B60. The purpose of this interprofessional, educational opportunity is to share current research on aging across our campuses and in our community with goals to:

  • Promote interprofessional collaboration
  • Disseminate the latest knowledge relevant to the health and healthcare of older adults
  • Generate ideas for future research
  • Consider innovative research methodology


Featured Research on Aging

David Dorr

David Dorr, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.M.I.

"Using Data, Information, and Knowledge to Improve the Health of our Most Vulnerable Populations" 

How can we get better data?

What are some of the outcomes of Care Management Plus?

How can we use technology to help us do better? 

Featured Research on Aging

On February 12, Andrew D. Palmer, Ph.D. C.C.C.-S.L.P., speech pathologist at OHSU, discussed his research based upon a preliminary exploration using data from a national survey and his subsequent work, "Communication, Health, Aging, Relationship Types & Supports", or "CHARTS". CHARTS used a mixed-methods design with a "social networks" conceptual framework to further explore the importance on communication impairment on social relationships.
To learn more, please view the video recording of his presentation and the accompanying PowerPoint

Featured Research on Aging

Elena Andresen

The St. Louis African American Health Cohort: Science of methods & measures

 On October 9, OHSU Executive Vice President and Provost, Elena Andresen, PhD, presented  at the Featured Research on Aging forum. 

If you are interested in field research methods and measures in a successful metropolitan cohort and the advantages and disadvantages of individual and environmental, i.e., neighborhood, risk factor measures, please view the recording. You may also view a copy of her PowerPoint (page 49 of slides has a list of selected publications).

Dr. Andresen joined OHSU in 2011 after serving as professor and the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost at OHSU on June 1, 2017.   Elena is an experienced epidemiologist (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991) who received additional training in health services research. Her collaboratively funded research history includes the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her recent work has been directed at aging and the public health outcomes of disability across the lifespan, and health services outcomes research methods and measures. Dr. Andresen is the PI of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU.


Featured Research on Aging

Ana Quinones

Understanding Implications of Multimorbidity Combinations for Older Adults

She shared an "Oregon 2017 Senior Report" from the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings. Some findings from the report: 

Oregon's Strengths
Low percentage of ICU use
Low percentage of hospital readmissions
High SNAP enrollment

Oregon's Challenges
High prevalence of excessive drinking
Low percentage of able-bodied seniors
Low flu vaccination coverage

Dr. Quiñones is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and an affiliate investigator for the Portland Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System. She is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.  Her research interests address four main areas: (1) age-related changes in health, (2) co-existing chronicdisease (multimorbidity) epidemiology, (3) racial and ethnic disparities in health, and (4) health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable adults.

Colleen Casey

Hartford Sponsors Lunch & Learn           

Colleen Casey, PhD, ANP-BC, CNS

Dr. Casey, shared "CLINICAL PEARLS IN GERIATRICS" gleaned from her practice in geriatrics. If you would like to learn to appreciate the biopsychosocial complexity of caring for older adults, how to identify select high-risk geriatric syndromes in older patients, and how to appropriately evaluate and intervene please take an hour to view the Echo 360 video recording of the presentation. (Note: you must have an OHSU account to log into the video presentation)