Photo of Portland, Oregon on September 9, 2020 by Tedder
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Many members of our OHSU-PSU School of Public Health community have been impacted by the recent wildfires. Some have been temporarily displaced, others have lost their homes, and all are living with the fear, anxiety, and health effects that the fires have brought. During this difficult time, I want to ensure everyone has access to all available local and university resources. We also are regularly posting resources to the SPH website, linked from the blue box on the front page at www.ohsu-psu-sph.org.
- The University Place Hotel and Conference Center, owned and operated by Portland State University has shelter for those evacuating the fires that are impacting our state. When contacting the hotel, please mention that you are a current PSU student, faculty, or staff, and need a place to evacuate. When making your reservation and at check-in, please bring your valid PSU ID. Rooms are available to the PSU community on a first come, first serve basis.
- There are a number of resources available for OHSU employees and students including hotel rooms for evacuees (see enclosed list). PSU’s Employee Assistance Program and OHSU Spark Work Life provides confidential support and assistance, including access to evacuation shelters, temporary housing, food, and other basic needs, or places where livestock can be safely moved.
- The OHSU Student Health and Wellness Center also has a number of resources for students, as does PSU’s Center for Student Health & Counseling (SHAC).
- Information on fires and support resources statewide are updated regularly by the Cascade Centers.
- The fires have caused air quality to become unhealthy in many areas. Visit airnow.gov for updates and additional information
- 211Info uses a database of health and service organizations to connect people in Oregon and Southwest Washington with the community resources they need, from emergency management to housing/shelter and food assistance.
- Additional resources are enclosed.
We know circumstances will continue to unfold in the days and weeks ahead. Please be assured we are here to work with you to meet your academic needs at this difficult time.
I hope you all remain safe.
Please take care,