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Public Health Portland Style Returns!

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, returns this fall with eight new programs, each addressing 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. 

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 May (no event in December). For scheduling purposes, the first event is from 6:30pm to 8pm on Thursday, September 17.

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.

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

Schools across Oregon closed at the beginning of the pandemic due to concerns around viral transmission. This fall, most schools in Oregon have been operating using virtual learning exclusively. Children are overall at low risk of having severe disease with COVID-19; however, there remain significant concerns around the health and safety of staff and teachers. This panel discussion will weigh the risks and benefits of reopening schools versus keeping them remote, using a public health lens to examine how children and families are impacted by remote school and how we can approach re-opening safely. Panelists include public health faculty and leaders in education from Portland. 


Dr. Leslie Bienen, MFA, DVM, Pilot Project Coordinator for BUILD EXITO and Lecturer at Portland State University and PSU/OHSU School of Public Health




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Amy Kohnstamm, Board of Education, Portland Public Schools




Blond woman in blue denim shirt smiling at cameraDr. Christie Peterson, Principal, Abernathy Elementary School, Portland Public Schools

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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

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Dr. Ryan Petteway, MPH, DRPH, is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. He conducts participatory research at the nexus of public health, public housing, and “placemaking,” making use of information and communication technologies to democratize and enhance research and practice processes.

Petteway’s current work examines place, health, and embodiment among public housing residents — with the aim of facilitating permanent mechanisms for including the voice of residents within local placemaking decisions and processes. Underlying this work are core notions of power, inclusion, and accountability in public health research and practice, and avenues for participatory urban governance. In this spirit, he’s currently developing a STEM-based high school curriculum focused on the social determinants of health, health equity, and participatory research.

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

Anti-Racism & Public Health: Returning to the Roots of Our Field

The incoming Associate Dean of Social Justice, Dr. Dawn Richardson, MPH, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Foundations of Public Health, Urban and Community Health, and Global Health. Richardson also serves as the Faculty lead for the Practice Experience.

Richardson is a social epidemiologist trained in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR). Her research advances health equity by integrating and building on new knowledge, combining social determinants of health with the science of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with the aim of developing policies and programs in response. Specifically, her research questions elucidate the pathways by which the unequal distributions of income, power and wealth (based on gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status, e.g.) affect health outcomes, social mobility, and access to opportunity. Working in partnership with community, she incorporate these findings into concrete programs and policies to promote population health. Her current research projects include: (1) understanding the intersection of place and health, specifically how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., race-based segregation, geographies of opportunity) shape health inequities; (2) examining the impact of racism, discrimination, and immigration status on access to reproductive health services and birth outcomes; and (3) evaluating work-place policies that impact maternal child health disparities (e.g., paid parental leave, breastfeeding support).

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

Addressing the Public Health Challenges of Rural Oregon

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

Climate Change: A Public Health Crisis

6:30pm to 8pm, Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Reducing the Risk of Post-Incarceration Substance Abuse