Oregon Poison Center Education Program

Public Education and Outreach

Public education is a significant component of the role of a regional poison center. Our goal is to decrease the incidence and severity of poisonings through poison prevention education and outreach.

Our public education program is implemented and maintained by a full time educator. Our educator works with community leaders to provide poison prevention training for community events such as employee & safety health fairs, as well as school events. Another component of the education program is social media outreach. The Oregon Poison Center strives to reach a wide variety of audiences through the use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

The education program uses materials such as Mr. Yuk stickers, magnets, brochures, videos, and posters to support poison prevention messages throughout the community. Our handouts, puzzles, and game sheets are available in downloadable form from our website. To cover the cost of purchased materials generated by this educational program, the Oregon Poison Center is dependent upon public donations.

Professional Education

As the only medical toxicology resource in our region, the Oregon Poison Center has a responsibility to provide education to health care providers regarding care and management of patients experiencing a poisoning or toxic exposure. The model of poison center service in high acuity poisonings is to provide telephone advice and treatment recommendations to treating health care providers.  The successful management of those patients is dependent on the skills and ability of the treating provider, combined with the knowledge and advice of the poison center staff. This successful collaboration is dependent on a perceived level of confidence and understanding between these health care providers. The comprehensive knowledge of poison center staff has been developed from experience in management of thousands of poisoning cases.  This cumulative knowledge base provides a rich source of information for health care providers in the community treating people exposed to toxic substances. In addition, the ability to provide health care providers with information on the most effective use of poison center resources can assure that the poison center is contacted at a point in the patient’s course when treatment can be most effective.

The physician and nursing staff of the Oregon Poison Center provides professional toxicology education through lectures, conferences, medical journal articles and didactic learning experiences.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us:

To order materials call:  (503)494-7799 or visit our site

To speak with our educator about our educational program call: (503)494-2196

To speak with our administrator about general questions call: (503)494-8600

Or if you are out of state call 1-800-222-1222 and ask to be transferred to our education department.

DO YOU WANT US TO ATTEND YOUR HEALTH FAIR OR EVENT? please call (503)494-2196 or e-mail your event's information at

Oregon Poison Center Educator

Fiorella Carhuaz, CHES, Health Educator