Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Now on display: "For the Greater Good?"

Now on view in the BICC Main Library entrance, our new exhibit on public health:

Summer 2017 Exhibit:
OHSU Main Library, BICC Building 3rd floor

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives’ recent digital project, Public Health in Oregon: Discovering Historical Data, digitized and transcribed vital statistics on public health in Oregon. Improved access to and use of this data will inform current and future studies relating to public health in the state and around the globe. This exhibit examines the primary sources of the project, highlighting public health regulation of such concerns as communicable disease, food safety and sanitation, and eugenics at the turn of the twentieth century in Oregon.

The exhibit will be on display Summer 2017  in the OHSU Main Library, on the third floor of the Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) on OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus. For a campus map, as well as customized driving, biking, and transit directions, please visit the interactive OHSU map: http://www.ohsu.edu/map/

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Now online: oral history interview with Dr. Ann Beckett, PhD, RN

Great news! The transcript of our oral history interview with School of Nursing faculty Dr. Ann Beckett, PhD, RN, is now online.

Dr. Ann Becket, circa 1990 (School of Nursing Archives)

Dr. Beckett is a pioneer in public health and psychiatric mental health nursing, and a key contributor to the development of trauma-informed psychiatric care. She speaks to her experience finding nursing in college, entering academia at Howard University, and helping to guide the curriculum at OHSU. She also considers how a university like ours can strive toward creating a culturally inclusive, welcoming environment to retain students and faculty from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

This oral history interview is a really interesting read -- so we hope you'll dig in!

Read the interview

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Hambleton Project Records

by Rachel Blume

The Hambleton Project Records have been recently processed and the finding aid is available here.

Hello readers, we are back again highlighting issues of diversity and inclusion within our archival collections! 

The Hambleton Project Logo and Sharon Hambleton
This week, Historical Collections & Archives is excited to spread the news about a recently processed group of records that document the work of the Hambleton Project. Based in the Portland, Oregon area, the Hambleton Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide support to lesbian women with cancer and other life threatening conditions.

The organization began with Sharon Hambleton, who received help from a similar group in Washington, D.C. Impressed by the care given to her by that group during her treatment for cervical cancer, she was inspired to replicate that work in the Portland area. Unfortunately, Sharon Hambleton passed away from cancer in March of 1997 before the project could get off the ground, but the work she began was taken up and continued by her friends.
Buttons included in the collection

Because of prejudices at the time towards lesbians as healthcare patients, the Hambleton Project worked to guide and advocate for the patient, family, and friends of lesbians affected by cancer. The support of the group included providing services for individuals whose needs were not being addressed, bereavement groups for women who had lost a partner to cancer or illness, and outreach to the healthcare community in order to educate on serving these patients.

The Hambleton Project Records (collection number 2016-005) house records covering board and committee meetings, education and outreach events, and other related efforts from 1997 to 2007. Many types of textual documents are included in the materials, as well as some more unique items, such as DVD presentations, memorabilia, photographs, and a mammography comparison chart.
Hambleton Project Site

What is particularly exciting about this collection is the focus on revealing the specific experience of lesbian women with cancer and the struggle these women have had to receive quality healthcare. With in-depth documentation of committee work and events, researchers with interests in LGBT health and the changing perspectives and treatment of lesbians in healthcare will greatly benefit from these materials.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MONDAY: Live and live stream, Dana K. Andersen, "Pancreatic Surgery: Conquest of an Uncooperative Organ"

Please join us on Monday evening for our next History of Medicine lecture:

Dana K. Andersen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Monday, February 27, 2017
OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Successful surgery of the pancreas has required the understanding of complex anatomy and physiology, the development of methods to safely negotiate a hostile location, and technological advances which permit precise intervention. The transplantation of whole pancreas and islets illustrates the value of cellular transplantation, and has energized the development of a "bio-artificial" organ. Pancreatic cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, and the early diagnosis of this disease has become a healthcare priority. New methods of pancreatic imaging and interrogation provide opportunities for improved outcomes of pancreatic diseases compared to those obtained just a few years ago.

