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Public Health Portland Style

A monthly forum for Oregonians to explore critical public health issues impacting our communities and our state

Jump to 2020/2021 event schedule

Public Health Portland Style, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s popular discussion forum, addresses some of the most important public health issues facing Portland, our state, and the nation today. From substance abuse to racism, climate change to colonialism, and rural health to Covid-19, Public Health Portland Style is a unique opportunity for you to learn more about these complex problems, ask questions of experts in the field, and share ideas on how we can work to address them in our own communities. 

Special thanks to the Ronald Naito-John McAnulty Health Equity Fund (OHSU Foundation) for their generous support of the Public Health Portland Style series for 2020/2021.

Panel discussions include faculty experts from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, community and industry leaders, and those with lived experiences, who all bring their different perspectives and expertise, share facts and opinions, and respond to your audience questions. 

Join us (virtually) from 6:30pm to 8pm every third Wednesday from October through April

Public Health Portland Style is FREE and open to all.  

Simply follow the link on each event below to find more information and to register for these free Zoom Webinars. They will also be live-streamed on OHSU’s Facebook page and available for viewing afterwards.

Continuing Education Units Available
Public Health Portland Style offers Continuing Education Units for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential at no cost to public health professionals. One CPH Recertification Credit may be earned for each event attended.

For more information about continuing education and professional development opportunities, visit the new Public Health Workforce Training website, a partnership of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and OHSU’s Community Outreach, Research & Engagement (CORE). 

Public Health Portland Style 2020/2021

Please note: Schedule and speakers subject to change.

6:30pm to 8pm, Thursday, September 17, 2020

Covering COVID-19: The Pandemic in Oregon Viewed Through a Journalist’s Lens

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Gun Violence in Oregon: Addressing a Public Health Problem with Public Health Approaches

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Should Your Relative Be in an Assisted Living Facility During a Pandemic?

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Balancing Risks and Benefits of School Closures and Reopenings During Covid 19

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Climate Change in Oregon: A Public Health Emergency

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Having and Raising Children in Rural Oregon: Challenges and Innovations

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, April 21, 2021

I Am Not Your Data, PT.I: Poetry as Praxis + Illumination for a Public Health of Resistance + Healing

So much of public health is built upon the bodies of the oppressed. Literally. The path to health equity is lined with our samples and specimens—Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, poor, immigrant, and so on. Bodies broken open in the name of equity. Entire lives, communities, and histories reduced to “n’s” and distilled into odds ratios and relative risks. Data. Stories are being written, tales are being told. And we… are being regressed. In this epic of health equity, it is time we interrogate who the protagonists and narrators are. It is time for new dialogues to humanize and (re)center the voice and agency of those most burdened by the social inequity manifest as health inequities. This session will discuss poetry as a site of (re)imagination and remedy, a source of resistance and healing, a mode of reclaiming and restoration, and a necessary format of scholarly discourse of health equity and social justice. Speakers will bring a creative, critical lens on the relevance and power of poetry in (re)creating/reclaiming narratives of health—here, as related to racial health inequities and matters of intersectionality therein. In a time when love and resistance must be simultaneous acts, come hear (and feel) why “poetry is not a luxury.”


Dr. Ryan J. Petteway is a social epidemiologist and assistant professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. His applied research integrates social epidemiology, critical theory, decolonizing methods, and CBPR/YPAR to examine notions of place, embodiment, and “placemaking” in community health, making use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to democratize research and practice processes. He thinks ANOVA GEE would be an interesting choice for a child’s name, and is convinced that BDP can tell us more about health than TPB. Dr. Petteway is also an award-winning poet, and is currently developing a book of poetry exploring intersections of structural racism, racialized police violence, public health, and COVID19. His poem “LATENT//Missing”, was the first poem published in Health Education & Behavior, and the first work of public health scholarship to use poetry as a format for critical commentary and analysis of structural racism and COVID-19. You can learn more about his research and creative works here.


Dr. LeConté Dill is a native of South Central Los Angeles and is currently creating a homeplace in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. She is a community-accountable scholar, educator, and poet. Dr. Dill holds degrees from Spelman College, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California Berkeley. Guided by Black Feminist epistemologies and using qualitative and arts-based research methods, she has a commitment toward transdisciplinary research. Dr. Dill listens to and shows up for urban Black girls and other youth of color and works to rigorously document their experiences of violence, safety, resistance, and wellness. Currently, she is the Director of Public Health Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University. Additionally, since 2015, she has been a Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Black woman in light blue top looking directly at cameraDr. Walidah Imarisha, Director of the Center for Black Studies and Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department at Portland State University. Imarisha is an educator and a writer. She is the co-editor of two anthologies, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements and Another World is Possible. Imarisha is also the author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She spent 6 years with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project as a public scholar facilitating programs across the state about Oregon Black history and other topics. In 2015, she received a Tiptree Fellowship for her science fiction writing. In the past, Imarisha has taught at Stanford University, Oregon State University, and Pacific Northwest College of the Arts.