Our goal is to develop a holistic understanding of the health of individuals and populations and create feasible approaches to solving current and emerging public health and societal problems.
We study individuals across the life course, focus on health equity and addressing health disparities, and conduct both basic and applied research, including research on the translation of public health programs to real-world settings.
- Residential proximity to oil and gas drilling linked to lower birthweights in newborns, study findsA new study found that infants born within 3 kilometers of oil and natural gas drilling facilities in Texas had slightly lower birthweights than those born before drilling began in their vicinity.
- Recess quality influences student behavior, social-emotional development, OSU study findsRecess quality, not just the time spent out of the classroom, plays a major role in whether children experience the full physical, mental and social-emotional benefits of recess.
- Quality supervision, coworker support key to child welfare caseworker retention, OSU study findsInstead of looking at the reasons child welfare caseworkers leave their jobs, OSU researchers examined the common factors among workers who stay in the field, and what makes them feel most satisfied in their work.
- Pre-pandemic, Oregon child care was already scarce, new OSU report saysAs of March 2020, all 36 counties in Oregon qualify as child care “deserts” for infants and toddlers — meaning that there are at least three children under the age of 2 for every available child care slot in the county.
- Managing pandemic stress at every ageHealthy aging experts share insight into how older adults cope with stress related to the pandemic, and how people of all ages can use it as a learning experience.
- Older adults found resilience during pandemic through community, human connection, study finds“It’s a mistake to think of older adults as just being sort of victims during COVID,” Carolyn says. “They’re a lot more resilient than we think they are.”