Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation
The center develops and supports convenings for public health, social service, governmental and other professionals. See below for information about our work as a NWCPHP Community-Based Training Partner, as well as highlights of events we have supported in the past.
The center is part of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP). We are honored to be a member of the Public Health Learning Network, the nation's most comprehensive system of public health educators, experts and thought leaders. With partners and research institutions across the state, we develop high-quality and relevant trainings to ensure public health professionals have the right skills and knowledge to be effective.
In 2018, the center co-hosted the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) Pop-Up Institute. This event aimed to improve data use for decision-making, as well as for communicating with the public and decision-makers about public health issues. The Institute was a no-cost two-day workshop for public health professionals and students.
In 2019, the center was a sponsor for the Children's I/DD Mental Health Summit. This summit aimed to effect change on Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Mental Health collaborations by blending systems via cross-training, communication and relationship building.
This event worked to be deeper and more connected than a typical convention. It coordinated panels, breakout groups, workshops and other sessions that inspired, nourished and fostered collaborative communication among all presenters and attendees.
Doulas play a significant role in the health of pregnant women and their babies. This one-day summit, co-sponsored by the center, shared findings from the community doula pilot project with InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization (IHN CCO). The pilot matched pregnant women with a culturally and linguistically appropriate birth doulas in order to reduce c-section rates.
This event was free and open to all maternity care professionals, Community and Traditional Health Workers, birth workers, policy makers, health insurance leaders and any other community based providers.
The center sponsored the 2019 luncheon plenary panel at the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) conference. The panel, called "Taking a shot at vaccination conundrums," was moderated by Paul Lewis, MD, Tri-county Public Health Officer. The panel discussed the factors that shape today’s vaccine landscape with perspectives of history, medical anthropology, parent and provider education, traditional and social media, medicine, and public health. Panelists included: