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  • EOH PhD students receive competitive travel awards

    Mina Salehi and Allen Chan, PhD students in the Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory in the EOH program, received competitive travel awards from the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. Using the awards, they will present their recent work at the HFES annual international meeting this October in Washington D.C.

  • Grant to study exoskeletons among commercial fishermen

    Associate Professor Jay Kim and his research team received a new NIOSH grant ($950K: Federal - $710K) for three years to study exoskeletons among commercial fishermen.

    "This is a very exciting grant as this will be expanding our current exoskeleton research in mining, construction and forestry, now to the commercial fishing," Jay says. "OSU will be only one of a few studying exoskeletons in the wild (underground, forest and sea)!"

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    Across 2023, Professor and Extension Specialist Deborah John presented or will present study findings relevant to advancing equity-centered physical activity research and promotion practice at Society Behavioral Medicine, Active Living Research, Oregon Public Health Association, and American Public Health Association conferences.

    As a member of the PCSFN 2022 Science Board, PSE literature review team, she employed an equity-centered framework for research specific to environmental approaches for improving physical activity outcomes in diverse older adult populations.

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    Professor Emerita Carolyn Aldwin answered questions about financial planning for retirement in the WalletHub article "2023's Best & Worst Places to Retire."

  • Recent alumnus wins Environmental Protection Agency award

    Environmental and Occupational Health MPH alumnus Bruce Franz '23 received an award at the 2023 annual Pacific Ecological Systems Division award ceremony for his work to make ground water monitoring more accessible to stakeholders. Congratulations Bruce!

  • Workforce Development project launched

    OCHI has launched a Spanish-English Health Care Interpreter Training, in partnership with PACE, and with a generous gift from Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization. This OHA-approved training program prepares participants to become qualified or certified health care interpreters in Oregon.

  • Community Health Worker Training Program continues to grow

    The Community Health Worker Training Program continues to grow under Oralia Mendez' leadership and with PACE’s partnership. To date, the program has trained 398 CHWs! This year, with funding from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the program trained 16 veterans to become CHWs and the team (Oralia, Steve Spurgeon, Teresa Crowley, and Kaycee Headley) developed a continuing education course on veterans’ health for CHWs.

  • OCHI is the evaluation partner for OHA’s Healthier Oregon program

    OCHI is the evaluation partner for OHA’s Healthier Oregon program. This program expanded Medicaid benefits to Oregonians regardless of immigration status beginning in July 2022. OCHI is working with 21 different community partners across Oregon to conduct the evaluation. In fact, the team (specifically, Oralia Mendez, Araceli Mendez, Haley Delgado, and Daniela Aguilar) trained community partners in data collection procedures, and community partners conducted surveys with Healthier Oregon members.


  • OSU’s SEXpert normalizes curiosity about human sexuality through social media

    When Teresa Ashford, began teaching human sexuality in 2018, she inherited an anonymous online question box along with the course. Now, Ashford has ventured into TikTok to share her knowledge.

    While Ashford said anyone can be a “SEXpert,” her background teaching the human sexuality course, as well as her education–a master’s from OSU in human development and family sciences and another in women’s studies–certainly qualify her for the role.

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  • National Center for Families Learning award

    Associate Professor Shauna Tominey and College of Forestry Assistant Professor Xiangyou Shen are representing Oregon State University as one of three winners of the National Center for Families Learning's Sharon Darling Innovation Fund Family Learning System Challenge. They will use the $30,000 grant to develop a program – “The Playful Path to Parenting” – that encourages and empowers parents and caregivers to be more playful with their children.

  • MPH alumnus promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army

    Jeremiah (Jay) Nelson has been promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army. He received his MPH degree in 2013 and has a long list of accomplishments in his esteemed career. He's currently serving as a First Year Graduate Veterinary Education instructor at Public Health Activity Fort Cavazos in Texas

  • American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting

    Members of the Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver, CO. Sean Newsom and Matt Robinson (KIN Faculty) presented as part of a highlighted symposium, showcasing new, high-impact research findings. KIN doctoral students Erin McGowan and Phil Batterson presented their research in poster sessions. Congratulations to everyone!

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