Dr. Andersen completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University, where he also trained in Internal Medicine as well as General Surgery. His career includes appointments at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, at the University of Chicago and Yale University, where he was Professor and Chief of General Surgery, at the University of Massachusetts where he was Chairman of Surgery, and at Johns Hopkins where he was Vice-Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is a past president of the Association for Academic Surgery, and a co-editor of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery. He is currently Scientific Program Manager in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

Sponsored by the Department of Surgery and OHSU Library.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. David Rosenstein (part two)

by Rachel Blume

The following post is part two of a two-part series inspired by our oral history interview with David Rosenstein, DMD, MPH. The interview transcript is available here. (Part one of this blog post is available here.)

In 1982, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute announced that what was then known as Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID) had "reached epidemic proportions and the totals probably represented just the tip of the iceberg."(1) To make matters worse, despite the reassurance of epidemiologists that no evidence had been found that the condition spread from person to person like influenza or measles, healthcare professionals were often terrified to treat HIV-positive patients.

Portland, Oregon gay and lesbian pride march in 1987
Portland gay & lesbian pride march in 1987 (2)
In the midst of all this, Rosenstein was contacted by his immunologist to say that one of his HIV-positive patients was in need of dental work, but no one would treat him. Rosenstein states in his oral history that the level of homophobia was unbelievable. According to his interview: "patients were talking to me about how doctors would say, 'No, take the magazine. That’s for you to take home' simply because they had touched it."

Yet, Rosenstein and his staff were nonplussed. In fact, he describes working with these patients as a challenge he enjoyed. During one of the greatest highlights of his interview, Rosenstein describes his proudest moment in terms of selecting the right staff. Knowing they were about to receive their first HIV/AIDS patient, Rosenstein called in the county health officer to meet the staff and talk to them about HIV. In describing the meeting, Rosenstein states:
He came over to meet with our staff. And he talked about HIV. And you know, I think this is when it was called GRID. Gay-related Immune Deficiency. It wasn’t even called AIDS or HIV then. And he talked. And he said, “Does anyone have any questions?” And Colleen … she said, “What can we do to make sure that we’re helping them?” And that was the only question. There was no, you know, will I get it, how do I protect myself. The question was, what can we do for the patient?
In this manner, the Russell Street Dental clinic developed an expertise in treating HIV/AIDS patients, and they came from all over the Pacific Northwest including Montana, Northern California, and beyond.

David Rosenstein
Rosenstein thrived in his work with these patients despite being questioned on the issue by his university colleagues, including the dean. Rosenstein remembered a time when doctors were afraid to treat black patients out of fear of what their white patients would say and responded to these questions with: "the day will come when you can't get away with not treating AIDS patients." And so it did with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Rosenstein would go on to lead the establishment of the HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association.

Throughout his oral history, Rosenstein expresses his wish that the OHSU School of Dentistry would have given a chance to more students of diverse and under-represented groups, including the poor, saying "give them an education. Let them go out and help people." That simply wasn't a priority to the School at the time. Rosenstein predicts in his closing remarks that there will always be people who get left out in the cold in the private healthcare sector and, for that reason, public health dentistry will always be there as a place to care for those patients.

If you have any records relating to the Russell Street Clinic or its predecessor, the Fred Hampton People's Free Health Clinic, and would like to donate them to our archives, please contact Steve Duckworth, University Archivist, at 503-494-0186.

1. Altman, Lawrence K. (1982 May 11). "New Homosexual Disorder Worries Health Officials," New York Times, https://web.archive.org/web/20160306162552/http://www.nytimes.com/1982/05/11/science/new-homosexual-disorder-worries-health-officials.html?pagewanted=all
2. Gay and Lesbian history collection, Mss 2988-1, Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library, http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv10913