Residents are struggling to find housing, wrestling with government bureaucracy and worried about toxins in the water, air and soil, all while burdened by the trauma of losing their homes.
The OSU center will be housed in the university’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
Trailblazer left everything – to be part of something. OCHI director Allison Myers reflects on the center’s success, including a mental health initiative, a food security project, COVID-19 outreach and receiving OPHA’s emerging leader award.
“My recent experience as department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reinforced my appreciation about the qualities of a true leader, which is not the same as a ‘boss.’ The way I see it, the dean works for the college faculty, staff and students. The dean’s job is to be a facilitator, to help create an environment where researchers, teachers and learners thrive. In our college that means helping researchers on their pursuit of scientific discoveries to improve population health and well-being and fostering a collegial and respectful environment where our teachers have the resources to guarantee student success.”
“It will take all of us working together – across multiple sectors of business, academia and communities – to create innovative solutions and cost-sustainable approaches that promote better health for everyone. This center can help create a compelling future for the health of Oregonians and the nation,” said Gloria Krahn, the Barbara Emily Knudson Chair in Family Policy and director of external relations for the college. She is serving as the center’s interim director until a full-time director is hired.