College of Health
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!
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.
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. 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.
Maret Traber and Russell Turner were recognized as best scientists in the field of medicine, according to Research.com. Donald Jump was ranked among the best biology and biochemistry scientists.
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
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!
Warriors guard Gary Payton II recently finished his human development and family sciences degree.
The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, can help cover the cost of studying abroad or an international internship. Recipients are selected from a national pool of applicants.
Congrats and happy travels!
Zoe Morton, an HDFS alum, was honored as employee of the month. She started working at Home Life Inc as an intern and was hired as a full-time employee. Cooper Hannan, was recognized as an intern spotlight for his exceptional work. Congratulations!
Associate Professor Kate MacTavish will receive the 2023 Oregon State University Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award on University Day, Sept. 19.
The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award is OSU’s most significant honor presented to community members who enhance equity through sustained efforts to advance OSU’s mission and improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve.
This grant provides funding to supply Oregon State’s Adaptive Exercise Clinic (AEC) with adequate and updated equipment to meet participants' specific needs and provide a scholarship fund for enrollment fees so the program is accessible to all.